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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 December 2003



HHS RELEASES LIHEAP FUNDS

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Responding to requests from the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions, the Department of Health and Human Services is immediately releasing $273 million in first-quarter funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  HHS will release another $325 million in LIHEAP dollars on January 1.  Click here to obtain a list of state-by-state allocations.

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Leaders of the House and Senate Manufacturing Task Forces have asked the Office of Management and Budget to request $110 million in the president's fiscal 2005 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  MEP is a federal/state partnership that helps small manufacturers become productive and competitive.

 

 

NATURAL GAS WORKING GROUP

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The Bipartisan Natural Gas Working Group -- co-chaired by Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) -- is crafting legislation that will help stabilize natural gas prices and supply.  The working group's objective is to develop and advance environmentally-responsible consensus legislation promoting the near- and long-term affordability and price stability of natural gas.

 

Contact:  Michael Beckerman with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).