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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 20 January 2004

 

LIHEAP

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Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalitions have asked President Bush to release additional Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funds (LIHEAP) to states, particularly those experiencing freezing cold temperatures that threaten the health and safety of residents.  While expressing appreciation for the $598 million released in December 2003, the lawmakers asked that LIHEAP’s full funding of $1.788 billion be released under the continuing resolution.

            Also on LIHEAP, the National Fuel Funds Network on Tuesday, January 20, is hosting a press event to release a new report on the inadequate level of funding for the LIHEAP program.  That January 20 event will run from 11:00 am to 11:30 am in 418 Russell Senate Office Building.

 

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

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            Leaders of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative have written to President Bush and Prime Minister Martin about the need for accelerated efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes.  Click here to see copies of those letters and resolutions.

 

 

RAIL TRANSPORTATION

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            Senators Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) – along with Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE), Arlen Specter (R-PA), James Jeffords (I-VT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Joseph Biden (D-DE) – recently introduced the American Railroad Revitalization Investment and Enhancement Act (S. 1961).  ARRIVE 21 is a comprehensive rail infrastructure development and Amtrak reauthorization package, which provides dedicated funding for high-speed, intercity passenger, and freight rail capital projects.  Senators plan to introduce the bill as a floor amendment to the rail section of the Commerce Committee’s TEA-21.

            Senate offices wanting to co-sponsor the bill should contact either Stephen Gardner with Senator Carper (202/224-2441) or Debbie Hersman with the Commerce Committee (202/224-9000).