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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 February 2004



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Regional Analysis of the President's Budget

* LIHEAP

* Great Lakes Restoration

* Aging in America

 

 

REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, February 2, will provide a regional review of the president's fiscal 2005 budget.  The report will analyze proposed funding for federal programs particularly important to northeastern and midwestern states.  It will be released to Coalition members, officials from dues-paying states, and regional reporters by late-afternoon on February 2.

 

 

LIHEAP

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Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions -- Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) -- are seeking signatures on letters asking President Bush to release the $100 million in emergency LIHEAP funding that was provided in the fiscal 2004 Omnibus Appropriation Bill.  Higher energy prices, severe winter weather, and slow job recovery in parts of the nation are placing additional demands on state LIHEAP programs.

 

Contacts:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition and Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.

 

 

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

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Great Lakes advocates met last week in Washington for a series of meetings to review congressional opportunities in 2004, as well as to set strategies for advancing legislation that restores the Great Lakes and protects against invasive species.  Click here for an update on Great Lakes activities.

 

 

AGING IN AMERICA

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The Population Resources Center -- in cooperation with the Northeast-Midwest Institute and other groups -- on Monday, February 2, will host a briefing on aging in America.  By the year 2020, more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 years of age or older.  Understanding the implications of this "silver tidal wave" is a major challenge for decision makers.  Speakers will be from the U.S. Census Bureau and the International Longevity Center.  The February 2 briefing will run from 9:30 am until 11:00 am in 121 Cannon House Office Building.