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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 May 2004

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 10 May 2004


·        Manufacturing R&D

·        Combined Heat and Power

·        Home Ownership and Public Policy

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Invasive Species




The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Thursday, May 13, will host a briefing on manufacturing technologies that increase productivity and efficiency.  The session will pay particular attention to the Industrial Technologies Program that is a partnership among the federal government, industry, and states.  Speakers will include representatives of the Glass Manufacturers Industry Council, American Foundry Society, American Iron and Steel Institute, and National Association of State Energy Officials.


The May 13 briefing will begin at 11:00 am in 189 Russell Senate Office Building.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).





The U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association on Tuesday, May 11, will host a Capitol Hill briefing and reception.  The briefing, which will focus on energy policies that can improve efficiency and reduce pollution, will run from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  The reception begins at 5:30 in the LBJ Room (S-211) off the Senate floor in the U.S. Capitol.




The Population Resource Center and Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, May 10, will host a breakfast briefing on homeownership, housing costs, and the future of housing policy.  Speakers will be from the U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies; and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  Also sponsoring the event are the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and the California Institute for Federal Policy Research.  The May 10 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in 121 Cannon House Office Building.  





Senators are seeking signatures on a letter that asks the Commerce Secretary to transfer and reprogram fiscal 2004 funds to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  At the current $39.6-million level, as many as 40 MEP centers could lose all federal funding, leaving small manufacturers across the country without invaluable technical and business assistance.  Spearheading the effort are Senators Jack Reed (R-RI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), and Mike DeWine (R-OH).  The signature deadline is May 10.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).





Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are inviting senators to cosponsor the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2004 (S. 525).  They also are requesting signatures on a letter that seeks funding for critical programs authorized in the National Invasive Species Act of 1996.  The requests are for $7 million in Interior Appropriations; $4 million in Home Security Appropriations; $15 million in Energy and Water Appropriations; and $8 million for Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Appropriations.  The funding will support a coordinated federal, state, and local effort to combat aquatic invasive species.  The letter’s signature deadline is May 14.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).