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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 May 2004



Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 17 May 2004

Headlines

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Clean Water

·        Great Lakes

·        Electricity Transmission

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Fifty-six senators from across the nation, and across the aisle, joined together to request that Department of Commerce Secretary Donald Evans reprogram funding to restore support for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program.  Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT), and Mike DeWine (R-OH) spearheaded the Senate letter.

 

MEP helps small manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace by providing technical assistance, support services, engineering services and business advice to small manufacturers.  The MEP program’s budget for fiscal year 2004 is only $39 million – 63 percent less than last year.  The current funding level is forcing many MEP Centers to close regional offices and reduce business services to small manufacturers.  Restoring MEP funding is necessary to ensure the sustainability of our domestic small manufacturing industry and its high-quality jobs.

 

Click here for a copy of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition’s press release or click here for a copy of the letter.

 

 

CLEAN WATER

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Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and James Jeffords (I-VT) coordinated a letter that urges appropriators to make clean water and drinking water infrastructure a top environmental and health priority in fiscal 2005.  The senators, joined by 51 of their colleagues, ask the VA-HUD subcommittee to provide $3.2 billion for the Clean Water and $2 billion for the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Funds (SRF).   Click here for a copy of the letter.

 

 

GREAT LAKES

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The House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment on May 20 and 21 will organize hearings to review Great Lakes water quality and restoration efforts. The hearings will pay particular attention to a 2003 report by the General Accounting Office, requested by the Great Lakes Task Forces, that recommends improved coordination among the various federal programs addressing Great Lakes environmental quality. The hearings, beginning both days at 10:00 am, will be held in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

 

ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION

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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Monday, May 24, will host a congressional briefing and tour of PJM Interconnection.  The PJM Control Center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, operates the electric grid and plans regional transmission expansion improvements in all or parts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  Round-trip transportation will be provided from Capitol Hill, leaving at 8:30 am and returning at 4:30 pm.  Contact:  Ginny Filipovic at PJM Interconnection (610/666-4755).