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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 20 September 2004



Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 20 September 2004

            Headlines

·        Flow of Federal Funds Data

·        LIHEAP

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Appropriations

 

FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS DATA
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Coalitions are asking the Office of Management and Budget and the Census Bureau to provide continued timely access to accurate federal expenditure data.  The groups expressed concern about this year's five-month delay in the release of fiscal 2003 numbers, a dearth of up-to-date federal procurement data, and talk earlier this summer that the Census Bureau's Governments Division would not be able to update its online query system using the fiscal 2003 data. The Census Bureau's federal funds data are very important to the tracking and analyzing of state-level expenditures by federal agencies and programs.  Contact:  Matt Kane at the Institute (612/825-0443).

 

 

LIHEAP
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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks appropriators to provide $600 million in emergency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The letter notes that Americans are facing record high prices this winter for oil, natural gas, and propane.  These increases disproportionately burden senior citizens and low-income Americans who are also struggling to pay for higher food, housing, and health care costs.  The letter notes that supplemental legislation or the fiscal 2005 appropriation may be our last opportunity to act before the winter cold sets in.  The signature deadline is Tuesday, September 21.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
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Senate appropriators last week provided $112 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the only federal program helping small and mid-sized manufacturers.  The Senate mark for fiscal 2005 is well above the administration’s $39-million request and even exceeds the House provision of $106 million.  The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions and Manufacturing Task Forces have championed the program and continue to push the Commerce Department to reprogram fiscal 2004 funds toward MEP. 

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS
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