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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 27 September 2004



Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 27 September 2004

            Headlines

·        Manufacturing

·        LIHEAP

·        Dispersal Barrier

·        Appropriations Updates

 

MANUFACTURING
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A bipartisan group of senators is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve a reprogramming of Department of Commerce fiscal 2004 funds for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  MEP is a nationwide network providing technical assistance to small manufacturers.   

The senators previously sponsored an amendment within the Defense Appropriations Act that clarified the department could transfer $21.8 million to MEP.  Fifty-five senators in May asked the Commerce secretary to reprogram funding this fiscal year.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

 

LIHEAP
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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is seeking signatures on a letter asking appropriators to include $600 million in a supplemental funding bill for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The emergency funding would alleviate a severe, but preventable, crisis for Americans facing the staggering costs of home heating this winter.  The costs for heating a home over the past year have soared 47 percent for natural gas, 45 percent for oil, and 32 percent for propane.  The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition recently completed a similar letter.  The House letter’s signature deadline is Monday, September 27.  Contact:  Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

DISPERSAL BARRIER AND GREAT LAKES
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The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces continue efforts to prevent a delay in the construction of the second electric dispersal barrier in the Chicago Ship & Sanitary Canal in order to stop the invasion of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.  Because the Corps of Engineers is currently limited in the amount of funding that it can provide on the project, the congressional members are trying to increase that limit. Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).



APPROPRIATIONS UPDATES
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