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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 6 December 2004







Weekly Update 6 December 2004



·        LaTourette Elected Coalition Co-Chair

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Energy Information

·        Appropriations  


LaTourette Elected Coalition Co-Chair


Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) has been elected the Republican co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.  He replaces Rep. Jack Quinn (R-NY), who is retiring from Congress, and he joins Democratic co-chair Marty Meehan (D-MA).

"I'm honored to serve as co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Coalition and look forward to advancing issues of importance to our states," LaTourette said.  "I am especially interested in environmental initiatives and efforts to assist the manufacturing sector.”

Manufacturing Extension Partnership


The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing will be sending a letter asking the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to support the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program with a funding level of $109 million in the president’s fiscal 2006 budget request.  The signature deadline is close of business today, Monday, 6 December.  Contact is Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/224-0606).


Energy Information


Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions have asked the energy secretary to support additional funding for the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in fiscal 2006.  The lawmakers – Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Reps. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) – emphasized the department’s multi-year effort to upgrade and improve EIA’s data collection and analysis of energy markets, particularly petroleum markets.  


Click here for to review charts of fiscal 2005 funding for key regional programs.

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