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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 March 2005






Weekly Update 7 March 2005



·        Great Lakes Restoration

·        Letter:  Community Development Block Grant  

·        Invasive Species Legislation



Great Lakes Restoration

Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), Carl Levin (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Mark Dayton (D-MN), and Herbert Kohl (D-WI) have introduced the Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act that authorizes $6 billion ($600 million annually for ten years) for new Great Lakes grants to states, municipalities, and other applicants.  The legislation also establishes a Great Lakes Federal Interagency Task Force and requires coordinated Great Lakes monitoring.



Letter:  Community Development Block Grant


Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Barney Frank (D-MA) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks the Budget Committee to oppose proposed cuts to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  The lawmakers also oppose the proposed transfer of CDBG to the Commerce Department.


Fifty-six senators signed a similar to the Senate Budget Committee, noting that CDBG is a vital regional program, helping cities, counties, rural communities, and states.  CDBG supports important community development activities such as housing rehabilitation, public facilities, public services and economic development. 


The signature deadline is Monday, February 7.  Contacts:  Scott Olson with Rep. Frank (202/225-7054) or Jordan Press with Rep. Shays (202/225-5541). 


Invasive Species Legislation


Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), Carl Levin (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and George Voinovich (R-OH) have introduced legislation to authorize the National Invasive Species Management Council.  Codifying an executive order, the legislation calls for coordination among the several federal agencies that seek to prevent and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species.


Letters:  Manufacturing Extension Partnership


Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), and Bart Gordon (D-TN) are circulating a letter asking appropriators to provide $109 million to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in fiscal 2006.  Contact:  Julie Smith with Rep. LaTourette (202/225-5731).




Responding to appeals from the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, the administration last week released an additional $50 million in emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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