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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 January 2006






Weekly Update 16 January 2006




·         LIHEAP Funding -- Letter

·         Electricity Coordination – Congressional Staff Tour

·         Manufacturing Extension -- Letters

·         Great Lakes Planning – Meetings

LIHEAP Funding -- Letter


Reps. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Simmons (R-CT), Jeb Bradley (R-NH), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) are circulating a letter asking the president to release quickly the remaining $101 million in emergency Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding targeted to cold-weather states.  The letter also recommends that Congress double LIHEAP formula funding so that every state in the country receives an increase in this important investment.  Contacts:  Warren Gunnels with Rep. Sanders (202/225-4115) or Katie Waszkiewicz with Rep. Boehlert (202/225-3665).    


Electricity Coordination – Congressional Staff Tour


The region’s congressional staff are invited to tour the control room of PJM Interconnection, which operates the electric power grid in a 13-state region throughout the Midwest and mid-Atlantic.  Staff also will receive a briefing on regional energy prices, implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the operation of a competitive power system over this 13-state region. The tour, which will leave from and return to Washington’s Union Station, will take place on Monday, January 23.  Contact:  Ginny Filipovic with PJM Interconnection (610-666-4755).


Manufacturing Extension -- Letters


Leaders of the Manufacturing Task Forces – Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Reps. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), and Mike Doyle (D-PA) – have sent letters asking the Office of Management and Budget to include level funding -- $106 million – in the president’s fiscal 2007 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.  MEP centers across the country help to improve the productivity and performance of America's small and mid-size manufacturers and thereby enhance U.S. economic competitiveness.

Great Lakes Planning – Meetings


To discuss what’s on the legislative horizon in 2006 for the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Task Forces are organizing congressional-staff-only meetings.  House staffers will gather on Tuesday, January 17, at 2:00 pm in 2261 Rayburn House Office Building, while Senate staffers will meet on Friday, January 20, at 1:00 pm in 158 Russell Senate Office Building.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).



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