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Weekly Update 3 May 2006



  • Job Opening – Brownfield/Environmental Finance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Advanced Technology Program
  • Farm-to-Cafeteria Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • High-Performance Defense Manufacturing
  • Brookhaven Oil Heat Project
  • Great Lakes Congressional Report

Job Opening – Brownfield/Environmental Finance

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy analyst to help develop financing vehicles for economic development and environmental projects.  The analyst will pay particular attention to brownfield cleanup and reuse, urban forestry, community development, and ecosystem restoration.  Tasks will include researching case studies, preparing reports, organizing workshops and briefings, and advancing policy proposals on Capitol Hill.  Click here to review a job announcement.

Energy Efficiency


Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) are seeking signatures on a letter to the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in support of increased funding for critical energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy in fiscal 2007. The letter’s signature deadline is April 4.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

Advanced Technology Program 

Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Carl Levin (D-MI) are seeking signatures on a letter seeking a $140-million appropriation for the Advanced Technology Program (ATP).  This amount equals the Senate-passed appropriation for fiscal 2006.  ATP is an industry-led, competitive, and cost-shared program that provides grants to support research and development of high-risk, cutting-edge technologies with broad commercial potential and societal benefits.  The letter’s signature deadline is April 4.  Contacts:  Kevin King with Sen. DeWine, Alison Pascale with Sen. Levin, or Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606). 

Farm-to-Cafeteria Program


Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks appropriators to provide $5 million in fiscal 2007 for the Farm-to-Cafeteria program.  By linking local farms and school cafeterias, the program helps children to get healthier fresh food choices at school and farmers to strengthen their local markets.  Contacts:  Chris Saunders with Sen. Leahy (202/224-4242) or Jessica Foster with Sen. Specter (202/224-4254).

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, invite senators to join them in asking appropriators to provide $16 million for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms.  TAAF assists hundreds of mostly small and medium-sized manufacturing and agricultural companies that experience loss of jobs and sales because of foreign imports.  The $16 million represents TAAF’s full authorized level.  The signature deadline is April 4.  Contact:  Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606). 

High-Performance Defense Manufacturing


Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) is seeking signatures on an appropriations request letter in support of the High-Performance Defense Manufacturing provisions established by last year’s defense authorization bill.   This program is designed to help DOD develop and disseminate new, innovative manufacturing technologies.   Through this program, DOD is directed to develop new manufacturing technologies and then to partner with Commerce’s MEP program to disseminate them broadly.  The signature deadline is Monday, April 2, at noon.  Contact: Jamie Link with Sen. Lieberman (202/224-7201).

Brookhaven Oil-Heat Project


Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are seeking signatures on a letter seeking a $1 million appropriation for the Department of Energy’s Oil Heat Research Project at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Brookhaven has been conducting a multi-year research program to provide more efficient technology for heating oil combustion.  The research also is leading to the development of ultra-low-emissions combustion technologies that will contribute to a cleaner environment.  The letter’s signature deadline is April 4.  Contact:  Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

Great Lakes Congressional Report


Click here to read the April 2006 issue of the Great Lakes Congressional Report, which includes news about ecosystem restoration, oil and gas moratorium, fish-and-wildlife reauthorization, and appropriations. 


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