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Weekly Update  5 February 2007

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • The Budget and the Region -- Reports
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) -- Letter 
  • Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Basin -- Conference
  • Corps of Engineers Funding -- Letter 
  • Administration's Farm Bill Proposal -- Summary Report  
 

 

The Budget and the Region -- Reports

 

The Northeast-Midwest organizations on Monday, February 5, will produce information about the president’s fiscal 2008 budget proposals for selected programs of regional interest.  Northeast-Midwest staff will compile a table with program-specific budget numbers and circulate it by noon on budget day to paying members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions and officials from states that financially support the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Later that afternoon, staff will circulate a document that also includes program information and historical funding data on selected programs. Contacts: Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (612/825-0443), Katie Waszkiewicz at the Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181), and Ari Strauss at the Senate Coalition (202/224-0606). 

 


 

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) -- Letter

 

The Senate Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee requesting an oversight hearing on Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’s) order on Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS).  VHS causes internal hemorrhaging and has a high mortality in certain species of fish.  The task force has concerns about the manner in which APHIS acted, the process that APHIS used to communicate, and the future process for completing a final rule.  The last day for senators to sign onto the letter is Monday, February 5.  Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 


Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Basin – Conference

 

A Chicago conference on February 8 and 9 will explore opportunities for Canada-U.S. partnership within the overall theme of sustainable development.  The meeting will focus on four priority areas:  economic innovative and prosperity, environment and energy, statistics, and infrastructure (both physical and legislative).  The conference is sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, Northeast-Midwest Institute, Great Lakes National Program Office, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, Brookings Institution, and Pollution Probe.

 


Corps of Engineers Funding – Letter

 

The Senate Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter to the Senate authorizers and appropriators of the Corps about the inequity in funding levels.  The Great Lakes have been receiving an inequitable share of the Corps’ operations and maintenance funding, and there is a backlog of work to be done.  The last day for senators to sign onto this letter is Wednesday, Feb. 7.  Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 


 

Administration’s Farm Bill Proposal – Summary Report

 

Click here to read the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s summary of USDA’s 2007 farm bill proposal.  Contact:  Alan Hunt with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4016).

 


 

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