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Weekly Update    22 January 2007



  • New Alliance ReleaseFarm Bill Report -- Press Conference
  • Electric Grid -- Briefing
  • Great Lakes Task Force -- New Co-Chair
  • Great Lakes 101 -- Introductory Briefing
  • The Budget and the Region -- Reports
  • Great Lakes Cleanup -- RFP and RFQ


New Alliance Releases Farm Bill Report – Press Conference


A report endorsed by more than 350 organizations will be released at a press conference on Monday, January 22.  “Seeking Balance in U.S. Farm and Food Policy” highlights farm and food policies designed to expand new agricultural markets, reduce hunger and improve nutrition, promote entrepreneurship and economic development, expand conservation efforts, and create a more diverse and equitable food system.  The report was developed by the Farm and Food Policy Project, a collaborative of family farm, sustainable agriculture, rural, public health, anti-hunger, environmental, faith-based, and other organizations coordinated by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  The January 22 press conference will begin at 9:30 am at the National Press Club.  Contact:  Allen Hance with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4015).


Electric Grid – Briefing


A Capitol Hill luncheon on Monday, January 22, will focus on electric reliability, prices, and the role of regional transmission operators in managing the electric grid.  The event, sponsored by the ISO/RTO Council, will run from noon until 1:30 pm in room B369 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Lunch will be provided. 


Great Lakes Task Force – New Co-Chair


Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) has been elected as the new co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, joining Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).  Senator Voinovich has been a Great Lakes advocate throughout his 37 years of public office. He serves on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee. 

Task Force members reelected the current co-chairs of the House caucus – Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Louise Slaughter (R-NY).  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).


Great Lakes 101 -- Introductory Briefing


Congressional staff are invited to participate in a briefing to learn more about the international and state-level programs and agreements that govern the Great Lakes.  The International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and Great Lakes Commission will brief staff on their missions and programs.  The briefing will be held on January 31st at 2:00 p.m. in 2218 Rayburn House Office Building.  Contact: Joy Mulinex.


The Budget and the Region -- Reports 


The Northeast-Midwest organizations on Tuesday, 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 key regional  programs. Contacts: Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, Katie Waszkiewicz at the Congressional Coalition, and Ari Strauss at the Senate Coalition. 


Great Lakes Cleanup – RFP and RFQ


The Northeast-Midwest Institute is soliciting qualifications and proposals for legal and financial consulting services related to its activities that support the cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes.  It is looking for expert assistance in analyzing the potential use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as a mechanism to help fund cleanup of contaminated sediments.  The two solicitations are RFP Legal Sevices and RFQ Financial Services.  Responses are due by January 31, 2007. 



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