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Weekly Update  March 2007

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Job Opening – Northeast-Midwest Institute’s Executive Director
    • Great Lakes Region Economic Growth – Briefing on Federal Policy Options
    • Great Lakes – Breakfast and Hearing
    • Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Hill Day and Letter
    • Invasive Species – Bill Introduction
    • Community Development Block Grant – Letter
    • LIHEAP – Letter
 

 

The Northeast-Midwest Institute – a Washington-based, non-profit, and non-partisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states – is seeking an executive director.  The individual will serve as the Institute’s full-time chief executive officer and coordinate with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions, bi-partisan caucuses that advocate for federal policies on agricultural, economic development, energy, and environmental issues.  Click here for a job announcement. 

 


 

Great Lakes Region Economic Growth – Briefing on Federal Policy Options

 

Researchers from the Brookings Institution on March 5 will brief congressional staff on renewal strategies for the Great Lakes region, with John Austin and Bruce Katz from Brookings will discuss findings of the recent Brookings report on The Vital Center: A Federal State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region, which highlights the economic strengths and weaknesses of the Great Lakes region and makes recommendations for regional actions and federal policies that can support the economic growth and vitality of this important economic area.  The report focuses on an economic region that encompasses all or parts of 12 states. The events, which will be hosted by the co-chairs of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, are co-sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  The House-side briefing will be held on March 5 from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm in 2218 Rayburn and the Senate-side event will be from 3:30 pm until 4:45 pm in 188 Russell Senate Office Building.  Contact:  John Austin at the Brookings Institution.

 


 

Great Lakes – Breakfast and Hearing

 

The Great Lakes Commission and Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, March 7, will sponsor the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast.  Click here for an updated agenda. 

 

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, will hold a hearing on March 7, beginning at 2:00 pm in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will focus on the impact of aquatic invasive species on the Great Lakes. 

 


 

Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Hill Day and Letter

 

The American Small Manufacturers Coalition on March 7 and 8 will host its annual Hill Day in order to advance the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  MEP is the only federal program designed to help small and mid-sized manufacturers.  Click here for Hill Day information.

 

Leaders of the Manufacturing Task Force – Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Jim Walsh (R-NY) – are circulating a letter that asks appropriators to provide $113 million to MEP in fiscal 2008.  This increase is the necessary first step in working to double funding for MEP over the next ten years.  The letter’s signature deadline is Thursday, March 15.  Contact:  Katie Waszkiewicz at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).

  


Invasive Species – Bill Introduction

 

Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) last week introduced the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act, a comprehensive approach to protect aquatic ecosystems.  The bill includes prevention, rapid response, screening, research, and outreach provisions.  To address the largest pathway of introduction, the bill require all ships, with limited exceptions, to meet an environmentally-protective performance standard for ballast discharge by 2012 or treat to the best performance level available.  It also requires ships with no ballast on board to flush tanks in the high seas before entering the Great Lakes. Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).  

 


 

Community Development Block Grant – Letter

 

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Norm Coleman (R-MN) are circulating a letter requesting the Senate Budget Committee to provide $4.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program in the fiscal 2008 budget resolution.  The letter’s signature deadline is Wednesday, March 7.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

  


LIHEAP – Letters

 

Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are circulating a letter requesting the Senate Budget Committee to provide $5.1 billion (the full amount authorized) for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the fiscal 2008 budget resolution and that the allocation provide advanced appropriations for fiscal 2009.  The letter’s signature deadline is Wednesday, March 7.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Michael Arcuri (D-NY), and Sam Graves (R-MO) are circulating a similar letter in the House.  That signature deadline also is Wednesday, March 7.  Contact:  Katie Waszkiewicz with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).


 

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