H I G H L I G H T S
* Briefing: Bio-Based Materials
The July 24 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.
The Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition on Thursday, July 25, is organizing a briefing on "Superfund 101." Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Congressional Research Service, and the National Governorsís Association will describe the history, current status, and future of Superfund cleanups, as well as how those cleanups shall be financed.
The July 25 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.
BRIEFING: BROWNFIELD SHOWCASE
The Northeast Midwest Coalitions and National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals on Friday, July 26, will hold two briefings -- one in the House and one in the Senate -- on brownfield showcase communities. The briefings will review the new federal brownfields law; the status of showcase cleanups; and the various federal, state, and local funding mechanisms and partnerships which made these showcases successful.
The Senate-side briefing will begin at 9:30 am in 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The House-side session will run from 11:00 am until noon in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. Refreshments will be served.
APPROPRIATIONS: MANUFACTURING AND
Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of Senate Manufacturing Task Force, spearheaded a letter, signed by more than half the senators, to restore funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) after the administrationís budget cut funding to just $12.9 million. In response, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved $106.6 million for the program in fiscal 2003. It also provided $10.5 million for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms.
The Senate Appropriations Committee also approved $1.7 billion in regular LIHEAP funding and $300 million in emergency funding for fiscal 2003. This amount is $300 million above the presidentís request. The committee expressed its disappointment that the administration had not released any of the $600 million in contingency funds currently available, and it encouraged such spending given the energy assistance needs of eligible families. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, requested $3 billion for the program.
The House and Senate agreed on a Supplement Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2003. That bill provides $205 million for Amtrak.
DATA: GROSS STATE PRODUCT
BRIEFING: FARM BILL 2002 FORUM ON FORESTRY
Contact: Stephanie Kavanaugh (202/797-6574) or go to http://pinchot.org/pic/farmbill/index.html on the web.