H I G H L I G H T S
* Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing
* Winter Energy Outlook
* Reforming U.S. Agriculture Policy
* Cogeneration for Manufacturers
* Brownfield Appropriations
STRENGTHENING U.S. MANUFACTURING
Members of the Congressional Task Force on Manufacturing on Tuesday, October 21, will meet with Commerce Secretary Donald Evans to discuss initiatives that can advance U.S. manufacturing. The secretary will review the department’s plans to establish a new position to coordinate manufacturing programs.
After the meeting, task force leaders will participate in a short press conference, scheduled for 4:00 pm outside 2125 Rayburn House Office Building (near Horseshoe entrance).
Contact: Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).
WINTER ENERGY OUTLOOK
The Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, October 21, will discuss the outlook for energy supplies and prices during the coming winter, paying particular attention to northeastern and midwestern states. Prices, unfortunately, already are higher than last year at this time.
The October 21 briefing will run from 1:00 pm until 2:15 pm in 236 Russell Senate Office Building (Armed Services Committee Room).
Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).
REFORMING U.S. AGRICULTURE POLICY
The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Thursday, October 23, will host the first in a series of briefings that examine innovative reform proposals dealing with agriculture, food system, and rural development policy. The session will focus on a recent study by the Agriculture Policy Analysis Center (APAC) at the University of Tennessee, entitled “Rethinking U.S. Agriculture Policy: Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide.”
Presenters include Daryll Ray, APAC’s director; Lorette Picciano, executive director of the Rural Coalition; and George Naylor, a corn and soybean farmer from Churdan, Iowa. They will address the broad context of farm subsidy reform discussions, high costs of current policies, low commodity prices, economic decline in the rural economy, breakdown of recent WTO negotiations, and specific proposals recommended by the APAC study. The October 23 briefing will run from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm in room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building.
Contact: Alan Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).
COGENERATION FOR MANUFACTURERS
The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, October 23, will sponsor a workshop in Worcester, Massachusetts, on combined heat and power (CHP) for manufacturers. The event is part of the 2003 Salute to Manufacturing Week. Workshop presenters will help Massachusetts manufacturers better understand the opportunities to deploy a combined heat and power system in their manufacturing facility. They will use case studies; highlight economic, environmental, and reliability benefits; and discuss available financing and resources. The October 23 event will be held at the Centrum Centre in Worcester.
Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition are seeking signatures on a letter that asks House appropriation conferees to support Senate provisions that provide full funding for brownfield programs as well as two vital administrative reforms. Appropriations would finance initiatives within the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development.
To sign onto this letter, House offices can contact Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).