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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 March 2004

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 22 March 2004


·        Buffalo Manufacturing Forum

·        Upper Mississippi River

·        Invasive Species

·        Manufacturing Extension Partnership

·        Trade Adjustment Assistance





Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Louise Slaughter (R-NY) on Monday, March 22, will host a manufacturing forum outside Buffalo.  The session will include presentations by several leaders of manufacturing companies.  Much of the discussion will focus on the adoption of best business practices and innovative technologies, as well as the work of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  The March 22 event will run from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at Multisorb Technologies in West Senaca, New York.


Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009)





The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Tuesday, March 23, will host two briefings on the draft recommendations being developed by the Army Corps of Engineers for ecosystem restoration on the Upper Mississippi River System.  Speakers will include representatives from the Corps, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy, and Upper Mississippi River Basin Association.  The House briefing will be held from 9:00 am until 10:00 am in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.  A Senate-side session will begin at 3:30 pm in 328-A Russell Senate Office Building


The co-chairs of the Upper Mississippi River Congressional Task Force are circulating letters that support appropriations for ecosystem restoration, flood control, and navigation programs in the five-state Upper Mississippi River basin (IA, IL, MO, MN, and WI).  In the letter, they highlight their support for the president's budget request of $28 million in fiscal 2005 for the Environmental Management Program.   The signature deadline is March 24.  Contacts: Darin Schroeder with Rep. Kind (202/225-5506) or James Beabout with Rep. Gutknecht (202/225-2472)





Two subcommittees of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, March 25, will hold a joint hearing on invasive species and ballast water management.  Invasive species cause enormous economic and ecosystem damage.  Among the witnesses will be Allegra Cangelosi with the Northeast-Midwest Institute and David Ullrich with the Great Lakes Cities Initiative.  The March 25 hearing begins at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.


Reps. Candice Miller (R-MI) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) are seeking signatures on letters supporting appropriations for National Invasive Species Act programs.  Those initiatives are within the Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers.  The signature deadline is March 22.  Contact:  Kimberly Bird with Rep. Miller (202/225-2106). 





Reps. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Bart Gordon (D-TN), chairman and ranking member of the House Science Committee, and Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY), co-chairs of the House Manufacturing Task Force, are seeking signatures on a letter asking the president to reprogram fiscal 2004 funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  This key program that supports small businesses was slashed, and unless funding is restored quickly state centers will close and U.S. manufacturing firms will lose support.


Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of the Senate Manufacturing Task Force, also are circulating a letter seeking $106.6 million for MEP in fiscal 2005.  Reps. Meehan and Quinn are circulating a similar letter in the House. 


Contacts:  Michael Beckerman with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496) and Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).





Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on a letter that requests $16 million in fiscal 2005 for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program (TAA).  The signature deadline is Friday, March 26.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


The House Manufacturing Task Force is circulating a similar letter in the House.  TAA helps manufacturing firms that have experienced a loss of jobs and sales because of foreign imports.  The modest increase to $16 million will directly assist small and medium-sized manufacturers and, as a result, thousands of American jobs will be created and saved.  Contact:  Michael Beckerman with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).