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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 27 June 2005






Weekly Update 27 June 2005




·         Appropriations Update

·         Slaughter Becomes Co-Chair of Great Lakes Task Force

·         Port Security Grants

Appropriations Update

Reps. Jeb Bradley (R-NH), Bart Stupak (D-MI), Robert Simmons (R-CT), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Vito Fosella (R-NY), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) negotiated an amendment with Rep. Ralph Regula that adds to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill an additional $22 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). … The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $106 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and $140 million for the Advanced Technology Program. … Click here for additional updates on appropriations for key regional programs.



Slaughter Becomes Co-Chair of Great Lakes Task Force 

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has accepted a Democratic co-chair position on the House Great Lakes Task Force.  She joins Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). Rep. Slaughter represents the 28th District of New York, which includes Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls. She is the ranking member on the House Rules Committee and is excited to continue her Great Lakes work on sewage infrastructure, aquatic invasive species, and water level issues.



Port Security Grants

The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter that asks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to give fair consideration to port-security grant applications from Great Lakes ports.  Unfortunately, DHS previously announced it would accept applications from only 66 ports, just one of which, Milwaukee, is in the Great Lakes.  The letter’s signature deadline is Thursday, June 30.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).



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