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W E E K L Y     U P D A T E   September 15, 2015
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This Week on Capitol Hill -
Great Lakes Restoration
Hearing Announced
Discussions continue about how to fund the government beyond fiscal year 2015, which ends on September 30. Questions remain on what will or will not be part of a Continuing Resolution. Congressional committees are active, with this week's schedule of relevant hearings below.
GREAT LAKES NOTE: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment has scheduled a hearing on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Wednesday, September 30, at 10 AM. The event will be livestreamed and updates will be posted to the Committee's website .
  • House Agriculture Committee hearing "to review USDA organization and program administration," 1:30 PM, room 1300 Longworth House Office Building (Part I).
  • House Agriculture Committee hearing "to review USDA organization and program administration," 10:00 AM, room 1300 Longworth House Office Building (Part II).
  • Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider several pieces of regulatory reform legislation, including  S. 1817, the "Smarter Regulations Through Advance Planning and Review Act," S. 1820, the "Early Participation in Regulations Act," S. 1818, the "Principled Rulemaking Act;" S. 1607, the "Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act," and  S. 708 the "Regulatory Improvement Act," 10:00 AM, room 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on reauthorization of and potential reforms to the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (The Act applies to Federal recreation lands under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service.), 10:00 AM, room 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Oversight hearing entitled "NEON Warning Signs: Examining the Management of the National Ecological Observatory Network" (the National Ecological Observatory Network
     is a continental-scale observation system for examining ecological change over time), 9:00 AM, room 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security field hearing entitled "Pipeline Safety: State and Local Perspectives;" noon ET/10:00 AM MT, Montana State University, Billings Library, Room 148, Billings, Montana.
For more information, please contact Danielle Chesky, Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program or Mark Gorman, Policy Analyst, both at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
Call for Proposals: Transforming Food Access Summit 

Wholesome Wave, a non-profit organization striving toward the creation of a vibrant, just and sustainable food system, will host
"Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives " in Atlanta, January 11-13, 2016. The summit will be a forum for problem-solvers to come together for advancing solutions about affordable access to healthy food, which is inextricably linked to individual health, disease prevention, food security, and community and economic health. Compelling case studies and real life examples will act as a springboard for delving into actionable steps to create, evaluate, sustain and scale high-impact programs. In addition, the summit will provide an opportunity to build relationships, spark collaborations, and engage in policy change discussions. Topic areas will include: nutrition incentives in a sustainable and equitable food system; program design; research; policy; nutrition incentives in retail environments; healthcare integration; and technology. Wholesome Wave is n ow accepting submissions for presenters, sessions, and workshops.  Click here for more information and to submit proposals by Friday, September 18th.  

For more information, contact Colleen Cain , Sr. Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 
NEMWI Launches Search for
Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program
NEMWI has announced a search seeking a new Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program, an initiative that collaborates with the Great Lakes Task Forces in the House and Senate, working to advance the Great Lakes.  The position announcement follows:

Northeast-Midwest Institute
Washington, D.C.
The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program. The position directs the Institute's policy education and outreach focused on Great Lakes issues and in particular its work with the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces. Among the initiatives of the Great Lakes Washington Program are its work reflecting consensus-driven bipartisan priorities of the Great Lakes Task Forces, addressing Great Lakes issues that are relevant to the region and Congress, supporting Great Lakes protection and restoration while increasing economic sustainability in the region, and delivering action and results on behalf of the Great Lakes. Especially important is the position's policy education and outreach on Great Lakes issues, including liaison with Congressional staff and offices, outreach to the Administration and agencies, briefings, and communications, all to advance the Institute's work on behalf of the Great Lakes. The position reports to the President and CEO of the Institute.
Qualifications: Candidates must have three or more years of experience in government relations or as a staff member on Capitol Hill, with knowledge of environmental and Great Lakes issues preferable, and possess a bachelor's degree in public policy, politics, or a related field.
Background: The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research, education, and policy organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for the northeast and midwest region. NEMWI has unique standing in the regional policy-making process in that it was founded in response to the Congressional Northeast-Midwest Coalition's need for a trusted source of data and research as well as policy options and analysis. Building on its strong track record of advancing the well-being of the 18 states of the northeast and midwest, NEMWI is entering a period of growth and increased impact, enhancing its strengths in the areas of the environment and conservation, water quality, and the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, and exploring new initiatives ranging from economic vitality and the needs of older cities, to state-focused programs.
Compensation: Compensation includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, as well as an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
To Apply: Candidates for the position should submit a letter of application presenting their experience and interest in the position, resume, and listing of four references (which will not be contacted without prior permission), to: Michael J. Goff, Ph.D., President and CEO, Northeast-Midwest Institute, at .
The Northeast-Midwest Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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