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					Rep. Sander Levin’s Project-Specific Requests for FY 2008
(Note: the requests below are listed by Appropriations Subcommittee, but not in any
particular order. Except in rare circumstances, which are noted, our office’s policy is not
to submit project-specific requests for private sector entities.)

Defense

Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan for Vehicle
Armor Structure Development and Testing for Future Combat Systems and Joint
Light Tactical Vehicle. The $4 million requested would be used in the full-scale
development, testing, and application of innovative (light-weigh composite) materials for
lightweight vehicle armor. The funding will also be used to test various composite armor
structures under a number of extreme environmental conditions to see how they hold up.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Multiple Sclerosis
Research Program.** The $15 million requested would address treatments, triggers and
diagnostic markers for multiple sclerosis.

Automation Alley’s Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages
(DMSMS) Case Resolution Program. The $5 million requested would significantly
reduce the Army’s costs for weapon systems sustainment by developing a center for
directing the researching of DMSMS cases, designing engineering solutions and testing
alternatives for obsolete parts. This request responds to a longstanding problem of
obtaining hard-to-find parts for our military vehicles, especially electronic components
for the older vehicles. In some cases, the company that made the original part does not
even exist anymore. The entity to receive funding for this project is Automation Alley, a
consortium of business, government and education leaders, headquartered in Troy,
Michigan.

Dynamometer Facility Upgrade Program at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive
Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The $4.25 million
requested would replace TARDEC’s dynamometer, a machine used to measure torque
and rotational speed from which power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating
prime mover can be calculated. The TARDEC dynamometer is outdated and they will
need a more modern machine to evaluate future combat vehicle systems. The entity to
perform the work on this project is AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc., in Plymouth
Michigan.

Focus: HOPE’s Navy Mobile Manufacturing and Repair Cell. The $5 million
requested would demonstrate the feasibility of repair, restoration, reconfiguration and
reconstruction of worn out navy components. With a repair capability, manufacturing
issues associated with mobile field fabrication are either minimized or eliminated. The
needs for material availability and inventory are significantly reduced, structures are
more quickly returned to service. The entity to receive funding for this project is a
consortium headed by Focus: HOPE of Detroit, Michigan, which developed the
successful Army Parts Hospital Program. Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil
and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan.

Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit for its National Oncogenomics and Molecular
Imaging Center (NOMIC). The $5.186 million requested would be used for
collaborative consortium research funding in partnership with the DoD National
Functional Genomics Consortium. The NOMIC at the Karmanos Cancer Institute will
use these funds to develop technology that will allow for the diagnosis of human cancer
by defining oncogene signatures that characterize cancers in human patients.

Department of Defense for biomedical research for Parkinson’s and other
neurodegenerative diseases.** The $50 million requested would support research being
conducted by the Department of Defense’s Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Program.
This research provides DoD with information on how best to protect military personnel
and minimize or eliminate future exposures to toxic substances, to which they are
routinely exposed. Scientific studies show that these everyday exposures and risk of
injury put our troops at an increased risk for developing neurodegenerative diseases, like
Parkinson’s.

Fuel Cell Cost Reduction and Durability Improvement for Defense Applications.
The $7.5 million requested would be used by Ballard Power Systems, Kettering
University and Macomb Community College to conduct research, development and field
trial evaluation of fuel cell stack.

Department of Defense, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and
Engineering Center (TARDEC). The $14.5 million requested would be used for
facilities upgrades.

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps. The $300,000 increase in the Bush Administration’s
request would support this nationally organized, federally funded youth program in
cooperation with the U.S. Navy, encourages teens ages 14-18 to develop an interest in
basic seamanship, foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-
on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults. Sea Cadet organizations
exist in most of the maritime nations of the world. Recognizing the value of these
organizations in educating youth in maritime matters, the Department of the Navy
requested the Navy League of the United States to establish a similar program for
American youth. The Navy League agreed to do so and formally established the Naval
Sea Cadet Corps in 1958.


** These requests were submitted by a large number of House Members. They are for
longstanding health research programs supported by the DoD. Because these programs
are not authorized, the Appropriations Committee asked that Members who co-signed a
letter of support for the programs include them with their project-specific requests.
Interior/EPA

Macomb County (MI) Health Department. The $436,980 requested would help to
continue efforts by Macomb and St. Clair Counties to conduct Illicit Discharge
Elimination Programs to help track down wastewater discharges to the rivers and
tributaries of Lake St. Clair.

Macomb County Health Department. The $200,000 requested would enhance the
system of drinking water monitoring in the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair.

Oakland County, Michigan. The $1 million requested would help eliminate sewage
contributions from older urban areas of the County. The funding is focused on the non-
12-Towns sewers that have illicit discharges into the storm drains leading to Clinton
River and Lake St. Clair.

City of Lathrup Village, Michigan. The $520,000 requested would go to help the City
line a portion of their sewer system to reduce sewage discharges into the Rouge River.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The $305,000 requested would be used
to demonstrate effective strategies for controlling the spread of Phragmites on 1250 acres
in St. Johns Marsh along Lake St. Clair. Phragmites is an invasive grass that can grow up
to 12 feet high and is rapidly spreading along the Lake St. Clair shoreline.


Energy & Water

City of Mount Clemens, Michigan. The $660,000 requested would be used for
navigational dredging in the Clinton River.

Oakland County, Michigan. The $2 million requested would be used for the Kuhn
Drain - Red Run Restoration. The funding would be used for eliminating excess flow of
storm water into the Kuhn Drain basin.

Henry Ford Hospital the Henry Ford Regional Advanced Imaging Network. The
$750,000 requested would be used to purchase advanced medical imaging systems
(MRI/CT) for Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Michigan.


Transportation/HUD


Southfield Youth Center Committee. The $250,000 requested will be used to renovate
and retro-fit approximately 12,000 square feet of community space in the former
Southfield Library to house the newly approved Southfield Youth Center. The Southfield
Youth Center Committee is a partnership between the City of Southfield, Lathrup
Village, and Southfield Public Schools to provide safe and enriching activities in a
supervised environment.

Michigan Department of Transportation. The $5 million requested would be used for
Rehabilitation of I-696 from M-53 to I-94.
Road Commission for Oakland County. The $9 million requested would be used to
reconstruct and expand Southfield Road to a six-lane Boulevard between 10 Mile Road
and 11 Mile Road.

Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. The $3 million
requested would be used to conduct a New Generation of Transportation Bridges &
Infrastructure research program that includes the full-scale development, testing,
environmental conditioning, and application of a new generation of highway bridge
systems using innovative materials.

Focus: HOPE. The $800,000 requested would be used for the final phase of renovations
to Focus: HOPE’s Machinist Training Institute. Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized
civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan.

Charter Township of Clinton Downtown Development Authority. The $200,000
requested would be used for streetscape improvements on Gratiot Avenue.

The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan. The $578,000 requested would be used for
facilities upgrades to house Academy for Humane Education programs.

Road Commission for Oakland County, Michigan. The $1.2 million requested would
be used for signal system upgrades on Lahser Road from 9 Mile Road to 12 Mile Road.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The $400,000 requested will enable United
Way to build 114 ramps for low-income households in the 12th Congressional District of
Michigan.

Covenant House Michigan (CHM). The $500,000 requested would be used to make
infrastructure and technology upgrades to its facility, including back-up generators,
emergency lighting, wiring upgrades, and computers. CHM provides homeless, runaway
and at-risk youth with education and vocational programs as well as other support
services to help them toward a path to meaningful and successful adulthood.

Charter Township of Royal Oak, Michigan. The $638,000 requested would be used
for architectural and design phase of a municipal complex and recreation center.

Oak Park Jewish Studies Campus. The $1 million requested would be used for
improvements and renovations to an educational center and student housing. The Oak
Park Jewish Studies Campus is affiliated with Chabad-Lubavitch, an internationally
recognized humanitarian and charitable organization providing social services, outreach
and mentorship to youth, families, immigrants and the elderly, from all socio-economic
groups.


Labor/HHS
United Way of Southeastern Michigan. The $400,000 requested would help fund
United Way’s Communities of Early Learning Initiative, which is designed to strengthen
and enhance the ability of local communities to provide high-quality early care and
education to children aged 0-6. The funding would help to establish four ELC “hubs,”
one in Warren, one in Ferndale and two in Wayne County, to serve low-income children
in the area as well as to help educate their parents on appropriate early childhood
education and care.

The State of Michigan. The $2 million requested would support the Michigan Health
Information Network (MHIN) pilot program. MIHIN is part of the Governor Granholm’s
tri-part plan for health care in Michigan which also includes a focus on expansion of
coverage (Michigan First) and wellness. The MIHIN group consists of over 300 public
and private healthcare stakeholders and Michigan will have the nation’s fist statewide
network.

Oakland Community College, Oakland County, Michigan. The $1.1 million
requested would support Oakland Community College’s International Education
Program. The goal of this pilot program is to develop a national model international
education program for community colleges.

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan. The $500,000 requested
would support the University’s Improving the Community/University Wireless Network.
The requested funding would allow Lawrence Technological University to expand the
University’s network beyond the campus boundaries to include the City of Southfield’s
Civic Center Complex. This shared university/city network would extend public wireless
access to citizens, attorneys, law enforcement, and businesses.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM). The $650,000 requested would be used by
the non-profit Presbyterian Villages of Michigan to create a comprehensive job training,
certification, and continuing education program for healthcare professionals working for
PVM.

Focus: HOPE. The $675,000 requested would support the Focus: HOPE Experimental
Learning Laboratory. This funding would help fund the establishment of an experiential
learning laboratory, related equipment and technology in support of expanded
undergraduate programming at its Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT). CAT
provides a tuition-free hands-on engineering education in conjunction with area
university partners on location at production plants in the area. Focus: HOPE is a
nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan.

Oakland Community College, Oakland, Michigan. The $1 million requested would
support the College’s Emerging Sectors Program. Oakland Community College is taking
the lead to establish a consortium of educational institutions in Oakland County and
southeastern Michigan to support the Emerging Sectors initiative of Oakland County
government. The purpose of the initiative is to attract companies with an assurance of full
access to training and other education resources to create the skilled workforce needed
for these high-wage, high–skill occupations.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Clinton Twp., Michigan. The $2 million requested would
support the expansion of St. Joseph’s Radiation Oncology program. The requested
funding would be used by St. Joseph’s to upgrade their Radiation Oncology program by
replacing their Linear Accelerator which has been in service for over 20 years.

Covenant House of Michigan (CHM). The $600,000 requested would support the
organization’s Mental Health Services for Homeless Youth. The Covenant House of
Michigan (CHM) provides food, clothing, shelter and education for the hundreds of
homeless youth in the metro Detroit area. The requested funding would allow CHM to
add dedicated mental health services for at risk youth by hiring two mental health nurse
practitioners to provide assistance for current CHM residents.

Cyber Seniors, Experience Senior Power/Digital Divide (ESP/DD). The $942,400
requested would support the Experience Senior Power program, which pairs
underprivileged children with senior citizens to teach both generations how to use
computers and the Internet in nursing homes, senior apartment complexes, community
centers and schools. This funding will help maintain and expand this important program.


Homeland Security

Macomb County, Michigan. The $1.25 million requested would support Macomb
County, Michigan, deploy Interoperable Communications throughout the southern
portion of this heavily populated, international border county were identified as the
number one priority during the DHS State Homeland Security Assessment and Strategy
Report of 2003.

Southeast Oakland County SWAT. The $152,000 requested would support a SWAT
Mobile Command Post. Southeast Oakland SWAT is a consortium of Ferndale, Royal
Oak and Madison Heights which all contribute to and share a SWAT team. Currently, the
consortium does not have a vehicle suitable for use as a critical incident command center.
Having a mobile command vehicle will enable the region to more effectively respond to
not only SWAT situations, but also to centralize a command structure to more effectively
react to any serious incident requiring emergency response.


Commerce, Justice, Science

Macomb County, Michigan. The $1.25 million requested would support Macomb
County, Michigan, deploy Interoperable Communications throughout the southern
portion of this heavily populated, international border county were identified as the
number one priority during the DHS State Homeland Security Assessment and Strategy
Report of 2003.
Southeast Oakland County SWAT. The $152,000 requested would support a SWAT
Mobile Command Post. Southeast Oakland SWAT is a consortium of Ferndale, Royal
Oak and Madison Heights which all contribute to and share a SWAT team. Currently, the
consortium does not have a vehicle suitable for use as a critical incident command center.
Having a mobile command vehicle will enable the region to more effectively respond to
not only SWAT situations, but also to centralize a command structure to more effectively
react to any serious incident requiring

Oakland County Sheriff Department. The $693,000 requested would support the
deployment of CLEMIS Live Scan Units. CLEMIS – the Courts and Law Enforcement
Management Information System – is a law enforcement consortium of 105 law
enforcement agencies in Southeast Michigan. The requested funding would provide
Live Scan devices to 21 law enforcement agencies within the CLEMIS consortium. Live
Scans obtain fingerprints to be electronically forwarded to CLEMIS as well as State and
Federal law enforcement agencies for a rapid identity check, search of outstanding
warrants, etc.


Financial Services
Macomb County, Michigan, Department of Planning and Economic Development.
The $500,000 requested would support the creation of a Macomb County Business
Accelerator as part of the Southeast Michigan Regional Innovation Network. The
requested funding would be used for planning and start-up costs related to the creation of
a Macomb County Business Accelerator.


State, Foreign Ops
Note: All requests in this bill are for report language requesting that the relevant agency
give consideration to the projects, rather than directing such funding.

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. The $1.5 million requested for the
organization’s Ukrainian Legislative Development Program is to provide training,
technical support, and exchanges for a more effective, responsive, efficient national
legislature in Ukraine. The program intends to establish itself with a relatively small
group of “institutional reform champions” who can offer irreplaceable leadership in
helping to carry momentum forward into more challenging areas of reform.

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. The $1.5 million requested would
support the organization’s “NATO for Ukraine” Civic Education Program. The “NATO
for Ukraine” project will educate Ukrainians about NATO through an all-encompassing
civic education campaign in an effort to foster an open dialogue while empowering
citizens with accurate information about the alliance. The program, which will bring
together NATO experts and the general public in Town Hall meetings throughout the
country, also employs traditional educational methods, including: focus groups;
production and dissemination of informational brochures; Television and Radio public
service announcements (psa’s); 3-part television series; and analytical newspaper articles.

The Daughters of Charity International Project Services, Southfield, Michigan. The
$6.1 million would support the organization’s Project DREAM HIV/AIDS Program in
Congo and Cameroon. DREAM is 99% effective in preventing mother-to-child
transmission and also restores the health of the mother to a high level, so that she can care
for her children. The Daughters of Charity are about to establish new centers in the
Congo and Cameroon. The five-year budget for the Congo is $3,188,700. The five-year
budget for Cameroon is $2,914,770.

				
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