AGA Chairman Tom Skains spoke on Capitol Hill today alongside Members of Congress and activists to urge Congress to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) so that low-income Americans are not faced with the decision to “heat or eat.” LIHEAP, a program that has been woefully underfunded, assists disadvantaged Americans in paying their heating and cooling bills. Especially during this downturned economy, securing funds for this program is critical.
Along with Mr. Skains, speakers at the press conference included LIHEAP recipient Victoria Seals of Jackson, MS; National Fuel Funds Network Chairperson Sue Montgomery; Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN-8); Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-4); Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29); Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH-2); Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1); and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1).
AGA Chairman Skains explains to Congress why funding LIHEAP at a minimum of $5.1 billion is imperative.
Rep. Gene Green speaks as Reps. Bobby Rush, Carol Shea-Porter, and Paul Hodes look on.