Good news on the LIHEAP front. Chairman Obey and the U.S. House of Representatives provided $5.1 billion in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The funds, included within the fiscal year 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act will provide critical dollars to low-income Americans struggling to heat and cool their homes.
A great video on LIHEAP.
Vivian Lausevic, our LIHEAP guru, sent an email with more good news yesterday saying the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee completed mark-up of the FY 2010 bill also providing full funding – $5.1 billion – for LIHEAP next year. The full committee is set to vote on the bill Thursday (tomorrow).
When we did LIHEAP Action Day back in February, there was real concern that this funding would drop. I’m glad to see it hasn’t. With the way the economy is, these funds will be critical in helping to keep many American families warm this winter.
Dave sums it up nicely when he says, “When the weather turns cold, families who are already struggling to make ends meet must struggle even harder or risk the ravages of living with little or no heat. With adequate funding, Congress can ease this situation and ensure these families stay on their feet financially, rather than fall into a dangerous downward spiral along with winter temperatures.”
LIHEAP is something that’s easy to get behind and the natural gas utilities do. Natural gas utilities provide more than $1.7 billion annually in program assistance to needy families.
Visit aga.org to read the full press release commending Chairman Obey and the U.S. House of Representatives.