Vermont delegation opposes LIHEAP cuts (Burlington Free Press
February 14, 2012
By Nicole Gaudiano
WASHINGTON – Vermont’s congressional delegation pledged to renew the fight for low-income heating aid following release of President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal on Monday.
The spending plan would provide $3 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps families offset some of their heating and cooling costs.
The request is $450 million more than Obama requested last year, but Vermont lawmakers say it isn’t enough. Congress approved nearly $3.5 billion for the program in the current fiscal year.
“For thousands of hard-pressed families in Vermont, LIHEAP is not a luxury but a survival tool,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
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Tags: Energy, Income Inequality, LIHEAP