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. […]

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Welch pushes Obama for more home heating assistance (Brattleboro Reformer)

January 31, 2012

By Chris Garofalo BRATTLEBORO — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch has signed a bipartisan-sponsored letter to Pres. Barack Obama calling for the complete funding of the nationwide heating program. Welch, a Vermont Democrat, is one of 103 House members urging Obama to fully fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the president’s budget, which […]

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In Waterville, Snowe hears heat concerns (Morning Sentinel)

January 13, 2012

By Beth Staples WATERVILLE — Lori Williams attends college full-time, answers phones at H&R Block on Saturdays during tax season and sometimes opens the oven door to help keep her 2-year-old son, Ethan, warm. Thursday, Williams told U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, how federal cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program have affected […]

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CVPS steps up donations through its heat program (Bennington Banner)

December 27, 2011

By Keith Whitcomb, Jr BENNINGTON — With federal cuts to heating assistance, the state’s largest utility is stepping up efforts through its own program. For the past 24 years, Central Vermont Public Service has offered to match, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 from customer donations as part of a program called Shareheat. CVPS Spokesman […]

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Editorial: President’s Cold Shoulder On Fuel Aid (Hartford Courant)

December 17, 2011

This year, it is not difficult for Connecticut residents to imagine a house without heat in cold weather. The Halloween weekend’s crippling snowstorm left hundreds of thousands of homes without light and heat for days, just as the chill of November set in. Now, imagine what it would be like to endure weeks with no […]

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House slashes $1.2 billion from home heat aid (Boston Globe)

December 16, 2011

By Andrew Miga WASHINGTON—Congress is poised to reduce federal home heating aid by about 25 percent this winter, a move that could impact thousands of poor and elderly families in New England. The $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package lawmakers approved Friday included $3.5 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a cut of […]

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Mainers prepare for less heating aid (Kennebec Journal)

December 11, 2011

By David Robinson PHILLIPS — Jay and Joan Adams received just enough home heating assistance to make it through recent winters, piecing together a budget on federal aid and emergency fuel deliveries from charity groups. When the Phillips couple, both 74, learned their federal heating assistance was cut nearly in half this year, their patchwork […]

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Franken: Lack of heat aid could put 40,000 Minnesota households at risk (Pioneer Press)

December 9, 2011

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo Congress needs to restore funding for the nation’s low-income heating assistance program to last year’s levels, or 40,000 Minnesota households will not get aid this winter, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said in a press conference in Minneapolis this morning. The state last year received $152.6 […]

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Heating aid thus far gets cold shoulder (St Albans Messenger)

December 8, 2011

By Michelle Monroe ST. ALBANS — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. joined two of his Senate colleagues from New England on Wednesday to call for funding seasonal and crisis fuel assistance at the same level as last winter. What happens in Congress, which is yet to act, is expected to have profound consequences in northern […]

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Snowe says deep cuts to LIHEAP ‘absolutely a travesty’ (Bangor Daily News)

By Andrew Miga WASHINGTON — Three New England senators are pushing a bill to prevent deep spending cuts in the federal home heating assistance program that they say could imperil thousands of poor and elderly people this winter. Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Jack Reed of Rhode Island said Wednesday […]

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