Bradley Urges House Leadership to Bring LIHEAP Measure to the House Floor for a Vote

From The Office of Congressman Jeb Bradley

For Immediate Release - Thursday, March 9, 2006

Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456

BRADLEY URGES HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BRING LIHEAP MEASURE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR A VOTE

Senate-passed bill would increase LIHEAP funding by $1 billion for this year

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, First District Congressman Jeb Bradley authored a letter to House Leadership urging them to bring S. 2320 to the House floor for a vote as early as next week. The bill would increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $1 billion for this fiscal year. Bradley is currently working to garner support from other Members of Congress to bring this bill to the floor as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, the Senate passed S. 2320, which would make the $1billion included in the Deficit Reduction Act - which is allocated for Fiscal Year 2007 - available for this fiscal year instead. The bill allocates half of the $1 billion as regular LIHEAP funding and the other half as emergency funding, which is dispersed at the President's discretion. If this bill advances, New Hampshire would receive a total of $18.2 million in regular LIHEAP funding for this year.

"Winter is not yet over, and many New Hampshire families continue to need assistance in paying their home energy bills," said Bradley. "If this bill passes, I fully intend to press the Administration to release the emergency funding in an equitable method so that New Hampshire receives its fair share."

Bradley has been a staunch supporter of increasing funding for LIHEAP and has advocated for the fair distribution of LIHEAP funding among cold- and warm-weather states. Last June, Bradley was successful in having $22 million included in the House version of the fiscal year 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. He has also signed a number of letters urging the House and Senate Leadership, as well as President Bush, to increase funding for the program.