Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today stood with twenty members of the New England delegation and urged Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to $9 billion in a second economic recovery package.
President Bush needs to start standing up for the American people," said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. "Thousands of families across New England will be unable to heat their homes this winter because of cuts the Bush Administration has made to LIHEAP. I urge Speaker Pelosi to provide this emergency funding so families do not have to choose between putting food on the table and staying warm.”
Properly funding LIHEAP is critical to protecting New Hampshire seniors and children. Last year’s record high energy costs resulted in many New Hampshire families carrying larger balances with their home heating venders. Without assistance from LIHEAP, many families may not be able to pay off their balances in time, and will be unable to receive their first delivery of oil when the winter months draw near. Additionally, heating oil prices are expected to rise by almost 50% this year.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been a strong advocate for LIHEAP funding. Earlier this year, she testified before the House Budget Committee and called for a “robust funding level.” Last year, Congresswoman Shea-Porter urged President Bush to properly fund the program by releasing the remaining contingency funds and helped pass an omnibus bill that included $2.6 billion in funding.