Early this morning, Congress finalized a two-year budget agreement covering FY 2018 and FY 2019. This agreement establishes spending allocations for upcoming Appropriations bills, including the Labor-HHS bill that funds the LIHEAP program.
LIHEAP Supporters Rally to Share Impact of Program Across the Nation
Writing and Reporting by Jake Brown
Many political pundits – including an alarmed club of conservative commentators – are arguing that the biggest falsehood of the White House’s newly released budget comes with the claim that “LIHEAP is a lower-impact program and is unable to demonstrate strong performance outcomes.” A statistically proven falsehood with real voices of those affected by the threat of cuts standing ready to dispute the notion that LIHEAP wasn’t performing above and beyond expectations given its demand exceeding available funding b standing ready to dispute the notion that LIHEAP wasn’t performing above and beyond expectations, with legendary Republican Senate Institution John McCain – whose summer heat victims in Arizona have long benefited from LIHEAP’s shade – made the flat-out declaration this week that “it is clear that this budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate.”
As President Donald Trump’s budget was released last week, its bad news for LIHEAP funding was proudly and loudly countered with the good news that Republicans and Democrats alike were saying “NO!” to a program they’ve seen help – and in some cases save the lives of – their most vulnerable constituents. Each national news outlet in their coverage seemed to appreciate the unique importance LIHEAP plays in the communities they report on day in and out, as was reflected in the extra word-count devoted to underscoring just how significant the threat was to the real lives of real people, beginning with the general warning sirens that began blasting across the media airwaves.