Many individuals live with the perpetual “down to the wire” pressure that comes with the struggle between keeping their lights and utilities on and also paying for other household bills. That sense of anxiety was amplified in a late-August feature from the Daily Energy Insider: “Campaign to Save LIHEAP Comes Down to the Wire.”
Today, the Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittee approved LIHEAP FY2019 funding at $3.7B, calling for an increase of $50M over FY2018 levels. This follows the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee call for FY2019 funding at levels consistent with FY2018 at $3.64B.
The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance thanks Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray for seeing the vital necessity of funding the Low Income Home Energy Assistance 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.