In a press release, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro , D-3, announced
that "Connecticut is receiving about $4 million less than last year for
the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program," also known as LIHEAP.
"This loss in funding is
yet another effect of the indiscriminate, deeply harmful budget cuts known as
sequestration. The final fiscal year 2013 allocation is just over $76 million,
compared to the nearly $80 million Connecticut received for fiscal year 2012," the release said.
“Time and again Democrats have warned that the sequester budget
cuts are going to hurt Connecticut families. Heating costs may be the last
thing on people’s minds right now, but winter will come quickly and these cuts
will put people at risk of going cold. These cuts are draconian and harm the
health and well-being of thousands across the state. Continuing to put people
at risk is unacceptable; we have a moral obligation to care for our most
vulnerable citizens. That means fully funding LIHEAP.”
Also noted in the release: DeLauro is "senior Democrat on the subcommittee
responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services, which
administers LIHEAP. Before the sequester cuts even took effect, LIHEAP had been
reduced by $1.6 billion—almost one third—between 2010 and 2012. Nationally,
LIHEAP’s budget will decrease from $3.47 billion to $3.252 billion."
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