Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DeLauro: Sequester budget cuts 'take bite out of home heating oil assistance'

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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Anonymous Sam said...

Thanks for this information. As we are approaching the 2016 presidential election, I am sure that the results of this election will greatly impact any funding for home heating oil assistance. Coupled with some predictions of a cold winter, this could have some devastating impact on families in the Northeast.

October 27, 2016 at 9:28 AM 

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