NEMW Coalitions Lead Call for President Obama to Request Funding for LIHEAP at Least at FY11 Level
Forty Senators and 101 Representatives came together to reiterate their support to return the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) closer to its recent, higher levels. NEMW Co-Chair Sen. Olympia Snowe and NEMW Member Sen. Jack Reed, and in the House, NEMW Co-Chair Rep. Jim McGovern and NEMW Members Reps. Ed Markey and Peter Welch, along with Reps. Pete King, Jim Gerlach, and Lou Barletta led these bipartisan letters to President Obama, urging that in his FY14 request, LIHEAP be requested at least at the FY11 level of $4.7 billion. LIHEAP is an important program for the wintry and populous region; in FY12, NEMW states received nearly 60% of LIHEAP funding. However, in recent years the program has seen a decline of 32% since 2010 to $3.47 billion in FY12, while the demand for the program continues to exceed those receiving assistance.