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 AGA Applauds Senate Action on LIHEAP   


Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) applauds the Senate for their overwhelming support in favor of increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  In the Senate budget resolution for FY09 passed yesterday, there was a call for increased LIHEAP funding from this year's $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion next year. 

"We applaud Sens. Arlen Specter (PA), Tom Harkin (IA), Jack Reed (RI) and Susan Collins (ME) for their leadership to raise the funding ceiling for LIHEAP to its fully authorized level of $5.1 billion.  We thank them for responding to the needs of low-income families who are struggling to pay their heating and cooling bills.  Providing this higher level of funding is a step in the right direction,” said AGA President and CEO David Parker.


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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.

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