While the funding still needs to go to the full House Appropriations Committee for approval, we are encouraged to see this strong signal about the importance of this program. We look forward to working with the House to make sure this funding is maintained in the final bill.
Washington, DC — The American Gas Association (AGA) today commended Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education for maintaining $5.1 billion in FY11 funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) during its Appropriations markup on Thursday, July 15, 2010.
“We are pleased that the Subcommittee has maintained this funding level for LIHEAP,” said David Parker, AGA president and CEO. “While the funding still needs to go to the full House Appropriations Committee for approval, we are encouraged to see this strong signal about the importance of this program. We look forward to working with the House to make sure this funding is maintained in the final bill.”
LIHEAP is a block grant program under which the federal government gives states annual funds to operate home energy assistance programs for low‐income households that struggle to heat their homes in the winter and cool them during the dog-days of summer.
In response to LIHEAP funding in the bill, Chairman Obey stated the following during the markup: “Home heating costs remain high, unpredictable, and unaffordable for many households, the bill maintains the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at the current level of $5.1 billion.”
The funding bill will next go to the House of Representatives full Appropriations Committee for approval. The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has yet to schedule its markup of the legislation.
For additional details regarding the House Subcommittee markup, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/images/stories/pdf/lhhse/FY2011_LHHS_Summary_Tabel-07.15.2010.pdf
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The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents 195 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 70 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 91 percent — more than 64 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.