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 7/27/2010 

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Jennifer O’Shea, 202-824-7023
Jake Rubin, 202-824-7027

 LIHEAP Action Day Press Conference   

 
   

[We] urge you to release the remaining contingency resources as soon as possible to address the needs of families and seniors who are experiencing a record heat wave this summer...

Washington, DC —  As record high temperatures continue to plague the country, the American Gas Association (AGA) in conjunction with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN), will host a press conference with members of Congress on Wednesday, July 28. Participants will call for full funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the immediate release of the remaining 2010 LIHEAP contingency resources to help vulnerable Americans who cannot afford to cool their homes during these blazing summer months.

Members of Congress recently circulated a letter urging the administration to release the contingency funds to help pay for cooling bills across the country:

“[We] urge you to release the remaining contingency resources as soon as possible to address the needs of families and seniors who are experiencing a record heat wave this summer. With energy bills remaining high and economic conditions challenging for many Americans, LIHEAP has never been more vital in protecting millions of low-income families, senior citizens and disabled individuals from extreme weather conditions.”

This press conference will be held in conjunction with Summer LIHEAP Action Day, which is designed to call attention to the millions of Americans throughout the country who rely on LIHEAP to meet their basic heating and cooling needs.


WHAT:          LIHEAP Press Conference

WHEN:         Wednesday, July 28
                      11:30am-12:15pm

WHERE:      House Triangle, Capitol Hill               

WHO:           Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
                      Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez (D-TX)
Jema Quintana, Community Action Program for Central Arkansas and past LIHEAP recipient
Lynne Cook, Vice President Housing and Energy Management, Marketing and Development at Sheltering Arms Senior Services
Lorie Zylicz, Housing and Redevelopment Department, St. Bernard Parish AGA, EEI, NFFN

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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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