09.27.22

Leahy Secures $1 Billion For LIHEAP In The Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022) – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that $1 billion in new funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was included in the Continuing Resolution.

Leahy said: “No family should have to choose between ‘heat or eat’ in Vermont or in any community across the country.  The third hottest summer on record had already put a strain on LIHEAP funding, so I am glad that we were able to secure these new resources before the cold of winter sets in.”

Leahy was the leading advocate for securing new funding for the popular program in the continuing resolution, which is estimated to deliver $5.7 million in support for Vermonters.  More than 6 million low-income households rely on LIHEAP to defray their home energy costs, nation-wide. 

LIHEAP has proven to be one of the most effective safety net programs, successfully leveraging investments from all stakeholders in keeping families safe and healthy.  The funding arrives ahead of a winter heating season where inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are expected to further strain families’ pocket books to heat their homes. 

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