There were about 30 million Americans, young and old, living in our lowest income bracket ten years ago. There are now more than 40 million. This group includes nearly 20% of all American children. These Americans are extremely vulnerable to steep energy price increases since most live on fixed incomes. Seniors, single parents, low wage earners, students and the unemployed are examples of groups that sometimes must choose between heating their homes and eating. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income residents pay for a portion of their home heating and cooling bills by providing federal aid to state governments. The amount of assistance each state receives is based on its weather and number of low-income residents. Each state operates their own LIHEAP program to distribute this aid, often relying on community action agencies, non-profits or localities to administer this program. Each year, an estimated 7 million households rely on LIHEAP to keep warm. Since 2010, when LIHEAP had only enough resources to support one in four eligible households, its budget has been cut from $4.7 billion to about $3 billion today, a 30% reduction.
H.R.835 – Energy Assistance for American Families Act
I oppose reforming current consumer electricity assistance policy and wish to defeat H.R.835
I support amending the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 to authorize appropriations for 2014-2018; permitting a state to use any allotment from such appropriations to assist households whose income does not exceed 75% of the state median income, and wish to pass H.R.835