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Bipartisan group of 137 House lawmakers Join Welch in support of Low Income Heating Assistance

Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the leading House advocates for funding the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), have rallied a bipartisan group of 137 lawmakers in support of this vital safety net program.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch announce $2.5 million in heating assistance for Vt.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who have advocated for additional home heating aid as near-record winter cold grips Vermont, Thursday announced the federal release of an additional $2.5 million in heating assistance to the state.

124 Members of Congress join Welch in sending bipartisan letter to President calling for restoration of LIHEAP funding

As brutally cold temperatures continue to grip the nation, Rep. Peter Welch, joined by a bipartisan group of 124 House colleagues, sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at no less than $4.7 billion in his fiscal year 2015 budget.

Welch leads bipartisan House effort to restore LIHEAP funding

News release — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. Jan. 7, 2014 WASHINGTON — As a brutal cold front grips much of the country, Rep. Peter Welch is calling on President Obama to restore funding for LIHEAP, the federal program that helps vulnerable Americans pay their energy bills. In recent years, funding for the Low Income Home […]

LIHEAP gets a boost from AmeriGas settlement

MONTPELIER – A consumer protection settlement between AmeriGas and the Attorney General’s Office will add $190,000 to the state’s LIHEAP emergency fuel assistance program, the state said Monday in a news release. The Attorney General found that for many Vermonters, AmeriGas delayed in removing propane storage tanks or issuing refund checks after consumers terminated propane […]

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont receives $16.6 million In home heating assistance

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who have pressed for the release of federal home heating aid funds as winter weather has descended on Vermont, welcomed the federal release Monday of $16.6 million in heating assistance to the state.

11 fuel dealers drop out of LIHEAP program

Gov. Peter Shumlin has directed an initial $13.5 million LIHEAP payment to assist families in need of heating assistance and called on Congress and the White House to boost heating aid to northeastern states. VTD/Josh Larkin

Businesses cite changes in pricing policy; most dealers still participating.

Emergency Board allocates $2.1 million more for heating assistance

Richard Moffi, chief of the state’s Fuel Assistance Office, explains the heating benefits LIHEAP participants will receive in the coming winter months. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The latest appropriation, unanimously approved by Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Emergency Board on Wednesday, brings total LIHEAP funding up to $25 million.

State officials prepare for another cut in LIHEAP funding

Gov. Peter Shumlin has directed an initial $13.5 million LIHEAP payment to assist families in need of heating assistance and called on Congress and the White House to boost heating aid to northeastern states. VTD/Josh Larkin

While Congress dithers over how much to cut from a program that helps low-income people heat their homes, Vermont officials work to manage the uncertainty.

Feds cut LIHEAP funding again

Federal funding for the Low Income Heating Assistance Program is expected to drop more than $1 million for next year, again. This is the second $1 million cut in federal funding for the program designed to help low-income families with their heating costs. The federal government will provide $17.3 million to the program next year […]

Marchildon & Milkey: Do the right thing on LIHEAP funding

We understand the challenges our legislators face this budget season, but our most vulnerable citizens simply cannot afford further cuts.

Drafting its own blueprint, House budget panel cuts into Shumlin’s plans

Rep. Martha Heath is chair of the House Appropriations Comittee, which is holding two public hearings this week.

Appropriations chair Martha Heath said the House proposal restrains spending and sets aside $7.7 million in reserves as a hedge against federal sequestration cuts.

Vermont to receive infusion of home heating assistance

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing $17.69 million in home heating assistance funding to Vermont. The congressional delegation has been calling for the release of these funds and the continued support of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

State foresees need to augment heating aid; numbers still uncertain

Gov. Peter Shumlin has directed an initial $13.5 million LIHEAP payment to assist families in need of heating assistance and called on Congress and the White House to boost heating aid to northeastern states. VTD/Josh Larkin

“We’re not going to be able to make up for every cut that the federal government will deal us, but fuel assistance is one that the governor, legislators and everyday people feel is very important,” said Jeb Spaulding.

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