The congressman’s proposal would increase federal heating assistance funding for Vermont from $19 million to $38 million a year.
Medicaid reimbursement and drug treatment would fare best as state’s largest agency deals with overall budget deficit.
The Shumlin administration proposed $6 million in cuts to fuel assistance programs, but a study finds Vermonters are spending a greater percentage of their income on heating.
Among the cuts in the federal Farm Bill was a change that would have caused low-income Vermonters whose rent includes heat to lose benefits.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Businesses cite changes in pricing policy; most dealers still participating.
The latest appropriation, unanimously approved by Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Emergency Board on Wednesday, brings total LIHEAP funding up to $25 million.
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.
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 […]