Welch, others band together on pitch to preserve energy aid

A bipartisan coalition in Congress, including Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is hoping to persuade budget writers not to cut funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP. The group of 164 lawmakers includes Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., who is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The […]

Leahy promises a fight over cuts to heating aid, other programs

The leader of the state’s largest community action agency described the Trump budget as being “like one amputation after another.”

Beneficiaries of winter heating aid program to get bigger payout

The amount the average household receives is expected to go up and to cover more than half its total heating fuel costs. Last year the benefit covered 43 percent of costs, on average.

Winter heating assistance stays steady

Usage of the program in Vermont is on a downward trend. The state estimates that 24,700 households will receive heating assistance under LIHEAP this year, down from 26,625 last year.

Congressional delegation secures $17M in LIHEAP funds

Vermont’s congressional delegation announced on Friday that the state will receive $17 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program this year. The funding provides fuel subsidies for more than 25,000 Vermonters. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., issued a joint press release about the […]

Welch, bipartisan group urge HHS to release home heating assistance funding

News Release — Rep. Peter Welch October 21, 2015 Contacts: Kirsten Hartman (Welch): 202-225-4115 Shadawn Reddick-Smith (Adams): 202-225-1510 Tim Murtaugh (Barletta): 202-225-6511 Abraham White (McGovern): 202-225-6101 WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), Alma S. Adams (D-NC), Lou Barletta (R-PA), James P. McGovern (D-MA) along with 71 other Members of Congress sent a letter to the […]

Welch presses for more federal LIHEAP funds

The congressman’s proposal would increase federal heating assistance funding for Vermont from $19 million to $38 million a year.

Home heating assistance, Legal Aid targeted among AHS cuts

Medicaid reimbursement and drug treatment would fare best as state’s largest agency deals with overall budget deficit.

Fuel prices hit low wage earners hardest, report says

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.

Legislative action saved poor Vermonters $60 a month in food stamp benefits, officials say

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.

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 […]