Also Applauds Release to Massachusetts of $18 Million in 2014 Funding

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) today led a bipartisan effort of nearly 125 members of the U.S. House in calling on President Obama to “prioritize the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)” in the President’s 2015 budget proposal “by including no less than $4.7 billion for this program that provides critical support to our most vulnerable citizens.”

LIHEAP is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, and federal funding has declined in recent years.  As a result, nearly 1.5 million vulnerable households have lost access to LIHEAP assistance.

Rep. McGovern also welcomed the release to Massachusetts of $18 million in remaining 2014 LIHEAP assistance, announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“This has been a very difficult winter, and many families have already used up their energy allowance,” Rep. McGovern said. “LIHEAP helps some of our most vulnerable neighbors to stay warm and safe during the cold winter months.”