Rep. Gene Green Calls for Summer Energy Assistance from the Administration
August 5, 2010
Houston, TX – As the record summer heat continues, Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) led a letter with Rep. Ed Pastor (AZ-04) to President Obama urging the release of additional funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The letter was cosigned by 26 Democratic Representatives representing districts across the country.
“With energy bills remaining high and economic conditions challenging for many Americans, LIHEAP has never been more vital in protecting millions of low-income families, senior citizens and disabled individuals from extreme weather conditions,” the Members of Congress wrote.
“More people die every year from the effects of hot weather than cold weather,” Rep. Green said. “LIHEAP is an essential lifeline for struggling families across our area and nation.”
Through the release of emergency LIHEAP funding, low-income families and those living on a fixed income will not have to make a choice between paying high energy bills and feeding their families. At a press conference on July 28 with the National Fuel Fund Network, American Gas Association, and the Edison Electric Institute, Rep. Green spoke on the importance of the program and the need for continued funding.
“There is $100 million remaining in contingency funds that have already been appropriated,” Rep. Green continued. “The President has already shown support for LIHEAP by releasing $450 million in contingency funds in January and we need that support to be continued with the release of additional funds as people across the country suffer through a record heat wave.”