Washington, DC – On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Congress passed a continuing resolution HR 5325 to keep the United States government operating on 2016 budgetary levels through December 9, 2016. The continuing resolution is a temporary measure to ensure that government agencies and operations can continue to work while Congress debates funding levels for fiscal year (FY) 2017.
In recent years, seasonal programs like Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) have been pre-authorized to receive a certain percentage of their annual funding prior to a final Congressional agreement due to large need in the beginning portion of the fiscal year.
The House Appropriations Committee version of the FY 2017 Labor/HHS/ED appropriations bill provided $3.49 billion for LIHEAP. The bill contains a two tier structure for the funding formula adding the additional $100 million to the “new” formula increasing that amount to $591 million. The comparable Senate bill does not include the additional $100 million but rather maintains funding at the current FY 2016 level of $3.39 billion.
“The Campaign will continue to advocate for LIHEAP users and our members for a minimum of $4.7 billion in funding for the program. We also strongly urge the forward funding of LIHEAP dollars to ensure access to these critical funds for families across the nation this winter” stated Campaign Strategist Clara Pratte.
The Campaign will remain engaged with policymakers on Capitol Hill and LIHEAP advocates across the country to ensure the highest possible funding levels for LIHEAP. For the latest news and information on LIHEAP, visit www.liheap.org.