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LIHEAP in the News: February 2012






By Jake Brown LIHEAP’s annual NATIONAL ACTION DAY came to life on Capitol Hill in full-force this month with The Nation’s report that among vital poverty safety-nets taking a hit amid budget cuts, a “huge disappointment” came with President Obama’s proposed “$452 million cut to…

February 2012 Congressional Profiles no. 2






A coalition of strong and solidified LIHEAP advocates consisting of: top-lined sponsorship of a bill- announced in conjunction with LIHEAP NATIONAL ACTION DAY- legislation that – according to Congressman Ed Markey’s press office, “will introduce legislation at the event to support the LIHEAP program, and…

LIHEAP in the News: February 2012






By Jake Brown January’s LIHEAP news cycle was framed on a national level in terms of the impact Washington budget squabbling has had in sum on millions of freezing, starving families across the country courtesy of a cover story by the Huffington Post, who profiled…

February 2012 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Longtime LIHEAP powerhouse advocates, Maine senior US Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both earned praise in January for the emergency LIHEAP funding they secured for their state – $9.9 million – as well as for the the national spotlight they shined…

Colorado: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Colorado’s snowy peaks are traditionally celebrated for their touristy beauty, but locally, that snow’s translation in terms of frigid temperatures and in turn freezing residents has – coupled with the cuts in LIHEAP funding- unleashed a perfect winter storm of misery upon…

New York: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown The EMPIRE State is facing a problem of towering proportions this winter season as the gridlock in Washington over the funding of the LIHEAP program has left states like New York – who provided aid to 1,361,371 families in 2010 – struggling…

January 2012 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Rhode Island took the LIHEAP lead in beating the bipartisan drum of support across its congressional delegation as the state’s senior US Senator Jack Reed announced in December that enough was enough in the indecision department with his introduction of the LIHEAP…

LIHEAP in the News: December 2011






By Jake Brown Speaking up on behalf of their millions of member families who are relying on LIHEAP assistance to keep the electricity on and heat up this winter, the AARP went to bat in December, reporting just before Christmas on the rise in volume…

December 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown In Massachussetts, the state’s Congressional delegation were among those leading the charge in support of LIHEAP’s full funding renewal at 2010 levels, beginning with Rep James McGovern, who made the powerful argument that “to cut LIHEAP funds during these difficult economic times…

LIHEAP in the News: November 2011






By Jake Brown Northeast Arguably among the hardest-hit winter states in terms of both frigid temperatures and high heating costs due to the state’s unique dependence on heating oil and their ever-fluctuating prices, with LIHEAP aid already having fallen in 2011 to $23 million from…

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