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May 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a strong and vocal LIHEAP advocate who in February joined a bipartisan group of Senators lobbying to keep the FY2012 budget funding for LIHEAP at current levels, was able to deliver his constituents the more immediate good news…

LIHEAP in the News: May 2011






By Jake Brown Dozens of states around the country welcomed the news in early April that the US Dept. of Health and Human Services was releasing $311 million in contingency LIHEAP funds, with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pointing to the fact that with “many families…burdened with…

Idaho: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Nestled in the center of the Western mountain region, Idaho, surrounded by bigger sibling states like Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Utah, has a population of just over 1.5 million. While traditionally known for its tranquil scenery, the state’s residents share many of…

April 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Massachussett’s Congressional Delegation waged a FULL COURT press against the Obama Administration’s proposed gutting of Federal LIHEAP this month, with CNN reporting that “hours before President Obama was to fly to Boston to push his administration’s education initiative, two congressmen from the…

LIHEAP in the News: March 2011






  Northeast LIHEAP’s threatened gutting in budget cuts topped LIHEAP’s press for the month of March, drawing objections from every corner of society, notably including The Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts, who sent a pointed letter to Congressional Leaders to “express our concern about the…

Ohio: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Ohio has always been one of the Northern Midwest’s coldest states weather-wise, coupled with being one of the region’s hardest-hit in the Great Recession of the past few years.  With the Plain Dealer’s report last month that “President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget…

LIHEAP in the News: February 2011






By Jake Brown While millions of families weathered blinding snow storms throughout the Northeast and Midwest, their Congressional Representatives back in Washington were fighting through the blizzard of panic that hit the Hill with the National Journal’s breaking of the shocking news that President Obama’s…

February 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown February Congressional Profiles In Massachusetts, the old and new guard of the US Senate were united in their fervent support for rescuing LIHEAP from the chopping block, with Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry  “I’ve always supported serious efforts to restore fiscal sanity,…

LIHEAP in the News: January 2011






Though LIHEAP advocates and beneficiaries around the country kicked off February with the relieving news that the 2011 LIHEAP appropriation had been restored through March to its 2011 level of $5.1 billion, the announcement was blunted by Congressional plans for deep across-the-board budget cuts to…

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