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CHEA Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget

Eliminating LIHEAP Hurts Low-Income, Vulnerable Americans

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates on behalf of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), released the following statement from Campaign Director Michael Bracy in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of LIHEAP:

 

“The Administration’s proposal to eliminate LIHEAP is nothing short of appalling. LIHEAP provides vital energy assistance to vulnerable households in the United States – many of which include elderly, infants, individuals with disabilities, and/or U.S. veterans.

 

The program plays an essential role for millions of American households who suffer short-term financial difficulties due to illness, job loss or other unanticipated expenses. The Administration’s short-sighted description of this program as “lower impact” disregards the millions of families who receive LIHEAP assistance to persevere through difficult times and the millions more who are not able access LIHEAP resources due to a lack of funding.

 

Today’s proposal represents a dangerous lack of understanding about the critical nature of this program. As a field, we are always looking for ways to strengthen and improve energy assistance.  In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to work with LIHEAP supporters in both parties in Congress to protect this program and begin the process of restoring critical funding that has been cut over the past seven years.”

 

A PDF of this statement is available here.

 

For more information about the necessity of this vital program, read the 2017 White Paper: Investing in LIHEAP.

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