With the winter season fast approaching, Congressman Bruce Poliquin is urging the federal government to allocate the highest amount of funds possible under its authority to LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which many Maine families rely on each year to help heat their homes.
“LIHEAP is an absolutely essential program for so many Maine families during the winter months,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Our Maine families rely on this critical assistance each year and I want to make certain these families get the support they need.”
Congressman Poliquin joined a broad, bipartisan group of 95 lawmakers in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has jurisdiction over LIHEAP, to release funding at the highest level under the current continuing resolution funding bill so local agencies in Maine can prepare for the coming winter.
In the letter, the lawmakers write:
“LIHEAP is a critical safety net for low-income families, our elderly, our veterans, and those living with disabilities. Throughout the country, people rely on LIHEAP assistance to help them pay their utility bills through hot summers and cold winters, especially when faced with financial difficulties. For many states, October signals the start of the cold-weather season, so the need for heating assistance is imminent.”
Congressman Poliquin is a longtime supporter of LIHEAP. Earlier this year, the Congressman expressed his opposition to proposed cuts to LIHEAP in the White House’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget proposal.