President Donald Trump has recently proposed eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, known by its acronym, LIHEAP, claiming it’s “no longer necessary” and “rife with fraud. “ Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price agrees to the proposed cut in the program saying LIHEAP doesn’t demonstrate “strong performance outcomes.”
LIHEAP has distributed $3.4 billion to about 6 million households this fiscal year. Nationwide, the average home heating cost last winter was $1,448 for propane, $1,227 for heating oil, $902 for electricity and $577 for natural gas, high prices for community members already struggling to meet basic needs. In cold weather states like Utah, LIHEAP is a lifeline for thousands of vulnerable community members.
Senators from dozens of states have recently weighed on LIHEAP by signing a letter urging the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee to ensure its ongoing funding. We want to make sure our Senators in Utah know we’d like them to protect this crucial program before the snow hits!
CALL TO ACTION
- Call or write Senators Hatch and Lee and ask them to ensure continued funding for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program to protect vulnerable community members right here in Utah.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City) or email
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) or email (scroll down to leave a comment)