Fitzpatrick Leads Letter Urging for LIHEAP Support

Jan 7, 2014
Fitzpatrick Leads Letter Urging for LIHEAP Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) Tuesday, along with other Congressional leaders, began circulating a letter calling on President Obama to fully support and prioritize funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

In light of record breaking and life threatening cold weather across the nation this winter, we are writing to request that you prioritize LIHEAP in your Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget proposal by including no less than $4.7 billion for this program that provides critical support to our most vulnerable citizens,” read the letter in part. “…more than 90 percent of LIHEAP recipients have at least one household member who is a child, elderly, or disabled, and 20 percent of households contain at least one veteran. For these households, LIHEAP funding has been a lifeline during challenging economic times. Access to affordable home energy is not a luxury – it is a matter of health and safety.”

While funding for LIHEAP has declined more than 30 percent in recent years, Fitzpatrick has constantly advocated for full funding of the program. For 2014 (FY2014), Fitzpatrick urged for $5.1 billion for the program, well above the $4.7 billion allotted. (Letter below)

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.