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  • ENERGY ASSISTANCE
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  • SMART GRID
Winning Issue » ENERGY ASSISTANCE


There were about 30 million Americans, young and old, living in our lowest income bracket ten years ago. There are now more than 40 million. This group includes nearly 20% of all American children. These Americans are extremely vulnerable to steep energy price increases since most live on fixed incomes. Seniors, single parents, low wage earners, students and the unemployed are examples of groups that sometimes must choose between heating their homes and eating. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income residents pay for a portion of their home heating and cooling bills by providing federal aid to state governments. The amount of assistance each state receives is based on its weather and number of low-income residents. Each state operates their own LIHEAP program to distribute this aid, often relying on community action agencies, non-profits or localities to administer this program. Each year, an estimated 7 million households rely on LIHEAP to keep warm. Since 2010, when LIHEAP had only enough resources to support one in four eligible households, its budget has been cut from $4.7 billion to about $3 billion today, a 30% reduction.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2194 - Energy Assistance for American Families Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current energy assistance policy and wish to defeat H.R.2194 - Energy Assistance for American Families Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to amend the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to authorize appropriations for 2016-2020 at a funding amount which is not less than $5,100,000,000 annually, and permitting a state to use any allotment from such appropriations to assist households whose income does not exceed 75% of the state median income, and wish to pass H.R.2194 - Energy Assistance for American Families Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Peter Welch (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support sponsoring a bill to amend the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to authorize appropriations for 2016-2020 at a funding amount which is not less than $5,100,000,000 annually, and permitting a state to use any allotment from such appropriations to assist households whose income does not exceed 75% of the state median income, and wish to pass H.R.2194 - Energy Assistance for American Families Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Peter Welch (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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