Long Overdue Funding Will Help Western New Yorkers Get Through End of Tough Winter
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for S. 2320, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Funding bill. The bill will provide a $1 billion appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in 2006, to provide some relief to Western New Yorkers from high home heating costs this winter.
“Passage of the HEAP bill is a victory for Western New Yorkers who are struggling this winter to make ends meet due to skyrocketing home heating costs,” said Higgins. “Democrats in Congress have been fighting all year to get relief to consumers, and will continue to fight for full funding for HEAP. The majority in Congress has been shortchanging energy assistance needed to help hardworking families pay their heating bills – leaving families out in the cold.”
Passage of the bill today will sends it to the President so that families across the nation will get help with their heating bills this winter. Home heating costs are still high, with families having to pay 62 percent more than five years ago.
In December 2005, Higgins introduced the Energy Consumer Relief Act of 2005, which would roll back $8 billion in tax subsidies to oil and gas companies, subsidies oil executives testified they do not need, to help Americans pay their energy bills by sending the funding to HEAP and for tax breaks for small businesses and farms. So far, the majority in Congress has blocked Higgins’ bill from being voted on.