Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, Colleagues Urge Extension of LIHEAP Funding
Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined 32 senators in writing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) requesting an extension of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through September 30, 2011.
"We write to request that you extend funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through September 30th, 2011, in any short-term Continuing Resolution (CR)," the senators wrote in the letter. "As you know, the LIHEAP program provides critical heating and cooling assistance for low income households...given the unique structure of the program, unless we finalize funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 now, the millions of Americans who need help paying their energy bills this winter could see no additional assistance."
You can read the full text of the letter here: http://franken.senate.gov/files/letter/101217_LIHEAP_Letter.pdf
In addition to authors Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the letter was signed by Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N. Mex.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N. J.), Tim Johnson (D-S. Dak.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).