President Trump’s 2019 budget seeks to cut all funding from a program that provides heating assistance subsidies to low-income families in cold-weather states. The administration’s argument: “the program is marred by fraud and unnecessary,” according to AP reports.
The program, which is known as LIHEAP(Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) helps families pay their heating bills primarily in the form of grants that are sent directly to the utility companies or heating fuel vendors.
This isn’t the administrations first time taking a swipe at this program. The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it’s rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away.
Activists and politicians have came out against this move claiming that this puts the elderly, disabled and others in a fixed income at risk.
The LIHEAP program is popular in both cold weather and warm weather states, like Florida and Arizona, where it also distributes money to keep people keep cool in the summer. All told, the program helps 6 million households.
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A group of 45 senators have asked the president Donald Trump that he maintains the energy assistance programs. Bernie Sanders told the White House budget director that that the Trump administration is creating “a situation where people will go cold, some may freeze to death.”
Last year Donald Trumps administration faced a battle on Capital Hill on this proposal. It will surely be met with the same resistance this year.
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