Baldwin Says Help With Heating Bills Is On the Way

Congressional Funding for Energy Assistance Is Released by Bush Administration

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin today applauded the release by the Bush Administration of $450 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help seniors and working families in the U.S. keep heat on in their homes this winter. LIHEAP and its related services help more than 100,000 Wisconsin households annually.


“I’m glad the President heeded Congress’s call to release these funds. This type of bipartisan cooperation bodes well for American families as we work quickly to address the serious challenges of high energy prices and the slowing economy this year,” Baldwin said.


Of the funds just released, $17.9 million will be available for Wisconsin residents needing help to pay this year’s record home heating costs. This winter, Americans using heating oil will pay more than $2,000 per family – more than three times the 2001 costs.


For information on the federally funded LIHEAP and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program call the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) at 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).