Murphy Turns Up The Heat On Boehner, Pelosi Over Federal Heating Aid Cuts
|Congressman Chris Murphy|
"A 2010 study found that Connecticut’s poorest households spent 70 percent of their annual income on their home energy bills," Murphy's letter said in part. "For the tens of thousands of Connecticut households that will apply for low-income energy assistance this winter, there’s no margin for error when it comes to staying warm."
Murphy told Boehner and Pelosi that during October, he circulated a brief survey about possible LIHEAP cuts at community action agencies across Connecticut where low-income energy assistance applications are accepted. More than 1,200 agencies responded to the survey and Murphy said 98 percent of the respondents reported they did not support cuts to LIHEAP funding during the current heating season.
Murphy said he has proposed a piece of legislation - called the Guaranteed Energy Assistance Act - to restore potential funding shortfalls for the program through a supplemental fee on oil drilling in federally-owned waters.