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Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius - Release Additional Emergency LIHEAP Funds to Help Families During Ongoing Propane Shortage

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today pressed the Administration to release additional emergency LIHEAP funds to help families during the ongoing propane shortage. In recent months, extreme cold weather, transportation bottlenecks, and other factors have caused a spike in propane costs, hurting families who rely on this fuel to heat their homes. In a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Senators called on the Administration to expedite the release of emergency LIHEAP funds to deliver much-needed relief to impacted families.

"The extreme cold weather combined with transportation bottlenecks stifling propane distribution as well as other factors have caused prices for this fuel to spike and remain at extreme levels," the Senators wrote. "This is harming families who are struggling with prices that have more than doubled over the last month…We appreciate your expedited action on this request for emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program grants for impacted states."

Last week, Senators Klobuchar and Franken, U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, and Rick Nolan, and Governor Mark Dayton called on the Obama Administration to take immediate steps to alleviate the propane shortage and provide relief to families and agriculture producers in Minnesota.

The full text of the letter is below:

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

We write about the worsening propane shortage and the impact this disaster is having on families in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and ask that you immediately release emergency Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds to our states.

The extreme cold weather combined with transportation bottlenecks stifling propane distribution as well as other factors have caused prices for this fuel to spike and remain at extreme levels. This is harming families who are struggling with prices that have more than doubled over the last month. Despite the recent increase in shipments of propane by truck to Minnesota and Wisconsin, the National Propane Gas Association expects the supply shortage to continue in the near term, which will only increase the hardship this shortage is causing for families in our states.

We appreciate your expedited action on this request for emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program grants for impacted states.

Sincerely,


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