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Kohl Calls on Senate Leadership to Help Provide Energy Assistance

Location: Washington, DC


Today, Sen. Kohl continued his fight to provide relief for low income households struggling with high energy prices. Sen. Kohl and 21 of his colleagues called upon Senate Majority Leader Frist to bring legislation before the Senate that would provide an additional $2.92 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). A majority of the Senate voted six times in favor of increasing LIHEAP during 2005, but procedural challenges kept the increase from becoming law.

"American families shouldn't have to choose between heat and food or medicine," said Kohl. "Without additional LIHEAP funding, too many Wisconsin families will not be able to afford to stay warm this winter."

Sen. Kohl has consistently been a strong advocate of the LIHEAP program. Kohl supported an amendment in the fall to increase LIHEAP funding by $3.1 billion through emergency funding. In March of 2005, Kohl secured $1,795,633 in LIHEAP funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help low income individuals and families in Wisconsin meet energy costs.

The Energy Information Agency forecasts that households heating with natural gas will experience an average increase in their heating bills of 35 percent over last winter. Households heating with oil will see an increase of 23 percent, and households using propane, 17 percent.

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