Today, Congressman Mike Michaud joined a bipartisan group of his House colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to prioritize the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal.
"LIHEAP continues to be a top priority for Maine, and I'm hopeful President Obama abandons the low budget levels that he's previously requested for the program," said Michaud, who's been an advocate for LIHEAP since first being elected to Congress. "When the president sets the tone with a low budget number it gives Congress cover to follow suit. This bipartisan letter should send a strong signal that LIHEAP enjoys broad support and deserves more robust funding."
Michaud introduced a bipartisan bill earlier this year to protect Maine and other states from additional cuts to LIHEAP. "The LIHEAP Stability Act" would update the formula used to distribute LIHEAP funds to ensure Maine and other qualifying states receive at least what they did when the program was fully funded at $5.1 billion in Fiscal Year 2010.