Skip to comments.Fiscal Cliff Threatens Federal Aid for Home Heat
Posted on 12/12/2012 3:33:06 PM PST by mdittmar
Poor and elderly Americans who rely on aid from the federal government to heat their homes stand to get less help this year if Congress and the White House fail to figure out a way to avoid the combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff.
If that happens, there'll be an automatic 10 percent reduction in funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But the plight of those in the estimated 6.9 million households who rely on the money to keep warm hardly appears to be a priority for lawmakers in Washington, said Faye MacDonald, 70, a Bangor retiree who relies on the federal program to heat her small home.
"I feel like a little drop of water in a big pond that they don't care about," she said.
Congress is in no mood to approve emergency spending for heating aid as in past years, said Mark Wolfe of the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association. Already, states have received less money than initially projected because of the pending fiscal cliff.
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Hey, I thought Hugo Chavez was going to help on this one.
We’ll all be killed!!!
Obama’s fault. It’s HIS “cliff”. He and his commie ‘RATS designed it.
Those poor and elderly are just gonna have to suck it up and become kindling for all of the fireplaces in The White House this winter. *SMIRK*
The more I read about this ‘fiscal cliff’ stuff, the more I think it’s all going to amount to a puddle of warm spit and Government will just go on spending and spending and spending...with little or no consequence.
Guess the po’ folks will just have to burn their lottery tickets and cigarette wrappers to keep warm.
A 10% reduction in funds from last year or a 10% reduction in what they were planning to spend this year?
*vWe’re all gonna freeze to death. *
No fear. Global warming.
In WNY they will not turn the heat off during the winter.. the bill comes due and payable in April..I had clients with $1200 bills due.. Guess what they turned them into welfare ... let people pay their heat bills.
Are they getting about the same as last year? That draconian “cut”??
The point of sharing this post is that the media are going to murder the Repubs for doing these horrible, mean things.
Jimmy Carter told me to put on a sweater in the 1970’s.
Good. Why do I have to pay for others heating bills? Move south you morons.
And why are all the supposed “enlightened” ones in the NE still using the antiquated home heating oil furnaces? I’m surprised we don’t subsidize their outhouses.
You know that’s rhetorical!
Golly, unemployment benefits, home heating subsidies, seems there’s lots of liberal goodies expiring at the end of the year.
And I’m sure that even with that 10% cut, the program will still be funded more this year than last year.
Paul Ryan has already thrown the elderly over the cliff. Do you liberal media types think he’ll care if they’re cold? Hahaha. Bring on the next scare tactic!
That is some cut, more than last year. lol
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