Following Push from Pingree, House Approves Millions in Additional Low-Income Heating Assistance for Maine
Emergency supplemental funding package includes $12.3 billion in economic and military support for Ukraine and $1 billion in emergency supplemental funding for LIHEAP nationwide
Washington, September 30, 2022
House Appropriations Interior Chair Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her House colleagues in sending an emergency supplemental funding package to President Biden’s desk which includes $1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) nationwide as well as support for war-torn Ukraine and urgently needed FEMA relief for Hurricane Fiona-battered Puerto Rico. The Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2023 continues vital federal funding through December 16, 2022 in order to negotiate a final funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2023. The House passed six of twelve Appropriations bills in July.
“I’m grateful that Congressional leadership acted on my call for additional funds for home heating assistance. LIHEAP funding is essential for New Englanders as the winter season approaches and families continue to struggle with high energy prices,” said Pingree. “It’s imperative that we press on in our bipartisan efforts to pass a full appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2023. I look forward to working with my House and Senate appropriations colleagues to complete our work for the people of Maine.”
The Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023:
On September 15, Pingree and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) led a coalition of representatives from the New England Congressional Delegations in writing to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to include additional funding for LIHEAP in the government funding package.
Pingree, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, and the House voted in July to pass a package of six government funding bills which will help families and communities across America, including the Interior and Environment bill she authored.