Lawmakers successfully push for additional funding for LIHEAP

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Lawmakers including Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, have successfully pushed for additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Thursday, the Senate passed a short-term government spending bill to fund the federal government through December 16th.

The bill includes emergency funding for critical needs including another $1 billion for LIHEAP.

Maine will receive an estimated $8,000,000 in additional LIHEAP funding, about a 20% increase above the state’s allotment in a typical year.

The bill needs to be voted on by the House before it’s sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.