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June 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Louisiana State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome leads off June’s LIHEAP spotlight column for her leadership in organizing a state delegation of Senators to sign a resolution- titled  Senate Concurrent Resolution 33- authored by Broom, and co-signed by Sens. John Alario Jr. (R-Westwego),…

LIHEAP in the News: June 2011






By Jake Brown Northeast New Jersey families- still playing catch-up from winter heating bills that piled up under a moratorium the state imposes on utilities preventing their turning off heat during the brutal winter season- received the welcome news as they faced the threat of…

California: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Though traditionally known for surf and sun, California – the most populated state in the country- experiences some of the State’s coldest temperatures in the Western region of the United States, with Jason Wimbley, Division Manager, Energy & Environmental Services Division, CSD,…

Vermont: Where LIHEAP is a year-round affair






By Jake Brown Nestled between larger New England neighbors like New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, for Vermont residents, staying warm is a year-round affair according to the state’s LIHEAP director Richard Moffi, who explained in an April, 2011 conversation that, indeed, “if you drive…

May 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a strong and vocal LIHEAP advocate who in February joined a bipartisan group of Senators lobbying to keep the FY2012 budget funding for LIHEAP at current levels, was able to deliver his constituents the more immediate good news…

LIHEAP in the News: May 2011






By Jake Brown Dozens of states around the country welcomed the news in early April that the US Dept. of Health and Human Services was releasing $311 million in contingency LIHEAP funds, with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pointing to the fact that with “many families…burdened with…

Idaho: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Nestled in the center of the Western mountain region, Idaho, surrounded by bigger sibling states like Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Utah, has a population of just over 1.5 million. While traditionally known for its tranquil scenery, the state’s residents share many of…

April 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown Massachussett’s Congressional Delegation waged a FULL COURT press against the Obama Administration’s proposed gutting of Federal LIHEAP this month, with CNN reporting that “hours before President Obama was to fly to Boston to push his administration’s education initiative, two congressmen from the…

LIHEAP in the News: March 2011






  Northeast LIHEAP’s threatened gutting in budget cuts topped LIHEAP’s press for the month of March, drawing objections from every corner of society, notably including The Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts, who sent a pointed letter to Congressional Leaders to “express our concern about the…

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