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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says an agreement has been reached on an emergency funding measure to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Heating Aid Released But Some Held Back To Fight Coronavirus

Mar 2, 2020

PORTLAND, Maine - The Trump administration has released virtually all of the remainder of heating assistance funds for this winter - except for the $37 million it intends to divert to fight the coronavirus.

Trump Once Again Proposes To Eliminate Energy Assistance Program

Feb 19, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of low-income heating assistance. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.
The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it's rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away.
Those claims were widely discredited a year ago.
The National Energy Assistance Directors' Association called President Donald Trump's arguments "very misleading and wrong.''

AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 30 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies are urging Congress to reject plans by the administration of President Donald Trump to eliminate the federal heating assistance program.
The program distributes $3.4 billion to about 6 million households, and the officials say in the letter that the money is well spent with checks going directly to utilities on behalf of low-income individuals who need help.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he's urging the president to boost funding for a program that helps low-income families and seniors pay their winter heating bills.

The Rhode Island Democrat and Maine's U.S. Sen. Susan Collins are leading a group of 43 senators trying to get more funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In a letter to President Barack Obama they said no less than $4.7 billion should be available for it in the fiscal 2016 budget.

Congress provided $3.39 billion in heating assistance for the 2015 fiscal year.

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Experts say a welcome combination of low prices and expected warmer weather are producing a more favorable outlook for the federal heating assistance program than has been seen in years.