Friday, October 21, 2005

Heat or Eat?

For the second time this month, the Senate voted against putting more money into a program that helps low-income families meet home heating costs.

Senators who opposed the $3.1 billion in emergency money for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program said the aid would be dealt with as part of a larger emergency spending bill that Congress probably will consider soon.

So...when will that be? Because it's the middle of October now and with heating costs expected to increase by 50%, the families that actually need this assistance will be (pardon the pun, please) left in the cold.

Of course, there's the argument that our Government shouldn't be assisting these people at all, but since the program's been in place since 1974, surviving the Reagan, Bush the first, and Bush the second years, I think it's safe to say that some aid is accepted across party lines.

That aid was initially placed at $1.9 billion in '74, so the increase seems to account for inflation.


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