Senator Hassan Worked Across the Aisle to Secure $1 Billion in LIHEAP Funding in the Bill
WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined her colleagues in voting to pass a bill to continue government funding. Senator Hassan also helped to secure $1 billion in emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the bill, in order to help bring down energy costs for Granite Staters.
“I am pleased that we came together today on a bipartisan basis to prevent a government shutdown. I am also proud that our bill includes new funding that will help Granite Staters and Americans afford to heat their homes as we approach colder months – this is a critical priority that Granite Staters have raised with me as they face rising costs, and it’s important that additional funding will go to New Hampshire through the LIHEAP program. I’ll keep working to bring down costs for Granite State families,” said Senator Hassan.
The Union Leader recently covered Senator Hassan’s work behind the scenes to secure LIHEAP funding, noting “Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., had been negotiating with senators of both political parties from the hardest-hit states affected by soaring prices of natural gas linked to the war in Ukraine.”
Senator Hassan is working across the aisle to bring down energy costs for Granite Staters. During negotiations for the bill that passed today, Senator Hassan worked closely with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to build bipartisan support for LIHEAP funding. Earlier this month, Senator Hassan led the New England delegation in calling on President Biden to lower energy costs by releasing oil from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. Senator Hassan successfully included in the Inflation Reduction Act her measure with Susan Collins (R-ME) to help lower energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by expanding and extending a tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades.