Reed debuts LIHEAP legislation in U.S. House

Staff reports

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday introduced the Low Income Heating Improvement Act to the House of Representatives.

The legislation would ensure that LIHEAP funds first benefit cold-weather states.

“Directing heating assistance dollars to cold weather states which need them most is a priority,” Reed said. “In cold Western New York winters, heat is not a luxury. It is a necessity.”

The bill does not increase LIHEAP funding, but will restore it to its original purpose, funding heat for low-income families and individuals in cold-weather states.

The program originally provided greater consideration to low-income households facing cold weather conditions.

However, the formula’s focus shifted toward general energy assistance.

Since Reed announced the legislation, 13 other members have stepped forward and signed on as original co-sponsors.