Tester to President: Help keep Montanans warm through record cold days
Senator joins call to increase low income energy assistance funds
(U.S. SENATE) – As Montanans fight to keep warm through some of the coldest days in the state’s history, Senator Jon Tester is working to provide needed heating assistance for Montana’s families and seniors.
Tester and 14 of his Senate colleagues today urged the Administration to request more funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps low-income families, seniors, and the disabled reduce their energy and heating costs.
Last year, LIHEAP served more than 21,000 Montana households, but funding is not keeping up with Montanans’ needs.
“Higher energy costs, record-low temperatures, and tighter budgets are putting a strain on Montana families that need to heat their homes,” Tester said. “This critical funding keeps seniors safe and gives low-income families more control over their wallets.”
Recent cold temperatures in Montana are driving up energy prices, including the price of propane, which more than 12 percent of Montana households use for heat.