Maine, Vermont and RI senators back home heat aid

5:05 PM, Dec 7, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three New England senators are pushing a bill to prevent deep spending cuts in the federal home heating assistance program that they say could hurt the poor and elderly this winter.

Maine's Olympia Snowe, Vermont's Bernie Sanders and Rhode Island's Jack Reed said Wednesday said they want $4.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the same amount provided by the government to states last winter.

President Barack Obama has proposed cutting the program to about $2.5 billion this winter. The House is considering $3.4 billion for fuel assistance while the Senate weighs a $3.6 billion proposal.

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