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    it is the Obama administration that had proposed slashing LIHEAP by 50% for 2012. Congress settled on a smaller cut, against the PRes's proposals. Talk about cold cuts:


    House Releases Conference Report and Moves Closer to Vote – LIHEAP Funded at $3.478 B

     Today, the House is expected to take up the Omnibus FY2012 appropriations package, which contains funding for LIHEAP in the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee.  The House recently released their Conference Report.  With the current CR expiring today, both chambers will have to move quickly to approve this package.

     As reported yesterday, the bill provides $3.478 B for LIHEAP.  In what appears to be a compromise between the House and Senate on the formula distribution, roughly $3 billion would be distributed under the old formula (tier 1).  There is no reserve for contingency funding. Additionally, $3 million would be provided for Training and Technical Assistance.

    This overall funding is less than current year’s level ($4.7 billion), but higher than the President’s request of $2.57 billion.

     Now that this joint statement has been released, we have additional information on other programs of interest:

     Weatherization Assistance Program:  $65M is provided, with another $3M for training and technical assistance.  This is a rather large cut from the $174M in FY11.

     State Energy Program:  It is the higher Senate level at $50M.  This was the same level as FY11.


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