Thursday, February 01, 2007

More Money for Utility Assistance

AP via

The House approved additional funding Thursday to help low-income people pay their utility bills, while a Senate panel considered a proposal that would bar utilities from cutting off people's electricity when it's hot.

After little debate, the House voted to add $6.3 million to the Utilicare program, which helps people weatherize their homes to improve energy efficiency and pay utility bills. If the Senate follows suit, the money would be added to $42.5 million from the federal government through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.