Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the Democrats’ continued fight to provide full funding for LIHEAP to keep American warm this winter:
“On three separate occasions this year, a bipartisan majority of the Senate attempted to provide full funding to keep Americans warm this winter. On each of these occasions, the Republican leadership said ‘no’ to the needs of American families.
“During our negotiation over the Defense Appropriations bill, the Republican leadership said ‘no’ again by insisting that the Senate remove LIHEAP funding after the Senate rejected the special interest Arctic Refuge drilling provision. It was the wrong choice for the American people in this cold, holiday season.
“We will continue to fight to ensure that no American family will be left out in the cold this winter because of the refusal of the Republican leadership to do the right thing. Because we know that together, American can do better, we will continue to pursue the full funding for this vital program that serves American families well.”