Klobuchar, Franken ask Obama for home heating grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saying home-heating costs in a Minnesota winter aren’t optional, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have joined 46 other senators in urging President Obama to release $590 million in emergency low-income home heating grants.

In their letter to Obama, the senators said sour economic conditions, including the continuing high rates of unemployment and increased use of food stamps, constitute the type of emergency required to tap into the funding.

“As temperatures continue to drop, no Minnesotan should be left out in the cold,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “These funds are critical to helping thousands of families keep their heat on during the peak of winter. The president should make these funds available as quickly as possible.”

“Heating in Minnesota is not a choice, it’s a necessity,” Franken agreed.  “Last year, more than 150,000 Minnesotans applied for federal heating assistance. These funds are crucial to the well being of thousands of people across the state.  I urge the President to make them available.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Burton'Jon Blackwell on 01/08/2010 - 04:47 pm.

    Ink Fan’s!…
    Amy and AL are only half there and are asking Obama for only half a grant. As the price of gas at our pumps edges towards $3 a gallon, these same low fixed income people need gas grants to get to and from work. If Obama can’t issue gas grants to subsidize low income transportation to and from the workplace…then…in order to save our economy, he must issue an executive order freezing the price of gas at the pumps. The oil industry has the greatest glut of inexpensive petroleum that the world has ever known. If gas at the pumps were $1.69 a gallon, this industry would be experiencing 3 times the net profit as any other industry that’s linked to a comodity. No matter what their Republican puppets tell as their cover story, there is no empiracal reason for the price of unleaded gasoline to be over $1.29 a gallon at the pumps…with today’s economy being what it is.

    Inkpahduhtah

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