Senate votes against increase in heating assistance program - - Columbia, South Carolina

Senate votes against increase in heating assistance program

(Capitol Hill-AP) Oct. 20, 2005 - For the second time this month, the Senate has voted against putting more money into a program that helps low-income families meet home heating costs.

Senators who opposed the $3 billion in emergency money said the aid would be dealt with as part of a larger emergency spending bill that Congress probably will consider soon.

But advocates say that with the weather turning cold in northern states and energy prices soaring, there was no time to delay.

Fifty-three senators voted for the amendment to a transportation and housing spending bill, seven short of the 60 needed to waive budget rules on new spending. Forty-six opposed it.

The amendment was sponsored by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed and Maine Republican Susan Collins. It would have added $3.1 billion to the Bush administration's $2 billion request for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Posted 10:05pm by Chantelle Janelle

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