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Veto Threat on Low-Income Heating Assistance Ignores Serious Need

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Heather Long; Richard Kogan

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Economic projections; Housing assistance; Federal budget; Economic inequality

Type: Report


President Bush has threatened to veto additional home energy assistance funding for low-income households this winter.  Without the additional funding, which is needed to offset a 40 percent increase in home heating costs, large numbers of low-income Americans will suffer extensive hardship this winter.