House Appropriations Committee Adds $150 Million to LIHEAP

The House Appropriations Committee on May 8 approved the recommendations of the Subcommittee on Labor/HHS appropriations to add an additional $150 million bringing the total spending for LIHEAP to $3.84 billion!  It also includes a hold harmless setting the funding floor at the FY 2018 level of $3.6 billion. This will address the concern of a number of states last year that even though funding was increased in FY 19, they received less than they received in FY 2018.  In addition of the increase funding level, $37 million be added to the tier one formula.

We all owe a big thanks to Rep. DeLauro a longtime supporter of LIHEAP who is now serving as Chair of the Subcommittee.

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For making payments under subsections (b) and (d) of section 2602 of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8621 et seq.), $3,840,304,000:

Provided, that notwithstanding section 2609A(a) of such Act, not more than $2,988,000 may be reserved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for technical assistance, training, and monitoring of program activities for compliance with internal controls, policies and procedures and the Secretary may, in addition to the authorities provided in section 2609A(a)(1), use such funds through contracts with private entities that do not qualify as nonprofit organizations:

Provided further, that $3,637,316,000 of the amount appropriated under this heading shall be allocated to each State and territory in amounts equal to the amount each State and territory was allocated in fiscal year 2018 pursuant to allocations made from amounts appropriated under this heading in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 19115-141):

Provided further, that $37,280,000 of the amount appropriated under this heading shall be allocated as though the total appropriation for such payments for fiscal year 2020 was less than $1,975,000,000.