Posted on December 19, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Tennessee will receive more than $8 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help Tennesseans with their heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). "Cold weather and high heating bills unfortunately force too many Tennesseans to choose between food on the table or having heat in their home," said Frist. "The LIHEAP program helps keep low-income Tennesseans from having to make these types of hard choices. I'm pleased this funding will be available, and hope it will help many Tennessee families get through the cold winter season." "This is good news for many Tennesseans," said Alexander. "It will help those who need it the most pay their heating bills during the upcoming winter months. Senator Frist and I will continue to work to make sure Tennesseans are receiving the assistance they need from LIHEAP." Alexander, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, introduced legislation to reauthorize the LIHEAP program for the next five years. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the bill, which includes increased funding for LIHEAP. Frist and Alexander are members of the HELP Committee. The Department of HHS is releasing $598 million to states. Close to $273 million is being distributed immediately to complete first quarter allocations and an additional $325 million will go out to states on January 1. This $8 million grant for Tennessee is in addition to more than $9 million released in October. Tennessee is expected to receive more than $24 million for the 2004 fiscal year.