Posted on February 6, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that Tennessee will receive $1.6 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), including $550,000 in emergency funds. "This funding will keep many Tennessee families from having to choose between food on the table or heat in their homes," said Frist. "Senator Alexander and I will continue to work to ensure LIHEAP funds are available for Tennesseans who need assistance." "As Tennesseans endure harsh winter weather and extremely cold temperatures, this funding will go a long way to help families pay their heating bills," said Alexander. "We appreciate the Department of HHS for recognizing the need for emergency LIHEAP funds in Tennessee." 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. More than $1 million in grants was scheduled to be released to Tennessee through the Department of Health and Human Services. The additional $550,000 was released to meet emergency needs due to colder than normal January temperatures. LIHEAP grants are distributed in Tennessee through community action agencies across the state.