President Obama’s budget will propose cutting in half the program that helps low-income families and senior citizens and disabled pay their heating and air conditioning bills, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who signed a letter Friday urging the president to change his mind.
The cut would drop about 500,000 New Jersey residents from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program program that assisted nearly 1 million state residents last year, Menendez said in a statement released Friday.
"It defies common sense to shut off the heat to seniors and low-income families,’’ Menendez said. "Cutting these resources is colder than this winter. We need to get our fiscal house in order. But we should do it responsibly.’’
It wasn't that long ago that Barack Obama signed off on continued tax cuts for billionaires. And now he wants the poor to freeze in the dark. No sacrifice is too great for Barack Obama's need to have Republicans like him. He appears to care not one whit about the people who actually voted for him, it's all about the Republicans.
I'm about to send an extra $200 to the fuel oil company because we've gone through a lot more oil this year than usual because of this year's cold and snow...and we need the tank filled about three weeks earlier than in most years. I'm lucky in that I can absorb it. But there are many families in this country who can't. And now a Democratic President is about to pull the rug out from under them.