Biden admin offers more money for heating costs as oil and gas prices skyrocket

That Biden the administration is taking steps to help allocate several billion dollars in support for winter heating and utility bills, an unprecedented amount that comes largely from $ 1.9 trillion emergency aid package for coronavirus.

The package provided an additional $ 4.5 billion to the government Low-income program for energy assistance for the home, which typically has a funding of $ 3-4 billion annually. Support for tenants can also cover utility costs, while the money given to state, local and tribal governments can help families facing high heating bills and not eligible for other programs.

“This is another example where the U.S. rescue plan included extra precautions to ensure we would be prepared,” he said. Gene Sperling, who oversees the corona aid for the White House. “These new programs and funding were designed to ensure that if the weather was colder or prices were higher, we would have the highest resources ever to help as many hard-pressed families as possible.”

Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm speaks during a clean energy event at Port Authority Hangar 19 at JFK Airport in New York, Monday, November 1, 2021.

Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm speaks during a clean energy event at Port Authority Hangar 19 at JFK Airport in New York, Monday, November 1, 2021.
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The White House issued invitations to a call Thursday afternoon with representatives from the governors’ offices to discuss ways to allocate funds and coordinate across programs. Speakers on the call will include Sperling, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Health and Human Secretary Xavier Becerra and the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, and Minnesota.

The help helps to create a pillow that limits the shock of higher energy costs ahead of the winter. Republican lawmakers have said the emergency package, which became law in March, caused higher inflation levels, with prices in October 6.2% higher than a year ago. The GOP argument is that the Biden aid package sent in too much money the economy, which pushes up prices and harms middle-class and low-income families.

Late.  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) goes to the U.S. Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on October 7, 2021 in Washington, DC.  The senator recently knocked Democrats down over inflation.

Late. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) goes to the U.S. Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on October 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. The senator recently knocked Democrats down over inflation.
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“Democrat inflation acts as an ultra-punitive tax on the families who can least afford it,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Wednesday.

But in this case, the cost of the aid package is already helping to isolate millions of households from higher consumption bills and reduce the burden on household budgets. Estimates from the Urban Institute based on a Census Bureau survey show that a third of families used the monthly payments from extended child tax deduction to pay their utility bills between July and October 2021.

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the General Motors Factory ZERO assembly plant for electric vehicles, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Detroit.

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the General Motors Factory ZERO assembly plant for electric vehicles, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Detroit.
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Electricity and natural gas prices is about 11% higher than a year ago, according to the Ministry of Labor’s consumer price index. Fuel oil prices has more than doubled in the past year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The administration also urges utilities and energy companies to use the available public resources to protect their most vulnerable customers. DTE Energy, Eversource, National Grid, NorthWestern Energy, Green Mountain Power, Portland General Electric, Vermont Gas and the supplied fuel industry association NEFI have agreed to identify and notify eligible recipients and guarantee no interruptions to customers seeking assistance.

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