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New legislation could help families pay their energy bills, says Gillibrand

Many in upstate are bracing for higher utility bills in the wake of the January 14 winter storm, but Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she has a plan to relieve some of the financial burden.


The Heating and Cooling Relief Act proposes an investment of $40 billion to expand to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to WHEC.


Gillibrand says more than 1.2 million families in the U.S. owe roughly $1.7 billion in late energy payments. This legislation would make it so families enrolled in LIHEAP would not spend over 3% of their yearly income on energy costs.



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