Low-income people face many complicated barriers to economic security and upward mobility. Income supports and other assistance, such as cash assistance, food and nutrition benefits, and energy assistance, can ensure a basic standard of living. Work supports, like child care assistance, job training, and employment programs give individuals who can work opportunities to increase their earning capacity and move out of poverty.
Each year, our elected officials choose whether and how much to invest in these programs that support the economic security of millions. These choices express our shared commitment to ensuring that all Americans can meet their basic needs.
S. 28—Increasing funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: Adoption of this amendment would have demonstrated the support of the Senate for increasing federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a program that helps defray the cost of home heating and cooling for millions of low-income Americans.
H. 661—Reauthorizing the Weatherization Assistance Program: Adoption of this amendment would have reauthorized the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), a program that reduces energy costs for millions of low-income Americans.