Threatened Federal Heating Assistance Cuts Prove Need for Reform, Says Cutler

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) today released the following statement regarding the federal government’s threats to cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by half: 

“I applaud the federal government’s attempts to address our growing national debt, which threatens the future prosperity and safety of the United States.  These cuts go to the heart of why it is essential to improve the way state governments administer federal funds and prove the need for greater oversight into determining program eligibility.  We must work to ensure that only truly needy individuals and families, for whom such programs are intended, are approved to receive government assistance. 

“For too long Pennsylvania has been careless in approving government assistance for individuals who are not genuinely eligible for help.  The auditor general has uncovered cases of individuals being approved for benefits when they are deceased, sharing the same address with another beneficiary, and when they have already been approved for the exact same program.  We must stop this irresponsible use of taxpayer funds in order to salvage such programs for those who are truly in need. 

“I have authored legislation to improve the approval process so we can ensure that only those individuals who deserve public assistance will receive benefits.  The days of ‘close your eyes and authorize’ are over.  It is time for Pennsylvania to act as a good steward of taxpayer dollars.  I am hopeful my legislation will become law this year.” 

State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Nicole Wamsley

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