Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) have led a bipartisan group of 34 senators in a push for $3.46 billion in federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) funding for fiscal year 2014, reports Jim Collura in NEFI Energy Online News (NEON).

LIHEAP “is one of our most effective tools to help senior citizens and less-fortunate households keep warm during the winter,” said Collins. “As energy costs have increased, LIHEAP funding has been an important lifeline that helps prevent people from having to choose between heating their home, paying their bills, or going without food or medicine.”

See a press release, and the letter, here.

All other New England Senators co-signed the letter, reports Collura, NEFI vice president for government affairs. The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), is a trade group representing the fuel industry.