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CNN's Cafferty: Bush putting the poor out in the cold to fund war

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Bush_to_CUT_...holds_1023.html

Amid $190 billion Iraq request, 30 million Americans won't be able to heat homes this winter

As he prepares to ask for $190 billion to fund the war in Iraq, President Bush refuses to approve an extra half-billion dollars that help one in four American households pay skyrocketing home-heating bills this winter.

The debate illustrates what critics say are Bush's out-of-wack spending priorities, after he vetoed a popular measure that would have expanded healthcare available to poor children.

"No money for kids' health insurance, no money to help poor families pay their heating bills but President Bush wants $190 billion additional for 2008 for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," CNN commentator Jack Cafferty said Monday. "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the president's new request means the cost of Iraq war is now approaching $650 billion. I wonder if the Democrats will give him the money."

Rising oil prices are creating a "heat or eat" dilemma for families struggling near or below the poverty line.

"Parents know that children can freeze to death more quickly than they starve to death, and so most decrease food purchases first to pay for heat," wrote Dr. Deborah A. Frank, director of the Grow Clinic for Children, and Joseph P. Kennedy II, chairman and president of Citizens Energy Corp., in the Boston Globe Sunday.

The home heating debate involves grants distributed through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. The program operates with an annual budget of $2.16 billion -- just $300 million more than when the program started in 1991, as Cafferty notes.

The House wants to bump LIHEAP funding to $2.66 billion per year, while the Senate has approved a bill that would maintain its current funding level, which would only cover 16 percent of the 38 million eligible American households, according to Reuters.

But even static funding is too much for Bush, who wants to cut the program to $1.78 billion for fiscal year 2008. That's less than 1 percent of the $192 billion he has requested to fund dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it amounts to about a week's worth of Pentagon war spending, according to CNN.

The following video is from CNN's Cafferty File Jack Cafferty, broadcast on October 22, 2007

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Bush_to_CUT_...holds_1023.html

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Well no. It would be up to the democrats if they want to put those people out in the cold as well. They would have to agree to it.

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Been hearing that EVERY WINTER, that people will be so cold because of whoever is the current President.

The funniest was when there were concern about the Russian will get cold in the coming winter.LOL :lol:

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NOAA Reports U.S. Winter Forecast Still On Track- October 18, 2007

In the first scheduled update to the 2007-08 U.S. winter outlook, NOAA seasonal forecasters say the latest data and model runs confirm their earlier prediction for above-average temperatures over most of the country and a continuation of drier-than-average conditions across much of the Southwest and Southeast.

“The prediction for a warmer than normal winter is still on course,” said Michael Halpert, head of forecast operations and acting deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Our big concern continues to be the persistence of drought across large parts of the country’s southern tier. Nearly half of the Southeast is in extreme drought and water supplies have reached critical levels in some cities."

Despite some recent short-term relief over the Southeast and Tennessee Valley, and the potential for additional short-term relief during the next 10 days, NOAA meteorologists predict that the drought will continue through the winter for many areas in the Southeast. Although forecasters cannot rule out much-needed rain in any location in coming months, the latest U.S. drought outlook shows reduced chances for significant relief along the Gulf and Southeast coasts, as the odds for soaking tropical rains diminish as the Atlantic hurricane season winds down.

“Drought is by no means limited to the Southeast, as severe drought expanded northward all the way to Delaware this month. The Washington D.C. area is experiencing one of the most notable dry spells on record, with October 17 the 33rd consecutive day without measurable rain at Reagan National Airport,” said Douglas LeComte, drought specialist at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Additionally, the onset of La Niña means that drought will likely persist in the Mid Atlantic and the Southwest from Southern California into Arizona. In contrast, the drought forecast shows continued improvement for the Northeast and Great Lakes region, as well as the Northwest and northern Rockies.

“Even though December, January and February are likely to be milder than average for much of the country, people should still expect some typical winter weather this season,” said Halpert

For the country as a whole, NOAA's updated heating degree day forecast for December through February projects a 3.4 percent warmer winter than the 30-year normal, but a 0.7 percent cooler winter than last year.

The 2007-08 U.S. winter outlook will be updated for the final time this season on Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The U.S. winter outlook is produced by a team of scientists at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in association with NOAA-funded partners. Scientists base this forecast on long-term climate trends and a variety of forecast tools from statistical techniques to extremely complex dynamical ocean-atmosphere coupled models and composites.

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HHS Provides Over $131 Million In Energy Assistance- September 26, 2007

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the release of $131 million in energy assistance to help eligible low income homeowners and renters meet home energy costs. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds are expected to provide states with heating assistance for the fall and winter months ahead.

“No one should suffer from the cold,” Secretary Leavitt said. “These funds will put states in a better position to help those in need keep their homes warm when cold weather strikes.”

Of the $131 million, $106 million will go to help individuals heat or cool their homes in all 50 states. As the following states were identified as having large numbers of eligible households that use oil to heat their homes, Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont will share an additional $25 million under LIHEAP.

“The release of these funds will give some of our most vulnerable citizens one less thing to worry about," said Daniel Schneider, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families. “The Bush Administration is making sure that when temperatures drop, the heat stays on.”

The funds released today bring the total delivered under LIHEAP to approximately $2.16 billion this year.

For a complete list of state allocations of the funds released today go to:

LIHEAP Contingency Fund Release

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I don't think there will be anyone out in the cold due to global warming.

Damn I hope my k-board is ok. I just shot out some beer :lol: I'm Canadaian remember eh ;)

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Oh wow thats alot of cash. lets hope the price of oil comes down and we get a mild winter.

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Oh wow thats alot of cash. lets hope the price of oil comes down and we get a mild winter.

I can't really see oil comming down in price to make a difference, but as a Canadian a mild winter would be great. I have a love hate thing with global warming due to the fact I hate the cold and my car needs new tires. Again every year, yes hear in Canada we have a homeless issue as does everyone else and it seems there is no solution. It's not a Bush issue as to what each state/province does to deal with this. The price of oil is what it is.

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Maybe Mr. Chavez will come to the rescue again this year.

Remember, last year, he helped out the Bronx and Brooklyn and others......

Shame it had to come to that.

But Wait, the Dems passed LIHEAP. YAY! Go Dems! :)

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I can't really see oil comming down in price to make a difference, but as a Canadian a mild winter would be great. I have a love hate thing with global warming due to the fact I hate the cold and my car needs new tires. Again every year, yes hear in Canada we have a homeless issue as does everyone else and it seems there is no solution. It's not a Bush issue as to what each state/province does to deal with this. The price of oil is what it is.

Yeah I don't see it coming down either. I use to deal with the snow and the ice but I moved to NC. we had a dusting of snow and work was closed. up north we had 27 inches and they wanted me to work that day. unreal no more rocksalt

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Maybe Mr. Chavez will come to the rescue again this year.

Remember, last year, he helped out the Bronx and Brooklyn and others......

How did Chavez rescue us last year? for giving oil to two cities?

Shame it had to come to that.

But Wait, the Dems passed LIHEAP. YAY! Go Dems! :)

I thought Michael Leavitt was a republican?

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How did Chavez rescue us last year? for giving oil to two cities?

I thought Michael Leavitt was a republican?

Came to the rescue of two cities.

Anyways, the Democrats negotiated for Liheap. I forget the details. I think it was slipped in some type of funding bill. I forget.

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Came to the rescue of two cities.

Anyways, the Democrats negotiated for Liheap. I forget the details. I think it was slipped in some type of funding bill. I forget.

Did Bush pass that bill?

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Did Bush pass that bill?

It was either pass it, or you don't get your blood money I think.

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speaking as a disabled person on a fixed income I just may be one of those who have to shut my heat off to to most of my home other than for pipes and a bed room and lower it to 65 degrees .

it's not a thought to cons who cry about tax breaks. as long as they get theirs they could care less . It's the same reason 22% of the wealth in this country is held by 1 % and the bottom 50% of the country holds 13% of it.

greed. oh so christian like. but throw money at a lie of a war ? sure. ( but won't die for it)

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I keep the heat shut off to most of my house and keep it about 62 degrees, too. I do it for the environment.

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I don't see what the problem is . You can solve both the heating bill (for middle-class or higher families), plus the HUGE social security bills, PLUS the environmental problems, by simply building municipal heating systems and fueling them by burning the poor.

It's a win-win situation.

Meow Purr :P

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I don't see what the problem is . You can solve both the heating bill (for middle-class or higher families), plus the HUGE social security bills, PLUS the environmental problems, by simply building municipal heating systems and fueling them by burning the poor.

It's a win-win situation.

Meow Purr :P

Ships cat, that was mean! but funny!

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