Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 39 other U.S. Senators have sent a letter urging Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to release federal heating aid funds part of the Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Sen. Baldwin said:
"As winter approaches in Wisconsin, it’s more important than ever that we do everything we can to keep those in need warm and safe. No one should have to decide between heating their home and putting food on the table or gas in the car," Baldwin said. "The LIHEAP program provides critical economic security for those most in need. Last year, this program helped over 200,000 households in Wisconsin afford their energy bills. Many more households in our state are eligible for assistance this year so I strongly urge HHS to quickly release funding for this essential program."
The letter sent to Sec. Sebelius urged HHS to "release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at as high of a level as possible under the current continuing resolution."
What Tammy Baldwin and other Democrats are doing here is naked redistribution of wealth via a welfare program.
Sen. Baldwin fights for federal assistance for low income individuals and families citing the very real struggles of many families in Wisconsin in affording rising energy costs.
But at the exact same time, Sen. Baldwin supports policies that hike energy prices on working families and hurt the poor the most.
Just a few examples include Baldwin's sponsorship of the Greenhouse Gas Registry Act, her across the board support for Cap and Trade, as well as opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and new offshore drilling. Sen. Baldwin has stood in strong opposition to any tangible energy policy that would lower costs for working Americans.
In Wisconsin, 60% of of energy is derived from coal. Yet, Sen. Baldwin has stood by and supported the War on Coal by the Obama Administration's EPA that has resulted in the closure of coal-fired plants in Wisconsin.
Tammy Baldwin's energy policy actively prevents America from exploiting the cheap and available energy in North America. Those policies hurt all of us, but especially the poor.
Baldwin exacerbates their plight and then promotes a scheme that requires greater federal assistance that is then the impetus for higher taxes on the energy sector and on working Americans.
Government mandated redistribution of wealth that doesn't leave poor Americans any farther ahead. It is the age-old game that liberals love to play.