State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, During the  past  year,  many  states  exhausted
 3    their  Low-Income  Home  Energy  Assistance  Program (LIHEAP)
 4    allocations as the energy assistance program served   million
 5    more households than it had in the previous year; and

 6        WHEREAS,  According  to  the  National  Energy Assistance
 7    Directors' Association, a combination  of  circumstances  has
 8    left  many low-income households with utility debts at levels
 9    considerably higher than in previous years  and  applications
10    for the current heating season coming in at rates higher than
11    last year; and

12        WHEREAS,  On  January  30, 2002, intake site directors in
13    Illinois were informed that the State of Illinois was already
14    running out of LIHEAP funds for this program year; therefore,
15    be it

17    ASSEMBLY  OF  THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we call on the Bush
18    Administration to immediately  release  the  $600,000,000  in
19    emergency  LIHEAP funds that have been appropriated to reduce
20    the energy burden on low-income households ($300,000,000 from
21    the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2001 and  $300,000,000
22    from  the  FY 2002 Labor/HHS/Education spending bill); and be
23    it further

24        RESOLVED,  That  these  contingency  LIHEAP  funds   were
25    authorized  to  meet  the  additional  home energy assistance
26    needs of one or more states arising from, among other things,
27    increases in the cost  of  home  energy,  increases  in  home
28    energy   disconnections,   and   increases   in  layoffs  and
29    unemployment; and be it further

30        RESOLVED, That the members of the Senate  recognize  that
31    the  latest U.S. Department of Labor employment data indicate
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 1    the unemployment rate has risen almost  one  full  percentage
 2    point in the last two months, while payroll employment across
 3    the nation has fallen by nearly 800,000; and be it further

 4        RESOLVED,  Under  these  conditions,  the  members of the
 5    Senate believe it is imperative that the Bush  Administration
 6    release  to  state LIHEAP programs the $600,000,000 currently
 7    available in emergency LIHEAP funds; and be it further

 8        RESOLVED, That suitable  copies  of  this  resolution  be
 9    presented  to  President George W. Bush and to each member of
10    the Illinois congressional delegation.

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