Sen. Joe Manchin Announces More than $4.8 Million in Energy Bill Assistance for West Virginia Families

Matt O'Hern
West Virginia families with low income will receive federal financial assistance for energy bills.Photo byNew South Politics

According to a press release from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will provide financial assistance to low-income West Virginians whose energy costs represent a disproportionate share of their household budgets.

Manchin, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is also a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,824,257 from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the state of West Virginia. The funding is through.

Manchin touted President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Law for providing the assitance.

“No West Virginian should have to choose between keeping their home warm and paying for necessities like food or medicine," Manchin said. "Together, with funding previously awarded through the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, today’s announcement ensures LIHEAP will continue to help low-income households and seniors pay for their utilities, cutting costs for families across the Mountain State. I urge the state to move quickly to put these critical funds to work, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources that deliver relief for West Virginians.”

Recent Efforts to secure LIHEAP funding for West Virginia:

  • March 1, 2023: Senator Manchin announced $8.7 million from LIHEAP for the state of West Virginia.
  • November 3, 2022: Senator Manchin announced $38.6 million from LIHEAP for the state of West Virginia.
  • October 18, 2022: Senator Manchin led a group of 31 bipartisan Senators in urging HHS to release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at the highest level possible.
  • May 4, 2022: Senator Manchin questioned HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on administration of the LIHEAP program in West Virginia.

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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

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