HUMAN SERVICES & WELFARE AND AGRICULTURE & ENERGY COMMITTEES UPDATE:
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)


November 2, 2011

FY 2012 Appropriations Update
At the start of the new federal fiscal year on October 1st, Congress had not completed action on any FY 2012 appropriations legislation. Instead, Congress enacted a short term continuing resolution (CR), P.L.112-36, which keeps the federal government funded through November 18th. H.R. 2608 would continue FY2012 funding levels at the rate established in the Budget Control Act (P.L. 112-25). In an October 18th joint letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius 33 Senators requested the Secretary release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at as high of a level as possible. The Senators acknowledged that the CR did not provide certainty about the funding level for LIHEAP in FY 2012 but noted that the release of funds was critical for state agencies to begin the process of determining the level of heating assistance for this winter.

On October 28th, Secretary Sebelius announced the release of more than $1.7 billion in first quarter LIHEAP funds to states, tribes and territories under funding authorized by the continuing resolution. According to an HHS press release (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/10/20111028a.html) funds being received by states through this release are for their immediate needs, but states may currently access an additional $136 million, if needed. The following is a state by state chart of allotments to states under this release.

LIHEAP Allocations

States Allotments
FY 2012 CR
(11/18/11)

LIHEAP Allocations

States Allotments
FY 2012 CR
(11/18/11)

LIHEAP Allocations

States Allotments
FY 2012 CR
(11/18/11)

Alabama

$7,594,325

Maryland

$29,727,434

South Carolina

$6,650,728

Alaska

$10,156,192

Massachusetts

$77,661,872

South Dakota

$11,493,483

Arizona

$2,487,909

Michigan

$70,052,285

Tennessee

$21,598,597

Arkansas

$9,584,732

Minnesota

$73,502,093

Texas

$37,474,930

California

$85,356,581

Mississippi

$12,924,415

Utah

$8,829,178

Colorado

$29,761,178

Missouri

$42,923,533

Vermont

$11,018,030

Connecticut

$36,781,112

Montana

$12,433,676

Virginia

$24,776,179

Delaware

$4,339,542

Nebraska

$15,257,746

Washington

$37,940,676

District of Columbia

$6,029,509

Nevada

$3,613,940

West Virginia

$14,110,299

Florida

$23,850,878

New Hampshire

$14,699,808

Wisconsin

$66,162,437

Georgia

$18,857,507

New Jersey

$72,096,969

Wyoming

$5,537,264

Hawaii

$527,516

New Mexico

$9,633,144

 

 

Idaho

$7,539,440

New York

$235,407,513

 

 

Illinois

$107,459,532

North Carolina

$35,082,864

 

 

Indiana

$48,654,658

North Dakota

$14,791,567

 

 

Iowa

$32,667,355

Ohio

$75,050,540

Total to States and Tribes

$1,714,123,876

Kansas

$15,835,777

Oklahoma

$13,927,015

 

 

Kentucky

$23,987,102

Oregon

$23,066,172

Total to Territories

$2,508,804

Louisiana

$15,410,185

Pennsylvania

$113,138,188

 

 

Maine

$23,876,683

Rhode Island

$12,783,588

TOTAL ALL GRANTEES

$1,716,632,680

 

Appropriations Legislation Advances Slowly in Both Chambers
The Senate Appropriations Committee favorably reported S. 159, the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, for consideration by the full Senate on September 23rd. The Senate legislation would provide $3.6 billion for the FY 2012 for the formula block grant and $200 million in emergency contingency funds.  The House Appropriations Committee released a draft proposal on the FY2012 Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education funding bill on September 29th. The draft bill recommends $3.39 billion for the FY 2012 LIHEAP formula block grant, but no additional funds for emergency contingency.  

Both the Senate legislation and the House draft bill would represent a $1.1 billion decrease for the FY 2012 in regular LIHEAP block grant funding compared to FY 2011. One key difference between the two bills would be the manner in which state allocations are made under the formula block grant. Under the Senate legislation distribution would be through the Tier One (hold harmless) formula while the House draft bill would distribute funds through the statutory formula. The following chart compares FY 2011 allocations by state to estimated state allocations under the President’s FY 2012 request, the Senate committee passed legislation and the draft House bill is included at the end of this brief.

 

Actual FY2011 LIHEAP Allocations and Estimated FY2012 LIHEAP Allocations:  President's Request, S. 1599, and House draft (dollars in millions)

State

FY 2011Total Regular Program and Emergency Contingency Allocations

Estimated FY2012 Allocations: President's Request $1.980 Billion

Senate Appropriations Committee-Passed Bill (S. 1599): $3.401 Billion

House Draft Bill: $3.392 Billion

Alabama

61.570

16.748

28.950

53.164

Alaska

24.727

10.691

18.479

17.249

Arizona

33.844

8.100

14.001

34.023

Arkansas

36.401

12.780

22.090

30.177

California

211.554

89.849

155.308

149.501

draft

65.035

31.328

54.151

42.565

Connecticut

102.919

40.868

70.642

80.549

Delaware

15.854

5.424

9.376

12.597

DC

14.641

6.347

10.971

10.241

Florida

110.783

26.501

45.807

111.317

Georgia

87.862

20.953

36.218

88.013

Hawaii

6.235

2.110

3.647

6.881

Idaho

28.199

12.220

21.122

19.717

Illinois

248.941

113.115

195.524

176.083

Indiana

107.584

51.215

88.528

74.193

Iowa

71.589

36.297

62.741

36.762

Kansas

43.924

16.669

28.813

32.474

Kentucky

61.111

26.652

46.070

45.124

Louisiana

54.895

17.122

29.597

47.488

Maine

56.541

26.476

45.765

33.930

Maryland

88.926

31.292

54.090

73.774

Massachusetts

183.854

81.749

141.307

125.265

Michigan

238.425

107.393

185.633

163.310

Minnesota

152.559

77.371

133.738

78.363

Mississippi

40.635

14.359

24.820

33.262

Missouri

100.193

45.183

78.100

61.428

Montana

33.072

14.333

24.775

23.126

Nebraska

41.447

17.950

31.028

28.963

Nevada

15.868

3.804

6.576

15.980

New Hampshire

36.050

15.473

26.747

24.966

New Jersey

188.792

75.892

131.182

134.689

New Mexico

23.543

10.140

17.528

16.361

New York

521.925

247.797

428.328

343.482

North Carolina

116.205

36.929

63.834

87.946

North Dakota

35.936

15.570

26.913

25.122

Ohio

234.875

100.067

172.970

157.402

Oklahoma

49.378

15.395

26.611

38.688

Oregon

47.862

24.280

41.969

24.591

Pennsylvania

294.486

133.104

230.075

195.025

Rhode Island

31.274

13.456

23.260

22.514

South Carolina

48.649

13.301

22.992

40.344

South Dakota

29.259

12.646

21.858

20.404

Tennessee

74.390

26.998

46.668

57.110

Texas

184.201

44.088

76.208

185.195

Utah

33.538

14.558

25.164

23.489

Vermont

26.959

11.598

20.047

18.713

Virginia

107.215

38.117

65.887

83.640

Washington

78.688

39.938

69.034

40.450

West Virginia

40.786

17.638

30.488

28.459

Wisconsin

137.390

69.645

120.384

74.907

Wyoming

13.444

5.829

10.075

9.405

Total

4,700.655

1,947.359

3,366.088

3,358.419

Source:  HHS final allocations for FY 2011 and Congressional Research Service
 allocation estimates for the FY 2012 Senate and House spending bills.

 

New Information Released from the Energy Information Agency (EIA)
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the federal authority that collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information. Several recent documents may be of interest to policy makers working on energy and energy assistance issues including the most recent EIA update to the Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook. EIA projects average household heating expenditures will increase for natural gas, propane, and heating oil by 3 percent, 7 percent, and 8 percent respectively this winter (October 1 to March 31) while electricity heating expenditures are projected to fall by less than one percent. Average expenditures for households that heat with oil are forecast to be higher than any previous winter. 

EIA also examined a shift in focus for the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NHHOR) following a decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The NHHOR was reduced to one million barrels and will now be focused on New England since DOE chose to end its prior practice of storing an additional one million barrels of NHHOR heating oil in New York harbor. DOE determined that this area is well supplied with commercial sulfur distillate (ULSD) inventories and also is served by several nearby refineries and a major pipeline that could quickly provide heating fuel. For more information go to: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=3470.

 

For more information, please contact: 

 

 

Sheri Steisel, Federal Affairs Counsel & Senior Committee Director Human Services and Welfare
Sheri.Steisel@ncsl.org
(202) 624-5400
 

 

 

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