Human Services & Welfare and
Agriculture & Energy Committees - Appropriations Update:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Updated December 22, 2011

FY 2012 Appropriations Process Comes to an End

With passage of H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2012, on December 17 the U.S. Senate cleared the nine-bill spending package for the President’s signature ending a prolonged annual appropriations process. This legislation includes full year funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with other government agencies whose annual appropriations bills had not yet been finalized. The President is expected to sign omnibus spending package by Dec. 23 when a new short-term, stopgap funding measure expires. While the omnibus was cleared by the Senate one day after the House passed the measure both chambers also agreed to approve a new CR (P.L. 112-68) in order to give appropriators adequate time to prepare the measure for transmittal to the White House. 

Under this omnibus appropriations package, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded at $3.478 billion for FY12 however an across-the-board rescission of 0.189% would reduce the total to $3.472 billion. The legislative language stipulates that $497 million of the total would be allocated according to the “new formula” and $2.974 billion will be allocated through the "old" formula, otherwise known as Tier I formula (the Senate bill had proposed that all the money be distributed through Tier I). No Emergency Contingency funding is provided in the appropriations measure. Under the agreement, up to $3 million may be reserved by the Secretary of HHS for Training and Technical Assistance and monitoring of program activities for compliance with internal controls, policies and procedures. 

Please see the attached summary table which provides updated estimates of the state-by-state LIHEAP allocation for FY 2012. It is based on numbers run by the Congressional Research Service and compiled by the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association.   

HHS Releases Additional Funds to States
HHS released more than $845 million in LIHEAP funding to states on December 22 under the most recent continuing resolution (P.L. 112-68) which is in effect through December 23. These funds are in addition to the $1.7 billion released to states since October 2011 under the previous continuing resolutions passed by Congress to keep the federal government operating. Including today’s release states will have received a total of $2.581 billion in LIHEAP block funds for Fiscal Year 2012. According to HHS, this release will bring each state up to a total of 75% of its formula share of the amount available under the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2012 (H.R 2055).  


For more information, please contact:

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

Ben Husch, Committee Director
Energy, Transportation and Agriculture
(202) 624-5400