By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee joined with officials from four other New England states in calling on Congress to fund the low income heating assistance program.
In a conference call with elected officials from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Chafee said providing heating assistance is cheaper than lodging people in nursing homes, which would be the alternative for some people.
"I'm fully aware having served there of the deficits and how they've come back but these are programs that are valuable for veterans, the elderly, disabled," said Chafee, "a critical federal program for the cold weather states."
There are three funding proposals on the table in Washington right now, all of which would fund the low income heating assistance program at levels lower than last year.
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