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The Springfield Republican: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey make plea for President Obama to release low income heating assistance money

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey on Thursday asked the Obama administration to rapidly release “as high a level as possible” low income home energy assistance funds.

Known as LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), the funds help low-income households and seniors pay energy bills. Warren and Markey, both Democrats, signed onto a bipartisan letter addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell calling for the quick release and were joined by 44 of their Senate colleagues, including Jack Reed (D-RI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), among others.