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Trump Wants to End Heating Aid for Low-Income Americans, It’s “No Longer Necessary” and “Rife with Fraud”

President Donald Trump is slashing the federal budget so that he can give huge tax cuts to rich families like his own – Trump’s latest plan to cut costs would shut off the heat for thousands of low-income families this winter.

One of Trump’s new plans is to get rid of the Low-Income House Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which helps provides aid to people who struggle to pay for heat when cold temperatures hit during the winter. Trump claims that the program is not a necessity, even though it helped provide heat for 6 million families last year.

Trump is just continuing to make changes that don’t affect him but that deeply hurt some of America’s most needy citizens.

The Associated Press reports:

The summer air is sizzling as the Fourth of July approaches, yet 86-year-old Richard Perkins already worries about how he’s going to stay warm this winter.

President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans, claiming it’s no longer necessary and rife with fraud. People needn’t worry about being left in the cold, he says, because utilities cannot cut off customers in the dead of winter.

But he is wrong on all counts.

The heating program provides a critical lifeline for people like Perkins, and officials close to the program don’t see any widespread fraud. Guidelines for winter shutoffs by utilities vary from state to state and don’t apply to heating oil, a key energy source in the brittle New England winter.

“It’s beyond my thinking that anyone could be that cruel,” said Perkins, a retired restaurateur who relies on the program to keep warm in Ogunquit, Maine.

The proposal to kill the program, which has distributed $3.4 billion to about 6 million households this fiscal year, will face strong opposition in Congress.

Trump’s suggestion has already faced plenty of backlash. Nearly 50 Senators have come together to urge that the program should continue to be funded.

Real Time Politics reports:

When he’s not destroying something Obama created or ranting on Twitter, Donald Trump sets his sights on the poor and needy. In his mind, they don’t need any government services to survive.

… Trump’s theory is that even if Americans can’t afford to pay utility companies if it gets too cold, the companies can not switch off their power. Like usual, he’s completely wrong.

… The program is titled “Low-Income House Energy Assistance Program.” Last year, six million households enrolled in the program. Forty-three Senators signed a letter pushing top Republicans and Democrats to continue funding the program.

Trump is heartless and he just keeps proving it over and over again.

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