Bernie Sanders brought the fire because Republicans want to take poor people’s heating away.
“According to Americans for Tax Fairness, the Koch Brothers, the third wealthiest family in America, worth $94 billion, and a family dedicated, with a few of their billionaire friends, to put hundreds of billions of dollars in to the coming election, will receive a tax break of up to $1.4 billion a year from the Trump tax plan.” Sanders stated. “Meanwhile the budget eliminates funding, as I indicated earlier, for the [Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program] that keeps almost 7 million families warm in the winter time. And the vast majority of these families have children, of they are senior citizens, or they are people with disabilities.”
The White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney responded, stating, “Here’s the morality of the LIHEAP proposal, Senator. 11,000 dead people got that benefit the last time, the GAO looked at it. That’s not moral to take your money, to take my money, to take the money from the people that you — ”
To which Sanders interjected “11,000 people got it who shouldn’t have, correct that. But 7 million people get the program. To say 11,000 out of 7 million — deal with that.”
The new proposed budget has caught recent flack for minimizing spending at the expense of resources that help keep low income households stable, as well as student loan forgiveness programs.”