Some low income families in the Northeast who depend on home heating aid to survive the winter cold are struggling to keep oil in their tanks.
That’s the warning from heating aid advocates who are calling on President Bush to release 586-million-dollars in federal emergency contingency funds.
Congress recently approved roughly $2.6 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Bush signed the measure the day after Christmas.
The bill provides about $409 million more than last winter, but fuel aid advocates say more is needed.
The Northeast has struggled with heating oil prices of more than $3 per gallon.