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WAP Manager Testifies in Senate Rural Energy Hearing

April 19, 2018- Washington D.C.– Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing entitled “Hearing to Examine Rural Energy Challenges and Opportunities”. Andrew Lyons, the Weatherization and Energy Assistance Program Manager at HopeSource, testified before the committee. HopeSource implements the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), the Department of Health and … Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Congress Passes Omnibus

Last week, Congress passed an FY 2018 Omnibus appropriations package. The measure passed the Senate by a margin of 65-32 and the House by a margin of 256-167. President Trump signed the legislation on Friday. The Omnibus protects CSBG funding from cuts, holding it at level funding. The package also increases both WAP and LIHEAP … Continue reading

Response to Budget Justification: CSBG

Last week the Trump Administration released its full budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Regrettably, this proposal cuts funding at the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) by 16.2 percent. As part of these reductions, the Administration is seeking to eliminate the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). In its “Major Savings and Reforms” document and in … Continue reading

Response to Budget Justification: WAP

Last week the Trump Administration released its full budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Regrettably, this proposal sharply cuts funding by 18 percent at the Department of Energy (DOE) and calls for the elimination of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In its “Major Savings and Reforms ” document and the DOE budget justification, the Administration provides … Continue reading

Weatherization Advocates Testify in Congressional Hearing

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Eric Behna (ebehna@nascsp.org, 202-624-5996)   May 3, 2017- Washington D.C. – Several advocates testified before the House Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee today in support of fiscal year 2018 funding for various federal energy efficiency programs. In March, the Trump Administration released its budget blueprint which slashed funding to the … Continue reading

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