2005 Voto de la Tarjeta de Evaluaciones
Over the coming winter, residential customers are expected to pay 43.4 percent more for natural gas than they did the previous winter. This will be a particular blow for low-income families as they struggle to balance their energy needs with food, shelter, and other basic concerns.
During consideration of the Senate budget resolution, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) offered Senate Amendment 2194 to raise funding for the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $2.92 billion. This increase would not only help mitigate this tremendous economic blow, but would also assist families in retrofitting and weatherizing their homes.
Opponents of the bill raised a point of order against it, arguing that it wasn't germane to the budget resolution. On October 26, 2005, the Senate voted 54-43 to waive the point of order (Senate roll call vote 270). YES is the pro-environment vote. However, that fell short of the two-thirds vote needed to move the amendment forward.