2005 Scorecard Vote

Heating Assistance
Senate Roll Call Vote 270
Issue: Clean Energy

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.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 54  
Votes Against: 43  
Not Voting: 3  
Pro-environment vote
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Missed vote
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