Obama to Propose Cuts in Heating Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - A person familiar with President Barack Obama's budget proposal says he wants to cut $2.5 billion from a
program that provides home heating assistance to the poor, which
would reduce it by half.

Under the proposal, the program known as LIHEAP (LIE'-heep) would drop from $5.1 billion to about $2.5 billion - the 2008 level.

The individual discussed the budget proposal on condition of anonymity because Obama's 2012 spending proposal has not been
formally released. The White House plans to send the budget proposal to Congress on Monday.

The individual said energy prices have dropped since spring 2008, when Congress boosted the heating assistance funding to $5.1 billion.

The spending proposal was first reported Wednesday by National

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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