Senate Approves Sanders Weatherization Amendment

WASHINGTON, March 29 - The Senate today adopted an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders restoring $25 million for a program that helps working people cope with high energy bills.

The Bush administration wanted to cut funds from the weatherization program. In Vermont alone, the Bush budget would have cut $208,000 from support for state and local efforts to help families insulate their hom

WASHINGTON, March 29 - The Senate today adopted an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders restoring $25 million for a program that helps working people cope with high energy bills. The Bush administration wanted to cut funds from the weatherization program. In Vermont alone, the Bush budget would have cut $208,000 from support for state and local efforts to help families insulate their homes to reduce heating and air conditioning bills. "When people have a limited amount of money it is absurd to let their scarce resources literally go out the window because they cannot afford to insulate their homes," Sanders told colleagues before they agreed by voice vote to his amendment bringing the allotment this year for the program to $230 million. The program also helps combat global warming by and by making our country more energy efficient and by decreasing the need for energy, Sanders told colleagues. The Sanders Amendment was tacked onto an emergency spending measure that also contains funding for dairy farmers, veterans and victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Milk Income Loss Contract Program, which helps dairy farmers when milk prices fall below a set amount, is set to expire at the end of August.