The President claims that the program is rife with fraud and no longer necessary, accusations that experts say are untrue.
Richard Perkins, an 86-year-old retiree told the Associate Press, “It’s beyond my thinking that anyone could be that cruel. I was born and raised here. Maine is part of me. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”
“Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price, who contends the LIHEAP program doesn’t demonstrate “strong performance outcomes,” said difficult decisions are necessary to streamline the government to focus on the administration’s goals of defense and public safety.”
Maine Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have come out against this proposal.
Senator King said that he and Senator Collins will fight the proposed elimination so that people will not be “forced to make the impossible choice between heat and food, medications, or other necessities.”