Angus King

Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor

The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.

The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it's rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away.

"These arguments are very misleading and wrong," said Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association in Washington, D.C.

The program, known as LIHEAP — Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program — helps families...