Edwards Offers Heating Oil Plan

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Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has outlined a plan to provide help for families struggling with high heating oil bills.

The former North Carolina senator yesterday called on Congress to release some of the nation's home heating oil and crude oil reserves to bring prices down. Edwards also urged Congress to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

President Bush vetoed a Democratic health and education spending
bill earlier this month that included 2.4 billion dollars for heating subsidies for the poor. It was 480 million dollars more than Bush wanted.

Edwards says some people have to choose between paying their rent, paying for food or paying to keep their homes warm. He also wants more money to help people weatherize their homes.

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