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Media Advisory: As Weather Gets Cold, Sen. Franken, Commisioner Rothman to Meet with Low-income Minnesotans Seeking Help Keeping Homes Heated this Winter

Veterans-Day-Weekend Discussion Will Include Veteran, Seniors at Vadnais Heights Home

November 08, 2013

For Immediate Release:

MINNESOTA [11/9/13]—On Saturday, November 9, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will sit down at a Vadnais Heights home with Minnesotans who need help keeping their homes heated this winter.   The group will discuss how the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been, and continues to be, a critical lifeline for people across Minnesota during the cold winter months.

At noon, Sen. Franken and Commissioner Rothman will hear from a Minnesota veteran, and two seniors who, without LIHEAP assistance, would have a hard time paying their winter heating bills.  The LIHEAP program is federally funded and administered by the State.  Last year, over 147,000 Minnesota households relied on the program to stay warm in the winter.  

Both Sen. Franken and Commissioner Rothman have long pushed for adequate funding to ensure that all families needing assistance can get help.  Current tight budgets combined with the economic downturn in recent years has made LIHEAP funding much more important in Minnesota across the country.

Press are welcome at the discussion.  At approximately 12:40 p.m., there will be a short media availability.

WHO:    U.S. Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman
WHAT:  Meet with Minnesotans who rely on heating assistance to stay warm in winter
WHEN:  Saturday, November 9 at noon; Media Availability at approximately 12:40 p.m.
WHERE: Home of Betty Capeder, 599 Berwood Ave. W., Vadnais Heights MN    


Sen. Franken: Marc Kimball, 612-437-3270

Commissioner Rothman: Anne O'Connor, 612-889-9807