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No Family Should Have Trouble Paying Bills

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No Family Should Have Trouble Paying Bills

A little over 9 months ago, the GOP handed a massive tax cut to the wealthiest 1%.

And while Wall Street, CEOs, and banks are reaping the profits of that tax cut, nearly a third of U.S. households have struggled to pay their energy bills.

Every day in the Senate, Sherrod fights for a more equal country—not one where the wealthiest Americans rake in billions while families can’t afford bills. If you agree that tackling inequality should be a top priority, show your support for Sherrod:

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NPR: 31% Of U.S. Households Have Trouble Paying Energy Bills

Sasha Ingber – September 19, 2018

Key points:

  • Nearly a third of households in the United States have struggled to pay their energy bills, the Energy Information Administration said in a report released Wednesday.
  • About one in five households had to reduce or forego food, medicine and other necessities to pay an energy bill, according to the report.
  • More than 10 percent of households kept their homes at unhealthy or unsafe temperatures.
  • The study found that about half of households experiencing trouble reported income of less than $20,000. More than 40% had at least one child.
  • And people of color were disproportionately affected: about half of respondents who reported challenges paying their energy bills identified as black. More than 40% identified as Latino.
  • Low-income heat assistance programs, experts say, only go so far. Citing lack of need and fraud, the Trump administration called for an end to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program last fall and winter.

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