Bush Puts Freeze on Aid for Utility Bills Bush Puts Freeze on Aid for Utility Bills

Energy: President delays releasing $300 million that would help low-income households avoid shut-offs.

By RICHARD SIMON, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — When President Bush visited California in May, he pledged to seek $150 million to help low-income households pay high energy bills, saying, “I hope Congress acts quickly.”

Congress in July authorized $300 million to help energy consumers nationwide, double the president’s request.

But today, none of the emergency aid has been allocated, although officials in California and other states say the money is still desperately needed to help families pay off high bills from last winter and avoid utility shut-offs.

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Is there any shred of honesty in this President?

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