U.S. Rep. John Boehner R-West Chester), the speaker of the House, celebrated the chamber’s passage of home energy assistance legislation March 4. “Propane shortages in Ohio and across the nation are driving energy bills through the roof and leaving families concerned they won’t be able to heat their homes as freezing temperatures continue,” he said. “Chairman Shuster’s bill mirrors actions taken by Gov. (John) Kasich to help expedite the delivery of propane and home heating oil to areas where it is most desperately needed. The bill is backed by both parties, and Senate Democrats should waste no time in sending it to the president’s desk.”
Sen. Brown, meanwhile, on March 5 sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration urging it to use its full resources to backstop short-term loans to small businesses impacted by the national propane shortage.
“Although the price of propane has come down a bit, Ohio’s propane suppliers are still feeling the effects of a winter where supply prices increased more than 19%,” he said. “It’s crucial that small businesses in Ohio receive the short-term help they need to keep their doors open and continue to supply families and small businesses with the resources they need to stay warm through the remainder of this rough winter.”