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LITTLE ROCK — Advocates from Entergy Arkansas are visiting with congressional leaders to urge increasing funding for an energy assistance program for the poor.

Advocates planned to visit Washington on Wednesday to push for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides assistance for needs such as energy bills.

Entergy says cuts in funding for the federal program from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion have limited the level of assistance available for more than 340,000 qualifying households in Arkansas.

Entergy says its representatives and community partners are making a case for funding of least $4.7 billion for the assistance program for 2015.

The company says the funds could result in $479 million in assistance for families in its four-state service area.

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  • Dontcallmenames
    March 26, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

    Yes, please let's spend more money that the government doesn't have. Why can't private citizens just contribute to the fund voluntarily rather than government taking the money from us by force?

  • dman
    March 26, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.

    DCMNames, you can designate on your Entergy bill to contribute $2 a month for this fund for Entergy to use for this purpose. You will not notice this insignificant amount on your bill. I believe Entergy does a better job than the U S Government would in determining who needs assistance with energy bills.