Hmmm, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is lucky that her tough re-election battle came last year and not in 2010. Collins had pushed for $1 billion in stimulus money for LIHEAP, the government’s program to provide home heating money for low-income residents — and a major Maine priority, given the state’s chilly winters.
But LIHEAP looks zeroed out, according to the summary of the final stimulus deal that we’ve received (read here). Did Collins lose a battle over heating money, or just not pursue one?
Late Update: N.B. Until legislative language is formally filed on the bill today, there’s always the possibility that these numbers could change. What we’re bringing you are the freshest details.