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Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Karen Shepherd said the U.S. House of Representative's decision to cut federal funding for the Low-income Housing Energy Assistance Program is an important example of Congress' failure to focus on strengthening America's families.

The program provided one-time payments for low-income families to assist with the high costs of heating their homes in the winter. The federal cut would leave 15,000 poor Utah families, including 11,000 with school-age children, without heat this winter."We cannot expect our children to succeed in school if they are freezing at home," Shepherd said. "It makes no sense to cut programs which strengthen families when we can achieve great savings just by cutting unnecessary programs and government waste."