Fiscal cliff to affect heating aid


Uploaded by WTNH on 11.12.2012

Transcript:
WITH THE DEADLING LOOMING
FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO COME UP
WITH A DEAL TO PREVENT THE SO
CALLED FISCAL CLIFF..
THERE ARE NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT
NEWS 8'S CHIEF POLITICAL
CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS
US LIVE WITH THE BREAKDOWN.
GOOD EVENING. NO ONE KNOWS
IF THIS WINTER WILL BE MILD OR
VERY COLD...BUT IF THE NATION
PLUNGES DOWN THE FISCAL
CLIFF...IT COULD TAKE
THOUSANDS OF CONNECTICUT
RESIDENTS DOWN INTO THE COLD.

[SWANSON] "WITHOUT GETTING
LITERALLY TAKE FREEZING COLD
SHOWERS, THERE'S NO HEAT,
NOTHING..YOU KNOW..WE WOULD
CONGRESSMAN...SOON
TO BE U.S. SENATOR CHRIS
MURPHY LISTENED INTENTLY TODAY
TO THE STORIES OF HARDSHIP....
LIKE FROM THIS MAN, WHO'SE
UNEMPLOYEMENT CHECKS HAVE RUN
OUT...HE HAS NOTHING COMING IN.
[SWANSON] "A FORMER EXECUTIVE
WITH 'THE HARTFORD' AND WAS
LET GO A LITTLE OVER A YEAR
AND A HALF AGO."(NATS
(SPANISH) THROUGH GLASS UP
FULL AND UNDER)
APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER
HEATING ASSISTANCE ARE UP
THIRTEEN PERCENT ACROSS THE
STATE. HERE AT THE HUMAN
RESOURCE AGENCY OF NEW
BRITAIN...APPOINTMENTS FOR
APPLICATIONS ARE BOOKED SOLID
THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY.
THE SENATOR-ELECT SAYS
THE FISCAL CLIFF WOULD CUT
HEATING ASSISTANCE FUNDING BY
7 PERCENT...WHICH IS ABOUT
FIVE-AND-A HALF MILLION
DOLLARS....LEAVING CONNECTICUT
WITH A POTENTIAL 20 PERCENT
HELP.[KIRK] "I'M UNEMPLOYED,
NOT ABLE TO GO TO WORK, I HAVE
FIVE KIDS IN THE HOME...IT'S
ROUGH."[ARROYO] "I'VE GOT TO
KEEP MY APARTMENT COLD AT ALL
TIMES...I HAVE A KID THAT'S
SICK." MURPHY SAYS
HE'S BRINGING THESE STORIES
BACK TO WASHINGTON WHERE SOME
WHO ARE IN ON THE FISCAL CLIFF
NEGOTIATIONS THINK OF
CONNECTICUT AS A WEALTHY STATE
THAT CAN AFFORD THE CUTS.
[MURPHY] "THERE'S A LITTLE BOY
WITH PNEUMONIA THAT'S GETTING
SICKER BECAUSE HIS MOM CAN'T
AFFORD TO KEEP ON THE
HEAT..THAT'S THE REALITY OF
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN
CONNECTICUT."
THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS
BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT ALL THE
UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE
'FISCAL CLIFF'....BUT IF
YOU'VE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR A
YEAR AND A HALF AND YOUR
CHECKS HAVE RUN OUT...THESE
NEGOTIATIONS IN WASHINGTON
PROVIDE A VERY DIFFERENT KIND
OF UNCERTAINTY. LIVE,