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Edwards offers immediate, future fixes for high heating oil costs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards unveils a plan today to help struggling families deal with the high cost of heating oil.

Edwards is urging Congress to double the budget of a program that helps people weatherize their homes to 500 million dollars.

He's also proposing to help states and nonprofit groups provide low or no-interest emergency loans to people struggling to pay their heating bills.

Other features of the Edwards plan: repeal tax breaks for the oil industry and release some of the nation's reserves of crude oil and home heating oil to boost supply and bring prices down.

And Edwards wants Congress to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Earlier this month, President Bush vetoed a Democratic health and education spending bill that included nearly two and a-half billion dollars in heating subsidies for the poor. That's a-half billion more than Bush wanted.

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