The Secretary is authorized to make grants, in accordance with
the provisions of this subchapter, to States to assist low-income
households, particularly those with the lowest incomes, that pay a
high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in
meeting their immediate home energy needs.
(b) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the
provisions of this subchapter (other than section 8626a of this
title), $2,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1995 through 1999,
such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2000 and
2001, and $5,100,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2005 through
2007. The authorizations of appropriations contained in this
subsection are subject to the program year provisions of subsection
(c) of this section.
(c) Availability of appropriations
Amounts appropriated under this section for any fiscal year for
programs and activities under this subchapter shall be made
available for obligation in the succeeding fiscal year.
(d) Authorization of appropriations for leveraged resources
(1) There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out section
8626a of this title, $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1999
through 2004, except as provided in paragraph (2).
(2) For any of fiscal years 1999 through 2004 for which the
amount appropriated under subsection (b) of this section is not
less than $1,400,000,000, there is authorized to be appropriated
$50,000,000 to carry out section 8626a of this title.
(e) Emergency funds
There is authorized to be appropriated in each fiscal year for
payments under this subchapter, in addition to amounts appropriated
for distribution to all the States in accordance with section 8623
of this title (other than subsection (e) of such section),
$600,000,000 to meet the additional home energy assistance needs of
one or more States arising from a natural disaster or other
emergency. Funds appropriated pursuant to this subsection are
hereby designated to be emergency requirements pursuant to section
251(b)(2)(D) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control
Act of 1985 [2 U.S.C. 901(b)(2)(D)], except that such funds shall
be made available only after the submission to Congress of a formal
budget request by the President (for all or a part of the
appropriation pursuant to this subsection) that includes a
designation of the amount requested as an emergency requirement as
defined in such Act [2 U.S.C. 900 et seq.].