The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House approved $96 million in low income heating assistance for Connecticut Tuesday ending the battle between legislative Democrats and Gov. M. Jodi Rell about how to fund what was expected to be a shortfall.

“Home heating assistance is a matter of life and death for thousands of Connecticut families, and to deny them a little help this winter would have been irresponsible,” U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy said Tuesday after the House re-passed the Senate’s continuing resolution.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is currently serving approximately 38,000 Connecticut households.  Without Congressional action, Connecticut would be in jeopardy of running out of funds before the end of winter, perhaps as soon as the end of the month.

The House had previously passed the continuing resolution, but the Senate passed a different version and the House had until midnight Tuesday to re-pass the Senate version.

Click here and here to read our previous stories on the funding.