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Mass. Rep Warns Fishermen Aid Bill Coming up Short
01/09/2013 8:50 AM ET  

A Massachusetts Congressman is warning that legislation being considered in the House of Representatives to give emergency aid to fishermen would come up woefully short for the local industry.

BOSTON (AP) _ A national fishery disaster declaration in the Northeast last year opened the door for emergency aid, as fishermen face massive 2013 catch reductions. In the last Congress, the Senate passed a $60 billion Superstore Sandy relief bill that included $150 million for fishermen in the Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska.

But Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) said the House Rules Committee said it will forward two disaster-related pieces of legislation, one with no aid for fishermen, the other with $5 million.

Tierney called the development "extremely frustrating" and said he'd work to get fishing communities needed assistance.

Whatever passes the House, the Senate still has input on any disaster aid bill.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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