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.
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