House Republicans Reject New England Fishermen Aid
The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out Northeast fishermen from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill.
The Republican-led House advanced its Superstorm Sandy relief bill Monday without voting on amendments that would have inserted between $116 million and $150 million in fishing industry funding.
Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney called the decision “callous and outrageous.”
Northeast fishermen became eligible for federal aid last year after a national fishery disaster was declared in the region, due to the slow recovery of fish stocks.
The Senate version of the bill, passed in the last Congress, included $150 million for fishermen in the Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska. The House bill didn’t include significant money.
The Senate still has a say after the House bill passes, but prospects are uncertain. (Associated Press)