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House Republicans Reject New England Fishermen Aid

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    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)

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