Three Bay State Congressmen Seek Emergency Aid For Fishermen
A trio of Massachusetts congressmen is pushing for tens of millions in emergency aid for Northeast fishermen.
The action by Democratic Reps. Bill Keating, Ed Markey and John Tierney came after the House of Representatives appeared poised to all but bypass the battered industry in a disaster relief bill. Each lawmaker filed amendments to the House’s Superstorm Sandy relief bill before a Friday afternoon deadline.
The amendments differ slightly, but they ask for between $111 million and $150 million in aid for fishermen in Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska.
Keating said Northeastern fishing communities badly need the funds, as a combination of natural causes and poorly conceived federal regulations have left fishermen facing devastating cuts in 2013.
Fishermen say the money could be the difference for some who are trying to stay in business. (Associated Press)