Written by Jen Finn
Two newly released U.S. House Rules Committee amendments combine to
roughly match the Senate appropriation totaling $60 billion for Superstorm
Sandy relief, but virtually eliminate the $150 million for fisheries
disaster aid aimed at providing relief to the Northeast groundfishery,
including fishermen working out of Gloucester.
One amendment for $17 billion, filed by Rep. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky
Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, contains no
money for the fisheries disasters of Massachusetts, four other New England
states and New York, as well as Mississippi¹s oyster fishery and Alaska¹s
Chinook salmon fishery.
The other amendment, calling for $33.677 billion and filed by Rep. Rodney
Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, contains just $5 million for the
economic fisheries disaster declared by acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank last September.
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