U.S. Senate continues fight for fishermen
In a bipartisan letter last week to House and Senate leadership, 38 members of Congress – including all four members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation –urged funding for fisheries relief in the final funding package for 2014.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce declared a federal fishery failure for the Northeast fishery.
Led by Sen. Jack Reed, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation to include $150 million to provide assistance to help fishermen cope with the effects of the disaster.
Last year, the Senate included this funding as part of the disaster appropriations bill but it was stripped out by the House. As a result, many fishermen who have been impacted by the disasters have been waiting for assistance for more than a year.