Rep. John Tierney’s announcement Wednesday comes after the House Rules Committee said it was forwarding legislation that provided $5 million, at most, for fishermen. The figure is a precipitous drop from the $150 million for Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaskan fishermen that the Senate included in its $60 billion Sandy relief bill in the last Congress.
Tierney has complained the House amount is woefully inadequate for a Northeast fishing community facing huge cuts in catch.
Tierney said in the coming days he’ll work to convince the rules committee to allow a vote on his amendment.
Whatever passes the House, the Senate still has input on any disaster aid bill.