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Mass. Rep says He’ll Ask for $150M in Fish Aid

Congressman John TierneyBOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts congressman says he’ll file an amendment to insert $150 million in emergency funds for fishermen in the House’s Superstorm Sandy relief bill.

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.