New Bedford fishing fleet. Photo by Tom Croke

Saving Seafoood reports that Massachusetts Congressmen Bill Keating and John Tierney are introducing to the House Rules Committee 2 amendments with similar goals: to increase relief funding for fisheries impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Keating will introduce an amendment seeking to increase relief funding to $116 million. The amendment will do so by redirecting $111 million included within Sandy relief legislation originally reserved for weather satellite funding.

According to a Dear Colleague letter released by Congressman Keating, the proposed $116 million in relief funds would benefit all states and territories affected by Hurricane Sand— New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, Alaska, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and American Samoa.

Congressman John Tierney will also introduce a similar amendment to the Rules Committee tomorrow. Representative Tierney’s amendment will propose that fisheries relief funds be increased from the $5 million allocation already approved by the House to $150 million. In a press release sent yesterday, the Congressman explains, “My amendment takes responsible steps to increase the funds for fisheries disaster relief from $5 million to $150 million—the amount approved by the Senate on a bipartisan basis. The $5 million suggested by House Republicans is insufficient, and we can and should do better.”

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