BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives has shut Northeast fishermen out of virtually any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill.
The Republican-led House began debate on its Superstorm Sandy relief bill Tuesday without voting on amendments that would have inserted between $116 million and $150 million in fishing industry funding.
Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney called the decision "callous and outrageous."
Northeast fishermen became eligible for federal aid last year after a national fishery disaster was declared in the region, due to the slow recovery of fish stocks.
The Senate version of the bill, passed in the last Congress, included $150 million for fishermen in the Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska. The House bill didn't include significant money.
The Senate still has a say after the House bill passes, but prospects for fishing funds are uncertain.
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