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Letter to The Honorable John Boehner and The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

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Location: New Haven, CT

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and the state House Congressional delegation called upon the leadership of the House of Representatives today to provide assistance to the shellfish farmers impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

Many shellfish beds along the east coast of the United States were forced to close due to the storm, and the resulting economic loss for shellfish farmers has been devastating. Because shellfish farming is not included in the disaster relief aid available to most farmers, the letter calls for the disaster relief funding currently being considered by Congress to include shellfish farmers.

"In this difficult economy, it is imperative that we ensure adequate federal disaster funds to support those adversely affected by natural disasters. This must include shellfish producers suffering short and long-term damage due to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene. Disaster funds for shellfish producers affected by Irene are critical to ensuring that these producers are able to survive another production year. We urge you to include such funds in the disaster aid package," the letter states.

The text of the letter is below.

September 16, 2011

The Honorable John Boehner The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

The Speaker Democratic Leader

H-232, The Capitol H-204, US Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi:

We urge you to include funding for the National Marine Fisheries Service's fishery disaster programs at the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the disaster aid included in the continuing resolution. Specifically, funding should be included for the shellfish producers adversely affected by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene.

Numerous shellfish beds along the East Coast were closed to harvesting for weeks and many others are still closed because of Tropical Storm Irene. When a shellfish production area is closed, producers have no income from the bed because they are unable to harvest the shellfish. In our home state of Connecticut, the shellfish industry adds approximately $30 million to the economy every year and supports more than 300 jobs.

In this difficult economy, it is imperative that we ensure adequate federal disaster funds to support those adversely affected by natural disasters. This must include shellfish producers suffering short and long-term damage due to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene. Disaster funds for shellfish producers affected by Irene are critical to ensuring that these producers are able to survive another production year. We urge you to include such funds in the disaster aid package.

Sincerely,

ROSA DELAURO
JOE COURTNEY
JAMES HIMES
JOHN LARSON
CHRISTOPHER MURPHY


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