Congressman John Tierney released the following statement in response to the House Rules Committee intention to bring two pieces of disaster-related legislation to the floor next week -- one that includes no money for fisheries disasters and one that includes $5 million. That would be drastically less than the $150 million that was included in the disaster relief package passed by the Senate at the end of the 112th Congress.
"After failing to pass the Senate package last week, House Republican leadership is now further complicating the process by offering its own legislation that does not go far enough to help the families and businesses affected by the fishery disasters declared in Massachusetts and other states. It is an extremely frustrating and disappointing development when our fishing community has already waited so long to receive this necessary support. Although it will be an uphill battle, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the days ahead to improve and potentially amend this legislation so our fishermen get the assistance they need," said Congressman John Tierney, who advocated for the inclusion of fisheries disaster assistance funding in any Hurricane Sandy relief legislation.