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Senate Passes Warren’s Fishery Assistance Plan

A New Bedford fishing crew member cleans the dredges after an eight-day voyage. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A New Bedford fishing crew member cleans the dredges after an eight-day voyage. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The U.S. Senate has passed the first amendment proposed by Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to provide disaster relief funds for the Northeast fishing industry.

The bipartisan amendment passed Saturday was also proposed by Alaska’s Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. It sets aside funds in the 2014 budget to aid fishermen across the region.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce last year issued disaster declarations for several fisheries, including the Northeast groundfish fishery, which is facing reductions in catch allocations for key fish stocks like cod.

The Senate approved $150 million for fisheries assistance in December. The House didn’t take up the measure.

The bill’s co-sponsors include Massachusetts Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Angus King.

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  • Thinkfreeer

    Although this may be the first amendment filed by Warren, one of the first things she did was to co-sponsor Feinstein’s “assault weapons” (scary looking guns) ban. She’s a full supporter of taking away what you have and giving away to special interests. Thus the amendment to give our money to struggling masses. She’s going to be there for 6 years, folks, so get used to it.

    Yesterday’s vote-a-rama, or whatever dumb name they gave it, was largely symbolic and will be interpreted as currying favor for some amendments, and making certain senators vote against key issues.

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