January 3, 2013
Please contact your local Congressional Representative regarding the Sandy Relief Bill. This bill passed the Senate with $40 million dollars for fishery disaster in Alaska. Don’t let the House remove that portion. Contact your local Congressional Representative.
The (Senate and House) Sandy Relief Bill dies on January 3rd, 2012. The new congress will be the 113th and the House will develop a new bill that will include a vote on Friday that will look at a 9 billion dollar portion of the failed Sandy Relief Bill. This will be voted on Friday, the 4th, 2013. This could conceivably take out the 9 billion from the first 27 billion that was introduced by House appropriations committee Chair Harold Rogers (R – Kentucky). This will bolster the FEMA flood insurance.
On January 15th, another vote is scheduled that will take up the first part of the remainder of the original 27 billion (19 billion). Another part of the original Senate Sandy Relief bill (the called the “second ” part) will also be voted on. This will be approximately 33 billion that will bring the total relief package to the 60 billion of the original bill.
The House is the usual body that initiates a spending bill and then the Senate has a chance to accept it after it has passed the House. If the Senate chooses to take a different position then the Bill will go into some kind of conference committee.
The Alaska Fisheries Disaster money is reported to be 4o million and is part of a larger NMFS fishery disaster appropriation of 150 million. The House did not include and in fact excluded the commercial fisheries disaster money and other appropriations to the tune of 400 million. Some conservatives consider the Alaska request to be “earmarks” or “pork”.
Our Alaska Senators have pushed hard for the relief money and our lone congressman, Don Young has not been heard as of yet. Many of our hope for this Bill to make it through the process requires our congressman to improve our voice in the House. Our Alaska delegation works together very well and many negotiations are not visible to the public. Our delegation has been very vocal in defending our lifestyles. Please tell them that we appreciate their empathy and their support!
Each and every CI setnet fishermen needs to contact their Federal delegates and explain to them that commercial fishing disasters are not pork and that we are devastated financially and spiritually. We were caught unaware and we need this minimal, in comparison to others request, to try to heal before the next summer fishing season. Of the total of commercial salmon limited entry permit holders in Alaska, the majority of the setnet permit holders in the state have been directly affected by this disaster. We have minimal alternatives for employment and we still need to feed our families.
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State link to Alaska delegation:
Senator: Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
709 Hart Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6665
Fax: (202) 224-5301
Senator: Mark Begich
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3004
FAX: (202) 224-2354
Toll-free line: (877) 501-6275
Representative: Don Young
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5765
Fax: (202) 225-0425
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