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CBS Connecticut

By JAY LINDSAY,  Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out New England fishermen from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill.

The House began debate on a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy relief bill Tuesday, and the only money included for fishermen was a possible $5 million for fishermen in New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Three Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts had each proposed amendments that would have meant between $116 million and $150 million in assistance for the fishing industry in the Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska.

But on Monday, the Republican-led House Rules Committee didn’t allow votes on the amendments, meaning they had no chance to be included in the bill.

Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney, who proposed an amendment, along with Reps. Ed Markey and Bill Keating, called the committee’s refusal to allow the votes “callous and outrageous.”

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