Delegation Supports Aid for Fisheries Disasters

Alaska's congressional delegation is seeking $150 million in federal aid for fisheries disasters.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Alaska's congressional delegation is seeking $150 million in federal aid for fisheries disasters.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young are among the 38 members of Congress who've signed a letter asking legislative leaders to include the money in any final funding package for fiscal year 2014.
The signatories are from areas where federal fisheries disasters have been declared since 2012. The letter includes specific mention to the 2012 disaster declared for Alaska Chinook salmon fisheries in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers and Cook Inlet.
The Senate Appropriations Committee included $150 million in a spending proposal but it was never passed.
Murkowski's office says she's been working to establish bipartisan backing for the effort and more than doubled the support she had earlier this year.