U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is continuing her campaign on Capitol Hill to secure federal disaster relief funds for communities across Alaska that were affected by last summer’s low salmon runs.
Murkowski is using the momentum she gained in forming a large and influential bipartisan Senate coalition of sixteen co-sponsors of an amendment that was adopted to the Senate FY2014 budget resolution.
Senators from Alaska to New England to the Gulf of Mexico joined Murkowski on a letter to the Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging them to allocate relief funds for Alaska Chinook, Mississippi Oysters and Blue Crabs, Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fisheries and Superstorm Sandy-impacted fisheries, saying the “severity of the situation” is rising as the delay continues
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “These disasters are not less important than disasters we provide for other industries, such as drought disaster, or drought assistance for our farmers, and I think that the Acting Secretary, when she signed these fisheries designations, she recognized them for essentially what they are: fish droughts.”