This is one of those stories that makes you want to bang your head against the wall. Federal regulations are decimating the fishing industry. Rather than pass some legislation easing up on the regulations and making it easier for fishermen to make a living, Democrats just want to bail out the industry with federal tax dollars.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is applauding the U.S. Commerce Department’s decision to declare a national fishery disaster in New England. The move opens the door for tens of millions of dollars in relief funds for fishermen.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry said he’s secured a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to include $100 million for fishermen and fishing communities in emergency assistance legislation. He said the job after Thursday’s declaration is to fight for the money in a potentially reluctant Congress.