Mass. senators propose disaster aid for fishing industry

Elizabeth Warren’s first amendment as a member of the US Senate would provide disaster relief funds to the fishing industry in the Northeast as long as the deficit is not increased as a result of the aid. Warren said Friday that she cosponsored the amendment with Senator William “Mo” Cowan of Massachusetts and other Democratic colleagues from New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. Warren said the assistance would help fishermen struggling after last year’s declaration of a commercial fisheries failure by the federal government. Warren pointed out that the US House did not take action on a Hurricane Sandy Relief Act with $150 million in fisheries assistance that passed the Senate last December.