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Fishery Assistance Plan Passes

Boston (ap) — The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment that would allow money in next year’s federal budget to be used to aid fishermen in the Northeast and elsewhere.

The bipartisan amendment, introduced by Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, was included in the Senate budget proposal that passed early yesterday.

It’s uncertain whether the provision will survive budget negotiations. The House has passed a rival budget proposal and President Obama has yet to introduce his plan.

Warren’s amendment came after a federal disaster was declared last year in several fisheries, including in the Northeast, where fisherman face massive cuts in 2013 groundfish catch allocations.