Fish funds hooked to Iraq
- Millions for salmon, timber relief depend on withdrawal bill
A $60 million wave of federal funds to aid salmon fishermen, tribes and businesses hit by last years commercial fishery collapse along much of the California and Oregon coasts depends on a bill setting a time limit for the war in Iraq.
The connection could sink the $60.4 million in disaster compensation, as well as $425 million for counties that once relied on timber dollars, because President Bush has vowed to veto the bill.
We dont want to get caught up in political issues, but we are, said Glen Spain, northwest regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermens Associations.
In forming a bill to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the new Democratic-led Congress attached a goal of August 2008 or sooner for the removal of combat troops from Iraq, The Associated Press reported.
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