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McInnis calls on Trump to provide disaster relief

Commercial fishermen from St. Bernard Parish aren’t mortgaging their homes and signing up for food stamps yet, but the St. Bernard Parish Government is calling out the names of federal officials who must act to prevent that from happening.

Parish President Guy McInnis targeted President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and congress in no uncertain terms during a July 2 press conference on the steps of the historic St. Bernard Courthouse.

“Today congress and the president must declare a federal fisheries emergency once again. I am calling on congress and President Donald Trump to act swiftly,” McInnis told the gathered media. “There is no good reason why U.S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross shouldn’t submit and approve a declaration that would result in federal aid to affected gulf seafood harvesters.”

To wit, McInnis referenced the $19 billion disaster relief bill signed by Trump in June to assist areas across the country where crops were drowned by floods and homes destroyed by wildfires and hurricanes.

“We need a companion bill to help gulf seafood harvesters survive the draining of the Mississippi River into our fisheries,” said McInnis.



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