Senators urge continued NIOSH funding

Six Democratic senators have signed a letter urging their colleagues to maintain funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's commercial fishery research program.

The program's research and outreach efforts have been a lifesaver in the notoriously dangerous commercial fishing industry, the senators argue.

"We recognize that this is a difficult fiscal climate, but the safety of our commercial fishermen must remain a priority," the letter says.