Whitfield praises Senate for passage of fishing access bill


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, of Kentucky, praised the U.S. Senate for working to pass a bill that temporarily delays a plan to place barriers along the Cumberland River.

The Army Corps of Engineers' plan would have restricted fishing access along the river in Kentucky and Tennessee. A bill to stop the Corps from implementing that plan passed the Senate on Thursday.

“I thank Senators (Mitch) McConnell, (Rand) Paul and (Lamar) Alexander for their work getting this legislation passed in the Senate," Whitfield said. "I will work to get the temporary delay bill passed in the House of Representatives next week. This is great news for boating and fishing enthusiasts in Kentucky.”

Whitfield added that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor assured him that the temporary delay bill will be brought to the House floor next week.