Freedom to Fish Act one step closer to final passage


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson
Chris Pack - Press Secretary for Congressman Ed Whitfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Freedom to Fish Act successfully passed out of a US House committee Thursday, Congressman Ed Whitfield announced.  The legislation, which is part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, will now be considered by the entire House of Representatives.

"I am pleased that we are now another step closer to enacting a permanent solution to stopping the Corps' overreach," stated Whitfield.  "I will be urging Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to allow this bill to be considered before the full House of Representatives as soon as possible."

If it passes a full house vote, the bill will then go to a conference committee with the US Senate and members will work out the differences between two versions of the legislation.  If that happens and both houses pass a unified bill, it will go to President for his signature.

Whitfield ushered a two year moratorium on the installation of the Corps' barricades back in June.   Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander have been instrumental in moving the necessary language through the Senate.