McConnell to Speak at 'Freedom to Fish' Rally
By Bill Hughes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The rally in opposition to permanent restrictions at Barkley Dam has added another speaker - Senator Mitch McConnell.
Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White says McConnell's office confirmed that he will attend the 'Freedom to Fish' rally on April 13 at Barkley Dam Pavilion. The Senate Minority Leader joins Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Ed Whitfield, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Livingston County Judge Executive Chris Lasher, and Judge White.
The rally is to show support for the Freedom to Fish Act, legislation filed in both chambers of Congress that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get input from elected officials and the public before constructing permanent barriers at dams on the Cumberland River. Those barriers would restrict access to fishermen and recreational boaters, and the Corps says that would increase safety in the tailwaters of the dams.
Opponents say the Corps' data on accidents and deaths at the dams are not accurate, and any planned changes must be publicly discussed.
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