U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are pressing to permanently lift restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River. Earlier this year McConnell and Paul, with help from congressional colleagues, passed a law that would temporarily block a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to erect barriers to prevent fishing in what anglers consider prime waters.
Now, they are urging the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to make a two-year moratorium imposed in June permanent by including it in the House Water and Resources and Development Act. The House is expected to take up the bill in September.