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Fishing Restrictions Prevention

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ALEXANDER. Mr. President, on March 27, Governor Bill Haslam signed a resolution passed by the Tennessee General Assembly supporting efforts in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting public access to fishing areas below dams on the Cumberland River in Tennessee.

The resolution, sponsored by State Senator Jim Tracy, recognizes the traditions that Tennessee anglers have enjoyed for generations, and the dire economic impact that the Corps' proposed restrictions would have on the State of Tennessee. I, along with the members of the Tennessee General Assembly, will continue to urge the Corps to consider alternatives that do not unilaterally prohibit access to some of the highest quality fishing areas in Tennessee and address the concerns of Tennesseans.

I ask that Senate Joint Resolution 114, as passed by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed by Governor Bill Haslam, be printed in the Record.


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