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Freedom to Fish Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FINCHER. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for yielding.

I have had the privilege of fishing actually on the Cumberland River at Barkley Dam. My grandfather took me many times to fish there. And how this would work, and why it's such a good fishing spot is, when they would release the water from the top of the dam and when it would come under and come in the back of the dam, the waters would roll up, and the big fish that we talk about would roll up off the bottom, and that's why the fishing is so good.

And it's like we don't have enough things to do in Washington that we're dealing with this issue today. I want to thank Mr. Whitfield for bringing this up, but commonsense solutions to problems are what we should be talking about. And the Corps, in many respects, they do good work, but bringing this up, stopping the fishing from occurring at the dams and on the rivers, the Cumberland River in specific, is ridiculous.

We need to get down to the business of America--let's let people fish where they've always fished, like my grandfather took me to Barkley Dam over and over and over, time and time again--and get to the real issues.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation today, and let's give the power back to the people--commonsense solutions for real problems.


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