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Alexander, 9 others, urge Corps to end restrictions

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, sent a letter with a group of nine senators and congressmen to a top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official, urging her to "take immediate action to delay" Corps plans to restrict fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to oppose the restrictions.

"On March 23, the United States Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the budget resolution signaling Congress' strong opposition to the Corps' proposed fishing restrictions on the Cumberland River," the letter states. "The passage of this amendment sends a clear message to the Corps, and we believe the Corps should stop wasting $2.6 million in taxpayer money to enforce these unnecessary and unreasonable fishing restrictions."

The letter was to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy. In addition to Alexander, it was sent to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky; Senators Rand Paul, R-KY, and Bob Corker, R-TN; and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-KY, Hal Rogers, R-KY, Marsha Blackburn, R-TN. Diane Black, R-TN; Stephen Fincher, R-TN; and Andy Barr, R-KY, signed onto the letter.

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