Recreational Fishing Alliance calls Senate bill ‘a farce’ – Trade Only Today

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Recreational Fishing Alliance calls Senate bill ‘a farce’ – Trade Only Todayby wpjljron.Recreational Fishing Alliance calls Senate bill ‘a farce’ – Trade Only TodayRecreational Fishing Alliance calls Senate bill ‘a farce’ Posted on 28 May 2013 ShareTweet The Recreational Fishing Alliance is lashing out about the Freedom to Fish bill championed by U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., saying Congress hijacked the bill the group fought to support during the last 10 years. […]

Recreational Fishing Alliance calls Senate bill ‘a farce’

The Recreational Fishing Alliance is lashing out about the Freedom to Fish bill championed by U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., saying Congress hijacked the bill the group fought to support during the last 10 years.


The Senate passed the Freedom to Fish Act (S. 421) earlier this month.

Paul’s website described it as “a bill that protects fishing access at the tailwaters of dams along the Cumberland River [and] prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with a plan to install physical barriers in several locations, including the Barkley and Wolf Creek dams.”

“Passage of the Freedom to Fish Act today is a welcome alternative to the Army Corps’ burdensome plan, which would hurt Kentucky residents and businesses,” Paul said on his website. “There is a deep and long love for fishing the tailwaters of the Cumberland River, and I am glad we have taken action to help protect fishing access and Kentucky’s economy.”

But the RFA calls the bill “a farce,” saying the legislation, which reached President Obama’s desk last week, does little more than provide a two-year moratorium on the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to erect barriers specifically along the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee.

“A total of 11 sponsors of a House and Senate bill, with all members from either Tennessee or Kentucky, yet this legislation just sails through with a smile and a wave,” RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said in an email. “Bring 5,000 coastal fishermen to Washington, D.C., in organized protest of our federal fisheries law and garner support of upwards of 50 federal legislators and Congress does nothing, it’s maddening.”

Donofrio said the new legislation might offer some freedom to fish for dam anglers on the Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee, but he added that “had any of the original Freedom to Fish sponsors in D.C. actually read this bill they would’ve realized that their coastal anglers were essentially being pawned off by unanimous consent.”

RFA said the original bill would have provided far broader federal protection for anglers against arbitrary closed area regulations on every coast.

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I guess the only ones who pander and try to get re-elected are Republicans! It is scary that believing in a smaller government with lower taxes that follows the Constitution all of our leaders have sworn to uphold now makes you a “wacko” in some peoples opinion. No wonder the country is such a mess!

I’d like to see what the original bill was supposed to entail. Could it have been too far reaching for some members, thus making it difficult for them to pass? Remember, every one of our so called leaders has their own group to pander too and some groups may not feel that what we wanted was in their best interest. Smaller bills that effect smaller groups are easier to pass than large complex bills that effect many people. Maybe we need to go after what we want in smaller bites, flying under the radar.






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