Rep. Dave Camp To Force Vote On Asian Carp 2-16-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Rep. Dave Camp To Force Vote On Asian Carp 2-16-2011

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released his plans for an amendment to a House spending bill that would close the Chicago area locks in an effort to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
The measure would amend H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, which funds the federal government through the end of September.
Camp’s amendment would prevent federal money from being used to open the locks. The amendment is scheduled to be offered late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois says she'll fight Camp's amendment. She says closing the locks would cause billions in economic losses to Chicago businesses with no guarantee of stopping the carp.
“Since last June, we have known that Asian carp are on the doorstep of Lake Michigan," said Camp. "It is long past time that the House of Representatives has an up-or-down vote on closing the locks to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem and the 800,000 jobs committed to the tourism and recreational fishing industries. Every day, the Great Lakes are put at greater risk. Inaction is unacceptable.”
“Asian carp poses a grave threat to both our $7 billion fishing industry and our $16 billion recreational boating industry," added Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.. Experts have said that closing the locks is the most effective short-term method for preventing this potential disaster. With so much at stake, the Chicago locks need to be closed immediately while we work on short- and long-term solutions to the problem.”
Camp and Stabenow first introduced legislation to close the locks in January 2010, after a federal court denied a petition for immediate closure filed by Michigan’s attorney general and supported by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania.
Camp and Stabenow have been working to close the locks while a long-term plan is developed to separate the Great Lakes from the Chicago Area Waterway System.
They also introduced joint legislation last June after the discovery of a live Bighead Asian carp in Lake Calumet, six miles from Lake Michigan, to require the Army Corps of Engineers to put together a separation plan within 18 months.
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