The Chatter: Freedom to Fish Act signed into law plus Paul takes shot at fellow Republican

06/03/2013 03:33 PM

Kentucky’s U.S. Senators reeled in the last step to their legislative victory with the signature of the President on a piece of legislation which protects fishing access at the tailwaters of dams along the Cumberland River.

The Freedom to Fish Act halts the Army Core of Engineers from barricading dams along the Cumberland River in Western Kentucky.

The Senate and House passed the legislation in May and it was signed today by President Obama. In a statement, McConnell thanked President Obama for signing the legislation into law.

“No one I know in Kentucky supported this plan—not fishermen and boaters, not local elected officials, and not the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife. I saw that firsthand when I attended the Freedom to Fish Rally with local leaders at Barkley Dam in April, where I had a chance to talk with many area fishermen and business owners about the disastrous effect the Army Corps plan would have had on their livelihoods,” McConnell said in a statement. “Today, their voices were heard and the Administration’s plan to install barriers along the river will stop.”

The legislation has been a point of reference in McConnell’s re-election campaign as well. McConnell’s campaign released an online ad touting the legislative victory while also making a statement about government overreach.

Kentucky’s other U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is also a co-sponsor of the legislation and a part of McConnell’s campaign video. Paul also released a statement expressing gratitude that the legislation had been signed into law.

“I am pleased Freedom to Fish has been signed into law – and I know I am speaking for many Kentuckians when I say that,” Paul said. “The livelihoods of many business owners and fishermen were at stake, but because of this legislation’s enactment, they will continue to enjoy the freedom to fish without the bureaucratic overreach of the Army Corps.”

Paul takes jab at McCain over Syria
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul took a dig at John McCain over the Arizona senator’s recent visit to Syria, telling a group of conservatives he was worried about getting into a new war with Syria while speaking in California.

As we reported last week, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul visited California to fundraise and visit with tech companies. While he was there, Paul gave a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential foundation.

In his comments, Paul talked about how the Republican party needs to be more inclusive, something he has talked about frequently in recent weeks. But Paul also took a few shots at certain facets of his own party.

U.S. Senator John McCain traveled to Syria over Memorial Day weekend and met with rebels, who he has argued should receive arms from the United States. After meeting with the rebels, McCain took a photo with the men.

A newspaper then reported that two of the men he was photographed with during the trip were involved in kidnapping Lebanese Shiite pilgrims a year ago.

During his speech in California, Paul took a jab at his Republican colleague’s trip to meet with the rebels.

“They say ‘there are some pro-Western people, and we’re going to vet them,’ well apparently we had a senator over there who had his picture taken with some kidnappers, so I don’t know how good a job we’re doing vetting those who are going to get the arms,” Paul said to the crowd in California (at the 38 minute mark in the video below).


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.