Team Mitch Touts “Freedom To Fish” Victory In New TV Ads

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July 31, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Watch ‘Freedom’ HERE

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released a new sixty-second television ad highlighting Sen. McConnell’s work in passing the Freedom To Fish Act, which protected Kentuckians from more job-killing regulations at the hands of the Obama Administration. The significant six-figure ad will air state-wide on Kentucky television. A thirty second version will also air.

The ad features Western Kentuckians sharing their stories about Sen. McConnell's successful fight to protect their livelihoods and their local economy by passing the Freedom to Fish Act after the Army Corps of Engineers sought to prohibit fishing below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams. “This fight with the Corps was actually a fight for survival of our community,” said Grand Rivers Mayor, Tom Moodie.

“It protected our economy around here, it protected our local businessmen,” said Lyon County Judge Executive, Wade White. “Sen. McConnell’s leadership position was essential in passing Freedom to Fish and pushing it over the top.”

Transcript:

VIDEO

AUDIO

NAME ID:

Kris Dunn

Eddyville

KRIS DUNN:

Fishing has been a big part of my family tradition.

 

NAME ID:

Kim Kraemer

Exec. Director of Tourism

Grand Rivers

 

KIM KRAEMER:

Small businesses and family owned businesses in this area, they depend on fishing and tourism.

TEXT:

In the Lake Barkley area,

fishing is a way of life.

 

JIM DOOM:

Start taking away the benefits of this dam, and we can’t survive.

 

NAME ID:

Wade White

Judge Executive

Lyon County

 

WADE WHITE:

In 2012, the corps of engineers decided they were going to restrict fishing below our dams. This would have been devastating to our area.

 

NAME ID:

Tom Moodie

Mayor

Grand Rivers

 

TOM MOODIE:

This would have taken away $4 million from our economy in one year.

 

NAME ID:

Jim Doom

Fishing Guide

Lake Barkley Area

 

 

JIM DOOM:

My business would have been gone, I would have been out of a job.

NAME ID:

Linda Ray

Business Owner

Grand Rivers

 

 

LINDA RAY:

It takes money out of the whole community.

NAME ID:

Ken McGregor

The Fisherman’s Friend

Bait & Tackle

Grand Rivers

 

KEN MCGREGOR:

The army corps of engineers didn’t seem to care about our point of view, and we’re the people that live and work here.

 

 

TOM MOODIE:

This fight with the corps was actually a fight for survival of our community.

HEADLINE:

McConnell fishing provision

heads to House

- The Paducah Sun, 5/17/14

 

KRIS DUNN:

Senator McConnell saw this as an abuse of government power, and helped us fight back.

 

Kim Kraemer on camera

 

HEADLINE:

‘Freedom to Fish’

signed into law

- WPSD, 6/13/14

 

KIM KRAEMER:

Mitch McConnell stood up for our rights, and helped us keep access to our public water.

Wade White on camera

 

 

WADE WHITE:

It protected our economy around here -- it protected our local businessmen.

 

Senator McConnell’s leadership position was essential in passing Freedom to Fish, and pushing it over the top. 

 

Learn more about the Freedom to Fish Act at TeamMitch.com

 

APPROVED BY MITCH MCCONNELL. PAID FOR BY MCCONNELL SENATE COMMITTEE ’14

MITCH MCCONNELL:

I’m Mitch McConnell and I approved this message

 

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Transcript:

NAME ID:

Kris Dunn

Eddyville

KRIS DUNN:

Fishing has been a big part of my family tradition.

 

NAME ID:

Kim Kraemer

Exec. Director of Tourism

Grand Rivers

 

TEXT:

In the Lake Barkley area,

fishing is a way of life.

 

KIM KRAEMER:

Small businesses and family owned businesses in this area, they depend on fishing and tourism.

NAME ID:

Wade White

Judge Executive

Lyon County

 

 

WADE WHITE:

In 2012, the corps of engineers decided they were going to restrict fishing below our dams.

 

 

NAME ID:

Jim Doom

Fishing Guide

Lake Barkley Area

 

JIM DOOM:

Start taking away the benefits of this dam, and we can’t survive.

 

Kim Kraemer on camera

 

HEADLINE:

McConnell fishing provision

heads to House

- The Paducah Sun, 5/17/14

 

KIM KRAEMER:

Mitch McConnell stood up for our rights, and helped us keep access to our public water.

Wade White on camera

 

HEADLINE:

‘Freedom to Fish’

signed into law

- WPSD, 6/13/14

 

WADE WHITE:

Senator McConnell’s leadership position was essential in passing Freedom to Fish, and pushing it over the top. 

Learn more about the Freedom to Fish Act at TeamMitch.com

 

APPROVED BY MITCH MCCONNELL. PAID FOR BY MCCONNELL SENATE COMMITTEE ’14

MITCH MCCONNELL:

I’m Mitch McConnell and I approved this message

BACKGROUND:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nashville office announced in November 2012 its intention to spend some $2.6 M to install physical barricades below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams in Kentucky that would have prohibited fishing boat access to some of the most popular fishing areas in the state. Kentuckians, small businesses, local CJEs and the Kentucky and Tennessee Departments of Fish and Wildlife were vehemently opposed to the Army Corps’ barricade plan, which they rightly believed would have hurt tourism in the affected communities and viewed as federal overreach. It is estimated that blocking fishing access to these areas would have come to the detriment of some $3 M in local tourism.

Senator McConnell joined his constituents in vigorously opposing the Army Corps’ plan to block anglers’ rights to access these waters and worked to successfully protect his constituents from another unnecessary, costly and burdensome federal regulation from the Obama administration.

Senator McConnell’s permanent “Freedom to Fish” provision was included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) Conference Report, which passed the Senate and House in May 2014 and was signed into law on June 10, 2014. The provision, which was secured by Senator McConnell continues a “permanent ban” on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) ability to enforce any attempt to restrict public access to fish the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams in Kentucky—some of the most popular fishing areas in the state—by giving states the ability to determine how best to regulate public access to these areas. The language also prohibits the Army Corps from ever constructing physical barriers to these public areas or even attempting to implement any kind of a restricted area using signs in the Cumberland River basin for four years following enactment of WRRDA.

Timeline of action taken by Senator McConnell

· On February 12, 2013, Senator McConnell wrote the head of the USACE, Jo-Ellen Darcy, voicing his opposition to the Obama administration’s barricade plan.

· On February 28, 2013, Senator McConnell introduced the “Freedom to Fish Act” with Senators Alexander, Paul and Corker that would prohibit the USACE from installing the barricades.

· On March 19, 2013, Senator McConnell met with the Nashville USACE Commander to reiterate his opposition to the plan and to relay that he would continue to work to prevent the USACE from installing the barricades.

· On April 13, 2013, Senator McConnell met with local elected officials, anglers and local residents at Lake Barkley to hear firsthand their concerns regarding the USACE plan and was told that the proposal to block access to these waters would have a major impact on the communities near these dams.

· On May 15, 2013, the Senate passed its initial version of the Water Resources and Development Act, which included the McConnell Freedom to Fish provision.

· On May 16, 2013, the Senate passed a separate bill introduced by Senator McConnell to delay, for two-years, the USACE’s ability to restrict public access to these areas, allowing time for the Conference Committee to produce a final WRRDA bill. Senator McConnell’s delay measure was signed into law by the President on June 3, 2013.

· On August 28, 2013, Senator McConnell—along with Senator Paul—wrote House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster requesting that he include the permanent Freedom to Fish language in his committee’s bill and in the final WRRDA Conference Report.

· On May 16, 2014, Senator McConnell was successful in securing his Freedom to Fish language in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) Conference Report, the final version of the bill. Senator McConnell’s provision continues a “permanent ban” on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to enforce any attempt to restrict public access to fish the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams in Kentucky.

· On May 20, 2014, Senator McConnell’s Freedom to Fish, included in the WRRDA Conference Report, is passed by the House of Representatives.

· On May 22, 2014, Senator McConnell’s permanent Freedom to Fish provision was passed by the Senate.

· On June 10, 2014, the President signs Senator McConnell’s permanent Freedom to Fish provision into law.

 

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