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February 4, 2014

McConnell challenges Obama over Duskytail Darter wrangle

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Washington, D.C. —

“Each year, Lake Cumberland brings to the local community $200 million in economic activity and employs on average 6,000 people,” McConnell said. “Understandably, those in the local community have been anxious to see water levels return to normal.”
The senator said Carolyn Mounce’s comment: “Bureaucracy run amok” best describes the situation. He also mentioned Mounce’s comments about visitors at travel shows in Louisville and Cincinnati being excited about Lake Cumberland returning to normal levels. Mounce, executive director of Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she owes boat show visitors an apology for promoting a full Lake Cumberland.
Another local, J.D. Hamilton, owner-operator of Lee’s Ford Marina and Resort, was quoted by McConnell as being disappointed that Lake Cumberland would be kept lower this year to protect a fish. He quoted Hamilton as saying “The Corps is keeping its word to the fish but not on the economy.”
McConnell concluded by saying “ ... my friend and colleague, Senator Rand Paul and I, along with our colleagues in the House, Congressman (Hal) Rogers and (Ed) Whitfield, wrote the Administration calling for an end to this intolerable further delay. I hope the Obama Administration will take heed and concern itself more with endangered jobs and endangered livelihoods of actual Kentuckians than with the possible endangerment of this water-adverse minnow.”

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