Senate votes for an amendment to fight the spread of Asian carp

Brown said his amendment would not add any cost to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which the Senate is currently considering. His amendment would direct a multiagency federal effort to slow the spread of Asian carp in the upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries and the Great Lakes.

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“The spread of Asian carp threatens Great Lakes ecosystems,” Brown said ahead of the vote. “This no-cost amendment would promote multiple agencies to stop the spread of Asian carp.”

Toomey said the amendment would put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in charge of leading the effort to stop the invasive species and would require an annual report to Congress on the matter.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and ranking member David Vitter (R-La.) introduced S. 601, which would authorize projects related to flood and storm risk reduction, coast and inland navigation, and ecosystem restoration.

Boxer said the bill would support as many as 500,000 U.S. jobs. It passed unanimously out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in March. 

The Senate is expected to continue work on the bipartisan water bill through the week and final passage could come as early as Thursday afternoon.