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The bill would put a two-year moratorium on the Army Corps plan to implement barriers and restrict fishing accesses to the tailwaters of the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River.

McConnell introduced the bill after the Corps planned to put up barriers around a dam in his home state of Kentucky. 

The Corps said the barriers were necessary to protect fishers when water was passing through the dam. But McConnell and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulJohnson becomes fourth GOP senator unwilling to proceed on healthcare bill Five takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill Overnight Healthcare: CBO score imperils ObamaCare repeal | Breaking down the numbers | WH hits back over score | Trump phones holdouts | Dems plan floor protest MORE (R-Ky.) argued that people had been fishing on that water for decades and they shouldn’t be prohibited from doing so now.

McConnell made sure that the Water Resources Development Act, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday, included provisions prohibiting the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream, but because the House might take a while to act on that bill, McConnell wanted this separate measure passed. He said the House is likely to pass his bill next week.

“The water resources bill includes a permanent ban on implementing barriers, but in order to deal with the immediate threat we have a two-year moratorium which should give time for the water resources bill to become law and then it will be a permanent moratorium,” McConnell said Thursday. “Many Kentuckians are struggling in this economy and the last thing they need is the nanny state shutting down a critical local resource. Many in our state have depended on these waters for years and it’s outrageous for the federal government to make such a decision with complete disregard for the people affected most directly by the policy.”

Republican Sens. Paul, Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderThe Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Trump administration pays June ObamaCare subsidies to insurers Republicans and the lost promise of local control in education MORE (Tenn.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerOvernight Defense: House panel unveils 6.5B defense policy bill | Bill threatens to suspend nuke treaty with Russia | Corker vows to block Gulf arms sales Corker vows to block arms sales to Gulf countries amid Qatar crisis This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (Tenn.) cosponsored the measure.

This article was updated at 6 p.m.