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Senate approves 2-year moratorium on dam barriers

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UNDATED-(AP) A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to put controversial fishing restrictions near Cumberland River dams in Kentucky and Tennessee would be held off under a two-year moratorium that's been passed by the U.S. Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the House is expected to consider the measure next week. It is separate from a bill the Senate passed earlier this week. Restrictions were included as part of the Water Resources Development Act that passed Wednesday.

McConnell said in a statement that the earlier bill would stop barriers from being implemented, but Thursday's measure calls for a two-year moratorium to allow time for the permanent ban to take effect.

Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee introduced the legislation with McConnell.