Our view: Pa. Senators: Remember the Asian carp

12-15-2011 // Erie Times-News Editorial

This excerpt is from an Erie Times-News Editorial

It's been called both an exotic and an invasive species, but by whatever name it's known, the Asian carp poses a danger to the ecology of the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie.

Legislation pending in Congress could help keep this invader out of our waterways, but the bill needs more support if it is to pass.

Jordan Lubetkin is the senior regional communications manager for the federation's Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is urging support for the Stop Asian Carp Amendment, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. Stabenow proposed the amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2012.

Congress has been scrambling this week to act on an omnibus appropriations bill, while also voting on bills to extend the payroll tax holiday, extend unemployment benefits and require Congress to balance the budget by constitutional amendment.

Lubetkin has been monitoring the omnibus appropriations bills to determine if the Stop Asian Carp Amendment is included. But only party leaders on both sides of the aisle and the Obama administration know what's being negotiated behind closed doors. "Once the bill is made public, there will be no opportunity for amendments," he says.

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