WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill to add "flexibility" to a federal fisheries law despite a White House veto threat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill to add "flexibility" to a federal fisheries law despite a White House veto threat.
A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young of Alaska was being debated Monday on the House floor. The bill reauthorizes the four-decade-old Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the top law regulating fishing in U.S. oceans.
Young and other Republicans said the bill was "written for fish and communities" and would give regional fisheries managers greater flexibility to shift catch totals as ocean conditions and science change. Managers could consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits.
President Barack Obama and other Democrats say the measure could lead to overfishing and roll back successful efforts to rebuild some stocks depleted by overfishing.