TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. House has defeated a proposal to close Chicago-area shipping locks in a bid to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan tried to amend a federal budget bill Thursday to deny the Army Corps of Engineers funding to open the locks. It was defeated on a vote of 292 to 137, with one lawmaker voting "present."
Michigan is among five states suing the Army Corps because of its refusal to close the navigational structures, which could provide a pathway to Lake Michigan for the invasive fish.
Camp told the House the Asian carp could decimate native fish populations and endanger 800,000 jobs in the Great Lakes region.
Opponents say keeping the locks open is vital to commerce in the Chicago area.
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