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Rep. Newhouse visiting Tri-Cities in support of federal dam bill

Rep. Newhouse visiting Tri-Cities in support of federal dam bill

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Representative Dan Newhouse is in town raising support for a bipartisan bill he said protects eight federal dams along the lower Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Congressman Newhouse and an alliance of Pacific Northwest farmers, ports, and businesses said they oppose an Oregon Judge's spill order that claims to help migrating salmon.

The order goes into affect Tuesday after an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court was rejected.

Newhouse said the order hurts the fish it claims to help as well as local energy infrastructure.

He said Pacific Northwest families needlessly face $40 million in increased rates even though dams and fish can co-exist.

"Really all of the things that make Eastern Washington what it is today is at risk if we compromise our ability to operate the river in the way that it needs to be," he said.

The congressman said Washingtonians need to call in support of HR 3144, legislation with bi-partisan support he claimed balances economic prosperity and environmental stewardship.

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