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Jan 27, 2010 12:35 PM by John Flesher, Associated Press

Congress to seek more money to fight Asian carp

Members of Congress say they'll seek $20 million to study using poisons to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

Securing the money was among several steps agreed on by lawmakers from the Great Lakes region during a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, who hosted the session, tells The Associated Press the bipartisan group did not resolve a disagreement over whether to close shipping locks and gates at Chicago that could give the carp a pathway to Lake Michigan.

Several states are suing to close the locks, which Illinois officials and the Obama administration oppose.

But Durbin says the lawmakers endorsed other measures, including working with the Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen an electronic barrier on Chicago-area waterways.

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