WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House authorized $25 million a year Tuesday for screens to keep salmon and other fish out of farmers' irrigation ditches in five states.

The bill by Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., would have the federal government pay 65 percent of the cost of screens and other devices in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

State and local officials would pay for 35 percent of the program.

While the bill authorizes funds from 2001 through 2005, legislative appropriators would need to OK money for the projects in coming years.

DeFazio said the screens may help prevent numerous fish species from being declared threatened or endangered.

``This is a bill that is good news for salmon ... and good news for local economies,'' he said.

About two dozen salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout in the region have been placed on endangered and threatened lists.

The measure now goes to the Senate for action. Proponents expect action on the noncontroversial bills in coming days or next year.