Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after Sens. Landrieu and Vitter introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to dedicate BP Clean Water Act fines to the Gulf Coast. Scalise introduced similar legislation in the House in January.
"I applaud Senators Landrieu and Vitter for their efforts to carry this legislation in the Senate, and I look forward to working with them and my colleagues in the house as we continue to ensure that we restore our coast and ecosystems that were directly impacted by the oil spill," Scalise said. "On the eve of the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion we must keep the nation focused on the need to dedicate the BP fines to our states that are still struggling to recover from the disaster. Our bills provide critical relief to Louisianans, to our environment, and to our ecosystems. It is only proper that the Gulf Coast states that were impacted should receive the lion's share of the fines BP will have to pay as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster."
Scalise has been a long-time proponent of comprehensive hurricane and flood protection as well as coastal restoration efforts. The Gulf Coast Restoration Act, H.R. 56, was the first bill introduced by Scalise in the new Congress. It requires that at least 80 percent of the fines assessed to BP under the Clean Water Act be directed to Gulf States for the purpose of coastal and ecosystem restoration.