U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today introduced legislation supported by senators from all five Gulf States that will aid in the Gulf Coast's recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 is a bipartisan consensus agreement negotiated by Sens. Shelby and Landrieu that provides 80% of the Clean Water Act fines for the Gulf Coast states and requires that all funds be spent on ecological and economic recovery efforts in the coastal region.
Senator Shelby made the following statement regarding the legislation:
"The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 is good news for Alabama's environmental and economic recovery from the oil spill. This legislation allows for great flexibility in the allocation of recovery funds to ensure that the penalties our state is owed are distributed in the best interest of Alabama's coastal communities. I am proud of the resiliency of Alabamians in the wake of the oil spill and will push for the enactment of the RESTORE Act so that we may continue towards a full recovery."