Today, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, led by Chairman Barbara Boxer passed S. 1400, the RESTORE the Gulf Act of 2011 by voice vote. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are the primary authors of this legislation, which is co-sponsored by seven other Gulf State Senators.
"Today's Committee passage of the RESTORE Act is another major milestone in the Alabama Gulf Coast's recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," said Shelby. "If enacted into law, this bill would provide unprecedented funding and flexibility for the ecological and economic recovery of the local coastal communities directly affected by this spill. I look forward to continuing to work on a bipartisan basis with my Gulf State colleagues, as well as Senate Leadership, to pass the RESTORE Act in the Senate and enact it into law."