"Today I join with our Senators in celebrating the fact that a majority on both sides of the Capitol have now committed to bringing most of the Clean Water Act fines back to the states affected by this tragedy," Palazzo stated. "These BP fine monies are vital in ensuring the long-term environmental and economic recovery of the Gulf Coast.
"We're not quite there yet, but we are getting closer. I'm hoping to see the president sign the RESTORE Act into law by or before the 2nd anniversary of the BP oil spill."
Congressman Palazzo has worked with other members of Congress from the Gulf Coast states over the past year to pass The RESTORE Act. With today's Senate action, both houses of Congress have now approved language in favor of restoration legislation that would bring Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil spill back to Gulf Coast states. The first time either house voted on such a measure was when the House of Representatives attached similar language to energy legislation in mid-February.