By Amber Acker
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, voted in approval of the Highway Transportation Bill, which includes the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and the RESTORE Act, that was passed by The House of Representatives on Friday.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act authorizes federal highway and surface transportation programs through Sept. 30, 2014, while the RESTORE Act ensures that penalties paid by BP will go to the states affected by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Roby stated in a press release that the Highway Transportation Bill will give more certainty to the future of highway programs and the nation's transportation needs, which have previously operated on a short-term and uncertain basis.
She also stated that she felt the passage of the RESTORE Act was significant to Gulf Coast states.
"This plan ensures that 80 percent of the penalties paid by BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico actually go to the coastal states affected by the spill," said Roby.