A day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed his legislation that will bring Louisiana approximately $2 billion more in coastal restoration and hurricane protection funding, Congressmen Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) praised his colleagues for voting to send the majority of oil spill fines to the Gulf Coast.
"For the second time in as many days, my colleagues and I have voted to send much deserved and much needed funds to the Gulf states to restore our coast and protect us from hurricanes," said Landry. "As Louisiana's only representative on the Natural Resources and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees, I have worked hard daily to not only restore our economy but also restore our ecosystem. This week, the hard work has paid off for Louisiana with the House voting to increase our offshore drilling revenues and to ensure we receive BP's oil spill fines."
By a 266-159 vote margin, the House yesterday passed the Landry/Richmond Amendment to H.R. 3408 -- the PIONEERS Act -- that increases the offshore drilling revenue provided to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama from $500 million per year to $750 million per year. Today, the House voted in favor of the Scalise amendment -- authored by Congressman Steve Scalise (R, LA-01) and co-sponsored by Louisiana Congressmen Jeff Landry and Cedric Richmond (D, LA-02) -- that declares 80% of BP's Clean Water Act fines go directly to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.