BP fine amendment passes

The House passed an amendment Wednesday night critical to the Gulf Coast that directs at least 80 percent of BP oil spill fines to the five Gulf states.

The vote was 266-159.

The unexpected inclusion of the amendment, which is a major portion of the Restore Act, in the debate over energy and the surface transportation bill, came after several lawmakers, including Reps. Steve Palazzo, R-Biloxi, Steve Scalise, R-La., and Peter Olson, R-Texas, persuaded GOP leadership to agree to it.

Sun Herald