Gulf lawmakers in House to announce agreement on oil spill fines

Gulf Coast lawmakers in the U.S. House appear to have reached a long-awaited agreement on sending potentially billions of dollars in oil spill fine money to the Gulf states.

The office of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., issued a news release minutes ago announcing a news conference tomorrow at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time to unveil the oil spill fine proposal.

“A coalition of Gulf Coast lawmakers in the U.S. House will host a press conference tomorrow to discuss the introduction of the RESTORE Act and their continued efforts to build momentum to secure BP Clean Water Act fines for coastal states,” the release said.

Scalise will be joined by Reps. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile; Steven Palazzo, R-Biloxi; Jeff Miller, R-Fla.; Steve Southerland, R-Fla.; Pete Olson, R-Tex.; and others, according to the release.

The inclusion of lawmakers from every Gulf state is significant, following the many months of negotiations by House members that broke down across state lines.

10/4/11