Reporting Tim Kephart
Legislative Session Coverage
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (CBSMiami) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said Tuesday he wants all of the fines collected from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill to only go to the states directly affected by the spill.
In March, the Senate approved spending 80 percent of the fines collected from BP on restoration efforts in the five Gulf states. The other 20 percent would then be allowed to go to other states not impacted by the oil spill.
A similar provision was approved in the House and will be worked out in conference committee.
Senator Rubio voted against the bill, while Democratic Senator Bill Nelson voted for it.
Rubio said Tuesday that Congress’ idea of splitting up the money and giving it to states not involved in the oil spill as an example of the problems in Washington. He also criticized other lawmakers for trying to get their hands on the money.
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