Bill blocked that would give gulf states 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines

Bill blocked that would give gulf states 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines

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Members of the U.S. Army National Guard install Hesco containers along the beaches of Dauphin Island, Ala., Tuesday May 4, 2010. The containers are designed to absorb oil through a fibrous material which reacts with a non-harmful material that changes the sheen to a more solid state which can be recycled. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley took an aerial survey of the Alabama coastline as oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Press-Register, John David Mercer)

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Posted on March 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

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WASHINGTON D.C. - The Restore the Gulf Coast Act appeared to hit a roadblock on Capitol Hill.

Late Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked progress on a $109 billion transportation bill, that included an amendment that would give the gulf states 80 percent of any Clean Water Act fines assessed for the gulf oil disaster.

Republicans said they won't consider the measure until Democrats narrow their list of amendments to the transportation bill.

Democrats said they were frustrated that Republicans are holding up a bill that's already received approval by a bipartisan committee.

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