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July 22, 2011 12:00 AM

Bipartisan bill seeks BP funds for 5 Gulf states

WASHINGTON -- In an unusual show of bipartisanship, nine Gulf Coast senators from both parties joined forces Thursday to introduce a bill that would require at least 80 percent of penalties from last year’s BP oil spill paid under the Clean Water Act to be directed to restoration projects in the five states: Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas.

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