Environmental leaders hail Bill Nelson for helping get RESTORE Act passed in Congress

  • One senator voted for the RESTOR Act- one did not

We're not sure if Bill Nelson had his re-election team filming Monday morning's news conference at the Florida Aquarium, but if not, they should have been.

That's because the incumbent Democratic Senator couldn't have choreographed it better, as he was the recipient of a wealth of adulation from several environmental leaders in Florida who praised him for his efforts in helping get the RESTORE Act passed in Congress last month.

That legislation dedicates 80 percent of fines paid by BP and the other actors involved in violating the Clean Water Act during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (a figure that could range anywhere between $5 million to $21 million) go to restoring the Gulf Coast's environment and economy.

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