The panel approved the bipartisan measure without revision, but several senators say they plan to offer amendments on the Senate floor. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) said he plans to propose a competing measure that creates permanent protections for coastal Florida and would leave a much smaller part of the 181 area open to energy development than the bill approved by the committee.
Meanwhile, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) remains in discussion with the bill's lead sponsors, committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and ranking member Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), about amending the bill to provide coastal assistance funding to Louisiana and other gulf states with offshore oil and gas production.
Landrieu wants to provide states a share of offshore leasing and production revenues, which Bingaman opposes. After the committee passed the bill, she said new coastal funding that does not include "revenue-sharing" is on the table.
"We are open to alternatives that would meet our objective of a long-term, reliable stream of revenue," she told reporters.
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