Coast Guard to Get Better Access to Clean-Up Fund

A bill to give the Coast Guard more money to respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has zipped through Congress.

The Associated Press
Work crews with Ashland Cleaning Services lay oil retention booms in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on Saturday. Environmentalists are concerned about the impact of the oil slick when it makes landfall.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to give the Coast Guard more money to respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has zipped through Congress.

It now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

The bill would lift the $100 million limit the Coast Guard is under when using money from a government trust fund reserved for cleanup costs. Without the extension, the Coast Guard would hit that limit next week.

Lawmakers say the federal government will require BP to reimburse the Coast Guard's expenses.

So far, the Coast Guard has sent BP two bills. The first, for $1.8 million, was paid last week. A $69 million bill has yet to be paid.


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