U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), today sent a letter to Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Department of the Treasury. The letter states the Members' concerns regarding the implementation of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act).

"After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast, no one felt the effects more than the citizens of Louisiana. The Obama Administration is responsible for carrying out the RESTORE Act, and yet Louisiana citizens are still waiting for the critical funds needed to help ease the strain of this disastrous event and to jumpstart a variety of ecological and economic restoration projects along the coast," the Members wrote. "The Obama Administration is effectively denying relief by failing to complete the RESTORE Act regulations."

Vitter was an original co-sponsor of the RESTORE Act, which would dedicate at least 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act to Gulf states to restore coastal ecosystems and economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Click here to read more. Scalise was the lead author of the RESTORE Act in the House.

Click here to read today's letter.