Gulf Coast lawmakers optimistic about garnering 80% of BP oil spill fines – Despite support from President Barack Obama and influential congressional Republicans, a bill that would channel 80 percent of BP oil spill fines to the Gulf Coast is far from enactment.

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    (From The Times Picayune) WASHINGTON -- Despite support from President Barack Obama and influential congressional Republicans, a bill that would channel 80 percent of BP oil spill fines to the Gulf Co…

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