WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Ben Cardin's Chesapeake Bay restoration bill has left a Senate committee with amendments designed to address concerns of Republican lawmakers.
Cardin spokeswoman Sue Walitsky says the bill approved by the Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday includes an amendment authored by Cardin and Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., the committee's ranking Republican.
A Chesapeake Bay Foundation official says the changes don't affect the Environmental Protection Agency's bay restoration strategy, which was developed in response to an executive order from President Obama.
Doug Siglin, the foundation's federal affairs director, says the bill no longer contains a provision to expand EPA authority in certain cases and now has a better chance of passage.
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