On March 8, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and six other Democratic senators wrote Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to express their stiff opposition to any plan to expand revenue sharing to all coastal states in order to encourage offshore energy production. Wyden and Murkowski are reportedly working on a proposal to expand revenue sharing beyond the four states currently receiving such direct payments.