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BPC’s Grumet: Trump Order to Speed Permitting a Welcome Step

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Washington, D.C. – Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on infrastructure reviews and approvals:

“In recent years, leaders from both parties have undertaken efforts to speed up the process for reviewing and permitting major infrastructure projects. Despite sincere efforts and very strong rhetoric, only modest progress has been made. The complex, confusing, and often lengthy federal, state, and local requirements continue to impede economically critical projects and present a significant barrier to private investment in infrastructure. BPC’s Executive Council on Infrastructure is encouraged by President Trump’s focus on expediting that process. These commitments echo similar initiatives by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Addressing this challenge will require focused, collaborative, and persistent efforts at the highest levels of government. Success will also require active engagement with local officials and advocates who must have confidence that the streamlined process will continue to protect our public health and environment.

“The council released a report in May 2016 that provided a roadmap to partnering private investors with public infrastructure. The council recommended maximizing the use of simultaneous reviews, empowering key decision-makers, expanding use of the Permitting Dashboard, and increasing data collection and transparency. We encourage the president to champion and build upon these measures.”

“We stand ready to work with Congress and the administration on common sense reforms that build on the new executive order as well as past bipartisan efforts, such as those included in the FAST Act, save time and money, and attract increased private sector participation.”

KEYWORDS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, JASON GRUMET, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON INFRASTRUCTURE, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP