U.S. Chamber Applauds Introduction of Permit Streamlining Legislation in the Senate

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the bipartisan S. 280, the “Federal Permitting Improvement Act of 2015”:

“Because of the current dysfunctional permitting process marked by never-ending delays, valuable infrastructure and other construction projects are stalled or cancelled entirely. And when those projects go away, so do the jobs associated with them. The Chamber recognizes and appreciates the tireless efforts of Senators McCaskill and Portman to address this problem through the introduction of the bipartisan ‘Federal Permitting Improvement Act.’ By streamlining the environmental review and permitting process, this legislation would get projects back on track, and allow for job creation and economic growth.

“This bill – a commonsense approach that builds on successful provisions for environmental review management found in previous transportation legislation – is a critical component to improving and reforming this country’s regulatory process. By cutting the “red tape” that has hindered development and maintaining meaningful environmental reviews, S. 280 will allow for the advancement of important projects that could also provide jobs for millions of Americans.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.