Trump Is Failing to Implement Existing Policies to Address Infrastructure Permitting Concerns, CAP Analysis Says

Trump Is Failing to Implement Existing Policies to Address Infrastructure Permitting Concerns, CAP Analysis Says

Washington, D.C. – The Trump administration is ignoring existing tools to improve the infrastructure permitting process and instead is attacking the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress.

Congress has acted on three separate occasions over the past six years to make the permitting process more efficient and transparent. These laws are not yet fully implemented. Instead of focusing on making these new tools work, President Donald Trump has failed to appoint necessary staff, proposed cutting funding for agencies critical to permitting projects, and four days into his presidency, signed an executive order that only added confusion to the process.

“President Trump should stop using environmental protections as a convenient scapegoat,” said Lia Cattaneo, author of the analysis. “Instead, the Trump administration should do the hard work of governing and implement existing permitting reforms.”

Read the analysis: “President Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal Recklessly Undermines Environmental Laws,” by Lia Cattaneo.

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