President Donald Trump to sign executive order on infrastructure projects

President Donald Trump to sign executive order on infrastructure projects

After issuing an executive order to streamline the permitting process for construction projects, President Trump expressed confidence that his yet-to-be unveiled long-term infrastructure funding plan would gain bipartisan backing on Capitol Hill.

The order would set a two-year goal for completing permits needed on major infrastructure plans, and create a "one Federal decision" protocol that would appoint a lead federal agency to work with other agencies to complete the environmental reviews and permitting for infrastructure projects.

President Donald Trump will look to reinvigorate his stalled push for a sweeping infrastructure bill Tuesday when he meets with some of his top aides in NY to discuss the plan. This standard, introduced by former president Barack Obama as one his many measures tackling climate change, was required for all infrastructure projects, from public housing to highways.

Addressing a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan Tuesday, Trump elaborated on an executive order he signed earlier in the day, which he said would "dramatically reform the nation's badly broken infrastructure permitting process".

Environmental activists and floodplain managers say Obama's executive order ensured new projects in areas prone to flooding were protected.

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Flood policy expert Eli Lehrer, president of the libertarian R Street Institute who has been critical of many other Obama initiatives, agreed that revoking this order will end up costing taxpayers money. He says, "You're just adding a new layer of confusion and bureaucracy to existing problems".

Then he showed a shorter flowchart for the process he said he's approving, claiming it would reduce the time involved in highway permitting from as much as 17 years to two years. The Obama order was especially unwieldy because it didn't standardize across the government how sea level rise was to be taken into account, which left each federal agency to come up with its own standards, said Jimmy Christianson, an attorney with the Associated General Contractors.

The order will not keep state and local agencies from using a more stringent standard should they choose to do so.

The Trump administration has long maintained that reducing regulatory red tape and eliminating duplicative steps in the approval process will not only speed up project delivery, but will also make projects more attractive to the private sector. "This is what it takes to get something approved today ... and this is what we will bring it down to". This is going to happen quickly.

"The potential move comes as the [Trump] administration is proposing a $1 trillion build-out of roads, bridges and other infrastructure over 10 years", Climatewire wrote of the rumors in March.

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