Phil Cox, chairman of Building a Better America, a campaign of American workers and job creators, made the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding updates to the regulations governing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA):
“On behalf of the more than 500,000 Americans who urged improvements to the National Environmental Policy Act, we commend President Trump and his Administration for their work to modernize regulations to encourage greater investment in America’s critical infrastructure.”
“The Administration’s action will result in more jobs and investment and greater transparency and predictability for those seeking to build and improve broadband, airports, roads, transit, and many other public assets. The final rule will encourage greater investment in American infrastructure while ensuring projects are delivered on time and on budget.
This final rule will balance environmental protections with ensuring that critical infrastructure projects are not caught in years’ worth of unnecessary red tape and duplicative requirements. This will not only provide certainty for American businesses and spur the creation of American jobs at a time when our economy most needs it, but it will also benefit the American people who rely on our nation’s infrastructure. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modernized NEPA regulations will also allow critical broadband projects to move forward to provide better access to American workers and students who are relying on a strong broadband connection now more than ever. This final rule will be a critical part of our economic recovery and we applaud the Administration’s work to reform and modernize NEPA.”