Fixing the nation’s broken permitting process must be an urgent priority. After all, if you can’t build things, productivity stops, jobs are lost, and people suffer.If done right, Congress can foster economic growth, strengthen environmental protection, and enhance America’s global competitiveness. A new bill must be guided by three basic principles:
1) We must reduce the excessive litigation that causes costly delays and, in some cases, kills projects outright;
2) We must push needless bureaucracy out of the way; and,
3) We must substantively update permitting laws passed in the 1970s to fit the needs of the 21st Century economy.
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