Senators introduce NEPA reforms to cut red tape

Liz Carey

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced two pieces of legislation this week aimed at rolling back burdensome regulations and cutting red tape caused by the National Environmental Policy Act.

Cruz, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said the bills would streamline infrastructure projects.

The first bill, the Federal Permitting Modernization Act of 2020, would establish deadlines for federal agencies to act under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The second bill would shorten the timetable to file a petition for judicial review of a permit, license, or approval of an infrastructure project from 150 days, to 90 days.

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