Westerman Applauds Permitting Provisions in Fiscal Responsibility Act
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 30, 2023 | Committee Press Office (202-225-2761)
Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement about the permitting reform provisions included in the Fiscal Responsibility Act:
"Burdensome regulations smother all sectors of the American economy while ultimately doing more harm to the environment than good. While science and technology advances make energy, mining and infrastructure development safer and cleaner by the day, federal regulations continue holding us back and making us more dependent on our adversaries. Speaker McCarthy understands the importance of modernizing these regulations, and that's why the Fiscal Responsibility Act includes many of the reforms we've advanced from the House Committee on Natural Resources. These provisions will make it easier to build in America, speed up timelines for critical infrastructure projects and reduce the burden on taxpayers by creating efficiencies in the permitting process. I'm honored to have moved these priorities through regular order in our committee, and know they will save taxpayer money while allowing our economy to grow. I hope to see them signed into law this week."
The Fiscal Responsibility Act contains many of the key provisions from the Building U.S. Infrastructure through Limited Delays and Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and passed in the House of Representatives as a part of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, introduced by Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.).
The legislation will codify many of the Trump-era regulations regarding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including:
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