By: Zack Duvall
President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order on Tuesday that will look to streamline and ease the permitting and approval process that many analysts, along with administration officials, say greatly impedes the progress of many infrastructure projects across the country.
The White House said in a statement, regarding the new order released on Monday, that it is aimed at “establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure.”
The President is scheduled to attend a meeting with leaders of various companies and agencies that make up the infrastructure industry, partake in a round-table discussion on the issue, and deliver an official statement before signing the new order Tuesday afternoon.
The Trump administration had previously unveiled plans to add over $200 billion to the over $1 trillion in federal funds already allocated to various infrastructure projects currently underway throughout the country. These projects include privatizing the air traffic control system, expanding and improving rural infrastructure, repairing numerous roadways and bridges, and improving the waterway protection protocols to protect the nation’s rivers and lakes.
President Trump has long been a supporter of revamping America’s infrastructure system and policies making it a core issue during the 2016 campaign, arguing that over regulation was one of the most “challenging” obstacles facing any effort to improve the system.