US president Donald Trump on Friday credited himself for making big plans to bolster US roads, bridges and waterways. He said that, thanks to him, US infrastructure will “once again be the envy of the world”. Trump was at a round table discussion with White House and state transportation officials where he discussed how his administration should work to streamline the process, AP reported. Also, on his visit to the Department of Transportation’s headquarters, which also has members of Congress, he highlighted his goal of curbing regulations on infrastructure projects. According to Trump, right now, US’ infrastructure is being “laughed” and “scoffed” at and his complaint was that highways take too long to build.
Though James Comey the fired FBI director and his interactions with Trump on Russian interference in US election has made the news, the US president is not letting that get in the way of highlighting his big plans for rebuilding America – his aides are calling it the ‘infrastructure week’.Trump is trying to streamline the permit process for infrastructure projects across the country to get them finished faster, AP reported. He called it, “painfully slow” and “unnecessarily burdensome” and that it is hurting the economy.The White House is starting a “massive permit reform” said Trump. A new council will also be set up to help project managers navigate bureaucratic hurdles, Reuters reported.
He said, this Council will also improve transparency by creating a new online dashboard allowing everyone to easily track major projects through every stage of the approval process. He added that if any federal agency that “consistently delays projects by missing deadlines will face tough, new penalties. We will hold the bureaucracy accountable.”
A new office of Council of Environmental Quality will be constituted “to root out inefficiency, clarify lines of authority, and streamline federal, state and local procedures so that communities can modernize their aging infrastructure without fear of outdated federal rules getting in the way,” he said.