Cutting Red Tape, Creating Missouri Jobs

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-08-20 15:40:25
    Dear Unity, Any employer in Missouri that's tried to get a construction project off the ground will tell you the same thing: regulations, often from multiple federal agencies, add to costs and delay projects - which results in many of them never getting off the ground. That's bad news when it comes to the need to create more jobs and boost business opportunities in our state. Business owners and project managers I talk to understand that some amount of regulation is necessary, but they want rules of the road that are commonsense and easily understood - especially while we're still in the midst of an economic recovery. To tackle this problem, I've teamed up with my Republican colleague from Ohio, Senator Rob Portman, and we've introduced the bipartisan Federal Permitting Improvement Act. Our bill is directly tailored to get these critical construction projects moving and put more folks back to work more quickly. The legislation applies to proposals for infrastructure, development, and energy projects. Our bill would cut through red tape and expedite projects by taking several commonsense steps. It would require one "lead agency" to be designated for a project when multiple federal agencies are involved. Our bipartisan proposal also encourages greater cooperation with state and local permitting authorities - ensuring that projects aren't stalled as they move through multiple levels of bureaucracy. Lastly, it reduces the timeframe in which major infrastructure projects are vulnerable to environmental lawsuits, from six years to 150 days. This change will provide businesses the certainty they need to invest in projects without the fear that they'll be subject to lawsuits years after the completion of a road or bridge. I've never been afraid to buck my party and work across the aisle if I believed it was the right thing to do, and I firmly believe this is an initiative that folks of all stripes can get behind. This bill has the support of members of both political parties, and is also supported by labor unions and key business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Roundtable - coalitions that don't often work together in Washington. I'm confident that with solutions that enable projects to get off the sidelines - and put folks to get back to work - our economy can continue to improve and Missouri can continue to prosper. All the best, P.S. I want to hear from you about how we can work together to create more jobs across the state. Stay connected via email, Facebook and Twitter.       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

Any employer in Missouri that's tried to get a construction project off the ground will tell you the same thing: regulations, often from multiple federal agencies, add to costs and delay projects - which results in many of them never getting off the ground. That's bad news when it comes to the need to create more jobs and boost business opportunities in our state.

Business owners and project managers I talk to understand that some amount of regulation is necessary, but they want rules of the road that are commonsense and easily understood - especially while we're still in the midst of an economic recovery.

To tackle this problem, I've teamed up with my Republican colleague from Ohio, Senator Rob Portman, and we've introduced the bipartisan Federal Permitting Improvement Act.

Our bill is directly tailored to get these critical construction projects moving and put more folks back to work more quickly. The legislation applies to proposals for infrastructure, development, and energy projects.

Our bill would cut through red tape and expedite projects by taking several commonsense steps. It would require one "lead agency" to be designated for a project when multiple federal agencies are involved.

Our bipartisan proposal also encourages greater cooperation with state and local permitting authorities - ensuring that projects aren't stalled as they move through multiple levels of bureaucracy.

Lastly, it reduces the timeframe in which major infrastructure projects are vulnerable to environmental lawsuits, from six years to 150 days. This change will provide businesses the certainty they need to invest in projects without the fear that they'll be subject to lawsuits years after the completion of a road or bridge.

I've never been afraid to buck my party and work across the aisle if I believed it was the right thing to do, and I firmly believe this is an initiative that folks of all stripes can get behind. This bill has the support of members of both political parties, and is also supported by labor unions and key business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Roundtable - coalitions that don't often work together in Washington.

I'm confident that with solutions that enable projects to get off the sidelines - and put folks to get back to work - our economy can continue to improve and Missouri can continue to prosper.

All the best,


P.S. I want to hear from you about how we can work together to create more jobs across the state. Stay connected via email, Facebook and Twitter.
   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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