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House Democratic Transportation Leader Blasts Trump’s Executive Order

House Democratic Transportation Leader Blasts Trump’s Executive Order

Transport Topics
August 16, 2017 4:30 PM, EDT
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter

President Donald Trump is consistently falling short on his promise to modernize the country’s intricate infrastructure network, said the top Democrat on the House transportation panel.

“Trump continues to pretend that he can wave a wand and magically rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Less than 1% of federal infrastructure projects require the type of rigorous environmental review he lamented yesterday. He is ignoring the fact that it will take real federal investment and partnership with the states to rebuild our infrastructure.”

The congressman took issue with the president’s argument that a convoluted environmental permitting process was the raison d’etre impeding the advancement of large-scale freight, passenger and transit projects. Trump emphasized his point Aug. 15 by holding up a chart with words in a large font during a press conference in New York City. The chart, Trump said, outlined the lengthy permitting maze construction firms must clear. It is unclear what was written on the chart... FULL ARTICLE

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