October 23, 2020
In an election year marked by a historic health crisis and contentious, high-stakes debate on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, the divisions between the two sides are often crystal clear — including with their plans for improving the nation’s infrastructure. President Donald Trump and his reelection team tout a persistent push to reform environmental permitting guidance and the likelihood of advancing a multiyear comprehensive highway policy update with congressional transportation leaders should he win reelection. Trump also is urging big-ticket construction projects that would add to recent economic progress and a populous freight and manufacturing sector. Trump made streamlining the permitting process central to the White House’s infrastructure agenda. His administration announced a final rule this year meant to modernize and accelerate environmental reviews to enhance efficiency and affordability. The rule seeks to facilitate a two-year period for completion of certain environmental impact statements.
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