Graves Statement on the Biden Administration’s NEPA Rule and Slowdown of U.S. Infrastructure Projects
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) statement on the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final “Phase I” National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rollback rule:
“This rule to reimpose outdated NEPA regulations couldn’t come at a worse time. The Nation continues to deal with various crises the President’s policies have exacerbated – from inflation, to the supply chain, to American energy independence. Now the Administration is moving backwards on much needed, commonsense NEPA reforms, which will only delay important projects, drive up costs, and further erode any value from the infrastructure law.”
Committee Republicans have also led on other project streamlining initiatives, including Rep. Garret Graves’ BUILDER Act, which would modernize NEPA regulations to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient and reduce project costs without compromising environmental protections, and Rep. Rodney Davis’ One Federal Decision Act, much of which was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act although the benefits of its reforms are threatened by this NEPA rollback and other Administration policies that slow down infrastructure projects.