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Rep. Young Introduces Bill To Reduce Project Delivery Times

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young has introduced H.R. 6196 which will reduce transportation project delivery times by shortening the amount of time permits and approvals can be challenged through litigation.  

"When TEA-LU passed the House, the bill had 145 Republican and Democrat cosponsors and passed with bipartisan support," said Rep. Young.  "I worked across the aisle to engage both parties in the legislating process and together we included language that was meant to streamline the environmental review for projects.  Reducing project delivery time is a bipartisan problem and this is a bipartisan solution.  Many major infrastructure projects are not shovel ready for reasons including a lengthy environmental review process, litigation, lack of funding, etc.  This affects not only the projects, but local economies, and employment.  This bill is a clear and simple solution and one of many solutions that we should take."

When the House initially passed TEA-LU (H.R. 3550) in 2003, language was included that reduced the time one could sue the government over a permit, license, or approval issued by a federal agency for a highway or public transportation project to 90 days.  Unfortunately, during Conference negotiations with the Senate, the language was changed and increased to 180 days, and was included in the final version of SAFETEA-LU.  H.R. 6196 would restore the time limit to 90 days.

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