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senate Bill S. 280

Creating a Council that Focuses on Streamlining the Federal Permitting Process

Argument in favor

There are myriad ways for the federal government to stall a project it doesn’t agree with (see Keystone XL). Forcing agencies to set deadlines and shortening the judicial review window will help more projects get off the ground and boost the economy.

Delaware57's Opinion
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06/02/2016
As long as they're doing their job of streamlining which would tell me that it would be cost Savings in the long run I would agree.
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Bfallen07's Opinion
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08/20/2015
Politics need to stay out of the work force and a lot more jobs would come fourth!
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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08/19/2015
Yes! Eliminate as many layers of bureaucracy as possible. This is why the counties around DC are the wealthiest in the country. Legions of federal employees.
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Argument opposed

When the federal government wants to block a project they will find a way regardless of whether or not there is a Council dedicated to streamlining the permitting process.

John's Opinion
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08/19/2015
Create a new bureaucracy to reduce bureaucracy? What could go wrong?
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operaman's Opinion
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08/18/2015
Let's do away with the Federal Licensing/Planning Council idea and leaving it up to the states. Why is it always "let's create a council, a committee, a panel or a new department." It gives the "fill-in-blank" more money to make everyone's life more expensive and miserable.
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ShellyInTX's Opinion
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10/10/2015
We need to delete departments, not create them.
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    Create a new bureaucracy to reduce bureaucracy? What could go wrong?
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    Let's do away with the Federal Licensing/Planning Council idea and leaving it up to the states. Why is it always "let's create a council, a committee, a panel or a new department." It gives the "fill-in-blank" more money to make everyone's life more expensive and miserable.
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    We need to delete departments, not create them.
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    [More federal government bureaucracy! Growing the government, instead of shrinking it! Another sinkhole for taxpayer dollars!] • Sen. #ClaireMcCaskill (D-MO) said: “There are too many cooks in the kitchen. Someone lets it sit on their desk and forgets it, which is why we need to streamline and make things transparent.” [Sounds like you need to fire a bunch of lazy, incompetent bureaucrats!] This bill would establish a Federal Permitting Improvement Council that is chaired by a Federal Chief Permitting Officer (Federal #CPO) who is an officer of the Office of Management and Budget (#OMB). The Federal CPO would be required to: Establish an inventory of covered projects for which the review or authorization of the head of any federal agency is pending. Develop non-binding performance schedules for reviews and authorizations of each category of covered projects. Maintain an online database known as the Permitting Dashboard, to track the status of federal reviews and authorizations for any covered project. Covered projects would be defined as a construction activity that requires authorization or review by a federal agency. They would involve renewable or conventional #energy, electricity transmission, surface #transportation, aviation, ports and #waterways, water resource projects, #broadband, #manufacturing, or any other sector as determined by the Federal CPO. Covered projects would also require an initial investment of more than $25 million. Agencies would be required to establish a plan for coordinating public and agency participation in, and completion of, any required federal review. This plan would be submitted to the Federal CPO and include a timetable with deadlines for agency action, and a process for consulting with participating agencies on issues of concern. Now, here's an interesting part of this bill: Congress would allow three or more contiguous states to enter into an interstate compact that establishes regional infrastructure development agencies to facilitate authorization and review of covered projects. [NOTE: Instead of the 50 states, Parag Khanna, a CFR globalist and self-styled “leading global strategist,” argues that America's new map should be based on regions, each with its own regional government. Read more at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/north-america/item/23169-cfr-globalist-end-u-s-states-build-china-style-regional-gov-t ] All environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (#NEPA) must be completed in a timely, coordinated, and environmentally responsible manner. The statute of limitations for judicial review of an agency’s approval of a covered project would be shortened from five years to 150 days, and courts could consider the potential for job losses and economic harm from using an injunction to block the project. In-Depth: After his bill passed out of committee in the Senate, sponsoring Sen. #RobPortman (R-OH) called his bill “very important” because the U.S. has “fallen to 41st in the world under the World Bank Annual Survey about how easy it is to get a project going.” He also noted that “both the AFL-CIO Building Trade Council and the Chamber of Commerce are strongly supportive of it.” http://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=56055f33-8a85-4c25-87fe-361571af76cb When asked why federal agencies can be so slow in dealing with permit applications, this bill’s cosponsor Sen. #ClaireMcCaskill (D-MO) said: “There are too many cooks in the kitchen. Someone lets it sit on their desk and forgets it, which is why we need to streamline and make things transparent.” http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/01/senators-feds-feel-no-sense-urgency-about-granting-permits-job-creating-projects/104052/ The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported a version of this bill introduced during the 113th Congress on the grounds that it would help “address the problem that far too many shovel-ready projects face today: lengthy project delays from endless environmental reviews and challenges result in lost opportunities to create jobs.” https://www.uschamber.com/letter/letter-federal-permitting-improvement-act-2013 Expressing opposition to this legislation, the Center for Effective Government says it would: “curtail the environmental assessment process and severely restrict the public’s opportunity to participate in the decision making process for federal projects.” http://www.foreffectivegov.org/portman-proposal-limits-environmental-reviews-and-public-input-proposed-development-projects Of Note: An example of the federal regulatory delays that can befall projects, the #KeystoneXL first filed an application with the State Department on May 4, 2012 — and it took until early 2014 for the State Department to publish its final Environmental Impact Statement. The project still has not received a final approval or rejection of its application. http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/ http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/documents/organization/221135.pdf http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/obama-unlikely-to-deliver-keystone-xl-decision-during-canadian-election?__lsa=8c9f-a5e0
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    Of course we need another level in government. One more office to make sure every one isn't doing the jobs we hired them to do. (SARCASM INSERTED)
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    This is the dumbest thing. Add another layer of bureaucracy to manage the bureaucracy? How about you just simplify the process? How about you make it the job of the people already in those positions and departments to become less of a dead weight burden on society themselves? Or just eliminate a bunch of these completely unnecessary processes altogether! Why do people in an allegedly free country need to have permits anyway?? A permit or license is the government taking away your right to do something and then selling it back to you.
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    More bureaucracy to reduce bureaucracy. Really? I have a novel idea, how about people put aside their petty differences and actually work for the American people.
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    No need to create more bureaucracy just to address existing bureaucracy. Try thinking out of the box instead.
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    This just sounds bad from the start. Once a new agency or department is created it stays. Bigger government. The best answer to end grid lock is to set term limits. That is what will finally get lawmakers moving.
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    This just seems like a way to sneak through more unpopular deals before the public truly understands what is going on.
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    We should be shrinking government, not expanding it.
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    *Yawn* Just another waste of lawmakers' time. Get on with streamlining it yourselves by introducing and passing laws that eliminate the wastage to begin with.
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    Just cut the red tap when it comes up to review instead of growing government.
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    As long as they're doing their job of streamlining which would tell me that it would be cost Savings in the long run I would agree.
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    Politics need to stay out of the work force and a lot more jobs would come fourth!
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    No need to add yet more bureaucrats to the process
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    Get the Feds out of our States. The states are responsible for what goes on within them.
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    YES YES YES. Eliminate and reduce red tape and bureaucracy whenever possible! Doing so should shrink the size of government and we must do so to CUT SPENDING NOW!!! WE ARE 18 TRILLION IN DEBT!!!
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    No more government agencies and programs
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    Yes, but they can't create law
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