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Chairman Walden on Administration’s Memo to Expedite Infrastructure Project Approvals


04.09.18

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement after the heads of several agencies, including EPA, DOE, and FERC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects.

“With these signatures today, the administration has taken another important step to ensure we get important infrastructure projects built on time. Duplicative permitting processes and bureaucratic red tape are hindering economic growth, keeping people from work, and preventing us from capitalizing on our energy abundance. We will continue to work on solutions here at the Energy and Commerce Committee to further advance the nation’s infrastructure, grow the economy, and empower consumers.”

E&C Infrastructure Efforts by the Numbers:

6 – the number of E&C infrastructure-related bills signed into law so far this year.

24 – the number of #SubEnergy and #SubEnvironment infrastructure bills that have passed the House. Several more have passed the full committee or have been reviewed in legislative hearings.

25 – the number of #SubCommTech infrastructure bills reviewed during a recent legislative hearing.

48 – the number of infrastructure-related hearings held by E&C during the 115th Congress.

#SubEnergy and #SubEnvironment Infrastructure Bills:

Pipeline Infrastructure

  • H.R. 2910, Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2883, Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (PASSED HOUSE)

Hydropower Bills

  • H.R. 2872, Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2880, Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2828, To Extend the Deadline for Commencement of Construction of a Hydroelectric Project (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2786, To Amend the Federal Power Act with Respect to the Criteria and Process to Qualify as a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2457, J. Bennet Johnston Waterway Hydropower Extension Act of 2017 (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2292, To Extend a Project of the Federal Energy Commission Involving the Cannonsville Dam (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2274, HYPE Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 2122, To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph Dam (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 951, To extend the deadline for commencement of a hydroelectric project (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 446, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 447, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project (PASSED HOUSE)

Environment Related

  • H.R. 3017, Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Signed into law as part of the FY2018 Omnibus)
  • H.R. 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (PASSED HOUSE)

Energy Efficiency and Security

  • H.R. 587, Fair RATES Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 627, Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017 (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 306, Energy Efficient Government Technology Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 3050, Enhancing State and Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 590, Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 1109, To amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 338, To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce (PASSED HOUSE)
  • H.R. 1733, To direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of lubricating oil. (PASSED HOUSE)

Drinking Water

  • H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act (PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE)

Nuclear Waste Storage

  • H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (PASSED THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE)

To learn more about the committee’s energy and environment infrastructure initiatives, click here.

#SubCommTech Infrastructure Bills:

  • H.R. 4847, the Broadband Deployment Streamlining Act of 2018 (SIGNED INTO LAW)
  • H.R. 4800, the Broadband Conduit and Deployment Act (SIGNED INTO LAW)
  • H.R. 4798, the Inventory of Assets for Communications Facilities Act of 2018 (SIGNED INTO LAW)
  • H.R. 4795, the Communications Facilities Deployment on Federal Property Act of 2018 (SIGNED INTO LAW)
  • H.R. 4810, the Making Available Plans to Promote Investment in Next Generation Networks Without Overbuilding and Waste (MAPPING NOW) Act of 2018 (SIGNED INTO LAW)
  • H. Res. 687, To express the sense of the House of Representatives that Federal, State, and local taxes, fees, regulations, and permitting policies should be coordinated and reconciled to maximize the benefits of broadband investment. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H. Res. 689, To express the sense of the House of Representatives that any infrastructure legislation that provides Federal funds to wireless broadband providers to promote wireless broadband deployment should prioritize funds for those in States that have enacted streamlined siting requirements for small cells. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H. Res. 690, To express the sense of the House of Representatives that no Federal funds granted, awarded, or loaned should be used to fund broadband infrastructure projects where another broadband service provider is already offering service or where funds are already being leveraged to build-out services. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H. Res. 691, To express the sense of the House of Representatives that any infrastructure legislation to promote broadband internet access service should treat all broadband and communications facilities in a competitively and technologically neutral manner. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H. Res. 701, To express the sense of the House of Representatives that any NEPA studies conducted for broadband deployment should be limited to the area of impact. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4802, the Streamlining and Expediting Approval for Communications Technologies Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4813, the Wireless Internet Focus on Innovation in Spectrum Technology for Unlicensed Deployment (WIFI STUDy) Act. (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4817, the Promoting Exchanges for Enhanced Routing of Information so Networks are Great (PEERING) Act of 2018 (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4832, the Restoring Economic Strength and Telecommunications Operations by Releasing Expected Dollars (RESTORED) Act of 2018 (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4842, the Streamlining permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure (SPEED) Act of 2018 (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4845, Connecting Communities Post Disasters Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4881, Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 2903, Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 2479, the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s (LIFT) America Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 3994, the Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand (ACCESS BROADBAND) Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4287, the Broadband Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4814, the Community Broadband Act of 2018 (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4858, the Clearing Local Impediments Makes Broadband Open to New Competition and Enhancements (CLIMB ONCE) Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 1581, Tribal Digital Access Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 1546, Rural Wireless Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING)
  • H.R. 4876, Connecting Broadband Deserts Act (REVIEWED AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING 

To learn more about the committee’s work on broadband infrastructure, click here.

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