TRUMP CEO TOWN HALL: CUT RED TAPE, BUILD HIGHWAYS FROM 20 YEARS DOWN TO 4 MONTHS TO A YEAR

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President Donald Trump, flanked by DJ Gribbin, Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy, left, and Reed Cordish, Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives, looks at a chart of the regulatory process to build a highway

 

Recap of Donald Trump CEO town hall meeting with 52 business leaders from New York on Tuesday:

  • Trump demonstrate through a chart how ‘a highway built was ‘anywhere from a 10 to a 20 year process’ involving 17 agencies and ‘hundreds and hundreds of permits.’
  • Trump to cut the red tape: ‘We are going to try and take that process from a minimum 10 years down to one year. I said can’t we make it 4 months?’ Trump said. ‘But we’ll be satisfied with a year, but it won’t be any more than a year.’
  • Trump said that money doled out by his administration will go to ‘shovels, not on other programs,’ and projects will have to start in 90 days. 

 

 

Below is article from Daily Mail: I’ll spend $1 TRILLION or even more on infrastructure vows Trump as he vows to cut ‘horrible’ red tape that makes building a highway take 20 years  

 

( Daily Mail ) President Trump complained about the lengthy approval process for getting a highway built by brandishing a flow chart that was taller than he is on Tuesday.

The president had an aide bring a multi-colored chart on stage that stretched from above his head down to the floor.

‘Could you bring that chart please? Do you mind. Let me see that chart. This is sort of incredible. That’s so beautiful,’ Trump said.

‘This is, to build a highway in the United States. Now this was just done yesterday. I saw it for the first time. I said, “You know I’m speaking to some of my friends who are builders. Really great builders. And they’ve gone through the process,” ‘ Trump said. 

He said getting a highway built was ‘anywhere from a 10 to a 20 year process’ involving 17 agencies and ‘hundreds and hundreds of permits.’ 

‘And it costs sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars just to go through the process.’

Not only does he plan to cut through all that red tape and reduce the process to a year, Trump promised ‘a very major infrastructure bill of a trillion dollars, perhaps even more.’

An infrastructure bill of a similar magnitude was approved during the previous administration, he claimed, tearing into Barack Obama’s stimulus package.

‘Nobody ever saw anything being built. I mean, to this day, I haven’t heard of anything that’s been built,’ Trump said Tuesday. ‘They used it on social programs and we want this to be on infrastructure.’

Trump said he’s working with two friends who are builders – Steve Roth and Richard LeFrank – who ‘know how to get things done, they know how to cut red tape and we’re going to give them the advantage of having what we have.’

Trump said that money doled out by his administration will go to ‘shovels, not on other programs,’ and projects will have to start in 90 days. 

… The president  hailed his EPA head, Scott Pruitt, who he said is ‘an environmental person, he wants clean air, he wants clean water, but he doesn’t think it takes you 26 years to get a permit and to build a building and to have jobs.’

‘We are going to try and take that process from a minimum 10 years down to one year.

‘I said can’t we make it 4 months?’ Trump said. ‘But we’ll be satisfied with a year, but it won’t be any more than a year.’

The aide who held the chart, DJ Gribbin, explained: ‘So this is not a specific project, so this is the type of process that a state government would have to go through to permit a highway federally.’

Read more: I’ll spend $1 TRILLION or even more on infrastructure vows Trump as he vows to cut ‘horrible’ red tape that makes building a highway take 20 years  

 

 

Trump acknowledged that the maze of regulations 'gave us an advantage if you could get through the process'

 

 

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