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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Praises Passage of a Measure to Expedite Federal Permitting Processes

November 5, 2015
Press Release
"This amendment represented a fair, balanced and bipartisan compromise that sets firm and accountable parameters on permitting timetables."

Washington, D.C.—Shortly after midnight this morning, the House of Representatives passed an important regulatory reform amendment to the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (DRIVE Act) (H.R. 22) by a voice vote.

The amendment was sponsored by Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The measure amends the permit streamlining provisions in the bill to provide more clarity, and assurances that permit approval timetables will be adhered to without excessive and unwarranted extensions. 

Modeled on provisions in Marino’s RAPID Act (H.R. 348), which passed the House in September, this amendment recognizes that delay and uncertainty in the process for new construction and infrastructure projects undermines job creation and economic growth for hardworking Americans. Mr. Marino and Mr. Goodlatte’s provision was drafted on a bipartisan basis with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and complements their Federal Permitting Improvement Act (S. 280), the Senate companion to the RAPID Act. S.280 was adopted by the Senate within the DRIVE Act.

Congressman Marino said the following of this legislation’s path to passage:

“The RAPID Act has been around since I arrived to Congress in 2011. Since then I have been working to build a broader consensus on how we can modernize and streamline our nation’s broken permit approval process. I have been fortunate that colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and in both chambers of Congress, realize the critical nature of these reforms. These efforts were successful because, like most Americans, we agree that worthy projects should not be tied up for years on end, or even abandoned, due to excess red tape and undefined permitting timelines.

We succeeded because it is far past time to create jobs and stimulate the American economy. This amendment represented a fair, balanced and bipartisan compromise that sets firm and accountable parameters on permitting timetables. That is why it was included within this larger legislative package and received overwhelming support. This is another positive step forward in my efforts to reform America’s regulatory framework.”

Watch Marino’s speech in support of the amendment below:


Marino speaks on the floor about the RAPID Act

Rep. Marino speaks on the House floor early this morning in support

of his signature legislation.

Shortly after the vote, Rep. Marino and Chairman Goodlatte issued a joint statement praising today’s early House vote:

“We are pleased to see the House once again show support for legislation like the RAPID Act, which will expedite the federal permit approval process by setting real deadlines, instituting oversight on those who control the process, and cracking down on costly and time-consuming lawsuits.”

Our country’s burdensome and time-consuming regulatory process only adds to the American people’s frustration with the federal government. Bureaucratic red tape slows the permit approval process for infrastructure investment, and continues to be a barrier for many Americans who look to jobs on approved projects for stable employment.”

For more background on this major legislative achievement:

  • Click here to learn more about the RAPID Act, which provided the model for today’s amendment.
  • On September 25, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the RAPID Act with a bipartisan vote of 233-170.
  • On January 14, 2015, Congressman Marino reintroduced the RAPID Act for the 114th Congress.
  • In late March of this year the RAPID Act passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 15-11.
  • Marino’s RAPID Act was a featured part of former Speaker John Boehner’s “Pillars of a Renewed Majority” document
  • The RAPID Act also passed the House in the 112th and 113th Congresses.