Reps. Doug LaMalfa and Jenniffer González-Colón write in The Washington Examiner about steps that Congress can take to build resilient rual communities.
- There are several steps that Congress can take to build resilient rural communities, one of the most important being permitting reform.
- Burdensome permitting under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) delays forest management projects like mechanical thinning and prescribed burns by an average of 3.6 and 4.7 years, respectively.
- Antiquated laws like the Jones Act hurt coastal and island communities like Puerto Rico by severely delaying disaster relief supplies from arriving after hurricanes.
- Lawmakers can make America more resilient to natural disasters by modernizing laws and repealing outdated regulations.
Read the full article here.