U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, participated in a bipartisan, bicameral meeting with President Trump today to further discuss the infrastructure principles announced on Monday. After the meeting, Inhofe stated:
“This was a good meeting and we’re building on the success of recent infrastructure bills. President Trump gets it—we need a major infrastructure package to supplement existing programs and fix a broken regulatory process that does nothing but increase costs and delay needed projects. I know this better than anyone. As a builder and developer, I saw firsthand the limitations and burdens of the federal government’s duplicative permitting as I tried to grow my business, hire more people and expand the tax base. As a mayor, I felt the frustration of having to wait on bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. for every decision—even for projects wholly contained within Tulsa, Oklahoma. Local communities understand and appreciate we need to be making these common-sense changes and investing in all of our infrastructure.
“I’ve led several major, bipartisan infrastructure bills in the last few years with Barbara Boxer. In each one, we started the process for many of the regulatory reforms the president outlined on Monday. I look forward to working in both the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee on bipartisan legislation that reflects President Trump’s proposal.”