Jenkins joins Trump for infrastructure changes
by Ron Gregory
Washington, DC – Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins, a West Virginia Republican, joined President Donald Trump today for an announcement on new initiatives to speed highway construction across the nation.
“Investing in infrastructure isn’t just about building roads, it’s about getting our country moving again,” Jenkins said. “Highways connect communities, keep drivers safer, and open up new business opportunities. I appreciated President Trump’s offer to join him today for this important announcement and know his vision and leadership will produce results. As go the roads, so go the jobs – and we need more of both in West Virginia.”
At the event, Trump announced his plans to cut through permitting red tape to speed up construction of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.
“State and local leaders will have more power to decide which projects get built, when they start and how they are funded,” the president said.
Trump said he will set up a council to help project managers navigate the permitting process and speed up approvals. Any federal agency that consistently delays projects by missing deadlines will face tough new penalties, he said.
“It took only four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge and five years to build the Hoover Dam – but today it can take ten years just to get the approvals and permits needed to build a major infrastructure project,” the president said.
The event was held at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington.