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Fox News 11 Jan 2020

President Trump announces changes to the National Environmental Policy Act

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Reaction from National Association of Home Builders CEO Jerry Howard.


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NEIL: ALL RIGHT.
PART OF THIS EFFORT ON GETTING
RID OF A LOT OF RULES AND
REGULATIONS OR AT LEAST THE TIME
IT TAKES THEM TO BE COMPLETED IS
SOMETHING THAT HEARKENS BACK TO
THE EARLY ATTACKS ON THIS
PRESIDENT WHEN HE FIRST BECAME
PRESIDENT.
THE BOOM WITH FOR THE ECONOMY
STARTED WITH THE IMMEDIATE
IMPACT CERTAINLY FOR COMPANIES
WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT
WERE SUDDENLY LIFTED OFF THEIR
SHOULDERS AND BOOKS.
AND IT GOT THE BOOM GOING.
THE PRESIDENT WANTING TO DO THAT
RIGHT NOW AGAIN.
ENVIRONMENT WHERE AT LEAST
ADDITIONAL TAX CUTS FOR THE TIME
BEING LOOK UNLIKELY.
MY NEXT GUEST WAS AT THAT WHITE
HOUSE EVENT ARE.
JERRY HOWARD IS THE CEO OF THE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME
BUILDERS.
YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS
BEFORE, BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT
IT, THE ECONOMIC BOOM REALLY
PICKED UP STEAM BEFORE THE
PRESIDENT GOT HIS TAX CUTS.
IT STARTED WITH A LOT OF THE
RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HE
WAS PARING DOWN AND AT A
DRAMATIC PACE.
AND THAT WAS INSTANT MONEY TO
COMPANIES THAT HAD THE SAVINGS
AND IMMEDIATELY COMMITTED THEM.
IS THIS SORT OF PART TWO OF
THAT?
>> OH, ABSOLUTELY, NEIL.
WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAME IN AND
STARTED TALKING ABOUT EASING THE
REGULATORY BURDEN, IT REALLY
RESONATED WITH HOME BUILDERS
ACROSS THE WORLD.
AND I'LL TELL YOU, OUR INDUSTRY
IS THE MOST REGULATED INDUSTRY
IN THE WORLD, MORE THAN NUCLEAR
POWER, MORE THAN THE AIRLINE
INDUSTRY WHEN YOU TAKE INTO
ACCOUNT FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL
REGULATIONS.
SO THIS ADMINISTRATION EASING
THE FEDERAL REGULATORY BURDEN
HAS DONE WONDERS FOR BUILDERS'
CONFIDENCE WHICH MEANS THEY'RE
INVESTING IN THEIR BUSINESS,
CREATING JOBS AND BUILDING
HOUSING THAT AMERICANS CAN
AFFORD.
NEIL: SOMEONE WAS PELL --
TELLING ME THAT THE AVERAGE TIME
IT TAKES TO PROPOSE AND
ULTIMATELY COMPLETE LET'S SAY A
BRIDGE CAN BE UPWARDS OF A
BRIDGE.
I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S TRUE OR
NOT, BUT IT WAS STARTLING.
ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO
RAISE IS THE CRITICISM SOME
DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD OF IN THAT
THE PRESIDENT IS FORGOING HIS
ATTENTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT,
THAT IT ISN'T IMPORTANT TO HIM,
THAT A LOT OF THESE RULES AND
REGULATIONS ARE PROTECTING THE
ENVIRONMENT, AND HE'S JUST
SQUASHING IT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
>> THEY DO PROTECT THE
ENVIRONMENT, AND THE PRESIDENT
MADE IT VERY CLEAR AT THAT EVENT
AND SEVERAL OTHER TIMES THAT
I'VE HEARD HIM SPEAK ON IN THAT
HE WANTS CLEAN WATER, HE WANTS
CLEAN AIR.
WHAT HE WANTS IS DECISIONS MADE
QUICKLY, HE WANTS ANALYSIS DONE
IN A TIME THAT DOESN'T INCREASE
THE COST BURDEN TO PEOPLE WHO
ARE CREATING IMPORTANT
INFRASTRUCTURE AND
MUCH-NEEDED --
NEIL: HOW DO YOU BALANCE THAT?
IN OTHER WORDS, AS I'VE HEARD
FROM CRITICS -- A LOT OF
ENVIRONMENTALISTS WHO WERE
TELLING ME ON MY FOX BUSINESS
SHOW THAT THEY THINK THIS IS
RUNNING ROUGHSHOD OVER THAT,
VERY LITTLE IS GIVEN TO THE
ENVIRONMENT OR HOW WE CAN
PROTECT OUR AIR AND WATER AND
LETTING THESE GUYS GET WHATEVER
THEY WANT.
>> QUITE THE CONTRARY, NEIL.
WE HAVE SEEN OVER TIME
BUREAUCRATS WITH THEIR OWN
AGENDA OR OVERZEALOUS ADVOCATES
BECOME EXPERT AT FORCING DELAY
AFTER DELAY IN GETTING DECISIONS
ON THESE ENVIRONMENTAL
REGULATIONS.
IN FACT, THE SUPREME COURT
RECENTLY RULED THAT IF DECISIONS
AREN'T MADE QUICKLY, LANDOWNERS
AND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO CREATE
JOBS CAN GO DIRECTLY TO FEDERAL
COURT.
THAT'S HOW BAD IT'S GOTTEN.
THERE CAN BE ENVIRONMENTAL
SENSITIVITY, ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION, SAFETY PROTECTION
WITH A RAPID TURN AROUND.
WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO GET
THESE THINGS DONE.
AND YOU SAID IT TAKES NINE YEARS
TO GET A BRIDGE BUILT?
IN SOME PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY IT
TAKES OVER TEN YEARS FROM THE
TIME YOU AND I DECIDE TO BUILD A
HOUSE TO GET THE PERMITS BEFORE
THE FIRST SHOVEL GOES IN THE
GROUND, AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY

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