In the new Congress, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee will have a new Chairman and Ranking Democrat. The Committee has jurisdiction over infrastructure spending and environmental regulations. It will be led by the new Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Democrat Tom Carper, D-Del.
Ashley Amidon, director of government affairs for NSSGA said “Senate EPW will certainly play an integral role in discussions of President-elect Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan, as well as on key regulatory issues such as the onerous Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. NSSGA is well-positioned with both Senators to have a significant impact on the policies coming out of the committee.”
Sen. Barrasso is a champion for overturning the Waters of the United States rule, which causes a permitting nightmare for aggregates producers. He is a tireless advocate against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. Sen. Carper is very active on surface transportation issues and is a proponent of increasing revenues into the Highway Trust Fund.
The Senate’s top leadership will be key to passing infrastructure packages and stopping burdensome regulations.
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