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Updates to NEPA Will Reduce Delays that Stifle Jobs and Investment

Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2022) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today:

LIUNA commends Sen. Sullivan’s Joint Resolution under the Congressional Review Act to re-establish long overdue updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA updates will reduce the burdensome requirements that cause excessive permit delays. Too often, communities in need of vital infrastructure and the hard-working men and women who build America are waiting on the sidelines as projects are subjected to onerous reviews.


Without the proposed reforms to the National Environmental Protection Act, long-overdue infrastructure projects will be jeopardized and good-paying union jobs sacrificed. The strong, proud, and united members of LIUNA are ready and willing to get to work building our nation but we need a more predictable and efficient system for permitting projects.


LIUNA strongly supports Senator Sullivan’s Joint Resolution, using the Congressional Review Act to overturn the recent rollback of the 2020 National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) updates and urges the full Congress to quickly vote in favor of this needed legislation.


The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build the United States and Canada.