Rep. Marino’s RAPID Act Deemed Critical to Reforming America’s Regulatory System

Nov 7, 2014 Issues: Congressional Issues, Economy and Jobs



November 7, 2014 

Rep. Marino’s RAPID Act Deemed Critical to Reforming America’s Regulatory System

Speaker Boehner Features H.R. 2641 in ‘5 Points for Jobs’ Plan

Williamsport—In July of 2013, Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County, introduced the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act as a way reform and expedite the approval and completion of critical energy and infrastructure projects. Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH-08) unveiled the Pillars of a Renewed Majority document which outlines a roadmap consisting of five pillars designed to grow our economy, create jobs and increase opportunity for upcoming generations of Americans.

Speaker Boehner featured Congressman Marino’s RAPID Act as part of that roadmap in which one of the five pillars calls for reform to our regulatory system. Congressman Marino has remained keen on reforming the regulatory structures of the federal government since arriving to the House of Representatives.

Congressman Marino issued the following statement about Boehner’s plan and the inclusion of the RAPID Act within it:

“I am deeply appreciative and encouraged by Speaker Boehner’s inclusion of my RAPID Act within his 5 Pillars. He and I hear from folks in our respective Districts just how stifling the federal government’s regulatory system has become, especially for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Ultimately costs of overkill regulation are passed on to consumers and one glaring example is the energy sector.

I have talked about the vast potential of America’s energy resources and the implications it has abroad for years but unfortunately our government gets in the way of our own successes. The Speaker has talked about this too and through his leadership, the fourth pillar of his plan contains a set of bills, one of which is my RAPID Act, from our colleagues that provides a vision of solutions for how we regain control of an unruly and costly regulatory system.

I introduced the RAPID Act because I witnessed first-hand the effects of overregulation across the 15 counties of my District. And my colleagues in the House could relate those experiences to their constituents as well. That is why the RAPID Act streamlines the regulatory and permitting process establishing reasonable deadlines for reviews of new projects. And it eliminates duplicative processes for environmental reviews while ensuring we remain good stewards of our lands and resources.

Republicans are not obstructionists. We have real reforms and reasonable solutions that benefit every American and the Speaker has done an excellent job articulating that with this plan. I believe we have a mandate to lead and promote these positive and commonsense solutions which can pass both chambers with bipartisan support.”

The RAPID Act passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan majority in March of 2014 by 229 votes to179. A few days later, the RAPID Act was received in the Senate where it has remained without any further consideration or debate.