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Johnson Statement on Trump Administration’s Overhaul of Burdensome Environmental Regulations

 U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration released its proposed rule modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to facilitate more efficient, effective and timely environmental reviews:

“Since his first day in office, President Trump has pledged to cut bureaucratic red tape, and this overhaul of NEPA is another promise kept. While originally well-intentioned, NEPA has morphed into a vehicle for perpetual litigation, and it is just another illustration of government-imposed regulations continuing to burden hardworking Americans and the economy.

“In our region specifically, excessive delays have stalled critical infrastructure projects like the I-49 Inner City Connector, which has been held up in the NEPA process for nearly eight years. I applaud the Trump administration for putting the American people first by streamlining these crippling policies.”


  • On May 31, 2019, Johnson sent a letter to the Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Historic Preservation expressing frustration with the NEPA process and urging a swift review of environmental reports for the I-49 project. To read a signed copy of the letter, click here.
  • On February 14, 2019, Johnson sent a letter to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson expressing concerns with bureaucratic delays in the I-49 Inner City Connector NEPA process.  In the letter, Johnson asked Wilson to take action to streamline the environmental review for the I-49 project. To read a signed copy of the letter,click here.