The federal government is moving too slowly to approve new energy and other development and construction projects and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is introducing legislation to speed up the process.
"This is a big issue for our economy right now. We are through the federal government putting in place more and more barriers for people to do projects," said Portman in a conference call with Ohio reporters Thursday.
Portman says the U.S. ranks 17th in the world according to an International Monetary Fund study on how long it takes to get major projects under construction.
" It's not unheard of for a single energy project for instance to require 35 separate federal permits, and sometimes there's very little coordination. In other words they're not done concurrently, but added to one another to make the time delays a huge factor in peoples decisions to invest in projects," says Portman.
He says the bureaucratic delays are hampering the nation's economic recovery.
Portman says he has bi-partisan support for the bill and labor support from the AFL-CIO.