Just one day after signing three major orders, President Trump took out his pen today to sign five more. The President signed a series of presidential memoranda on Tuesday that was designed to speed up various projects including the extremely controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Trump not only signed memoranda of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, but he signed to make all the piping material in the United States. After signing the documents for the pipelines, Trump made sure to reiterate that “It’s something that is subject to a renegotiation of terms by us.” He went on to say, “We’ll see if we can get the pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs.
According to USAToday.com, Trump signed the following four presidential memoranda and one executive order:
A memorandum expediting the Keystone XL PIPELINE, a proposed 1,179-mile cross-border pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska. In unusual language referring to a specific private company in a presidential directive, Trump invited Transcanada “to promptly resubmit its application.” He also ordered the secretary of State to make a decision within 60 days, fast-tracking existing procedural requirements.
A memorandum directing the secretary of the Army to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois that has been the subject of heated protests by American Indian groups and environmentalists. Because the pipeline crosses waterways, it needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A memorandum requiring the secretary of Commerce to come up with a plan to mandate American-made steel for all new, expanded or retrofitted pipelines in the United States. The plan is due in six months. “Going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers, back to work,” Trump said.
A memorandum to all federal agencies to review manufacturing regulations. The secretary of Commerce is required to seek input from the public on how to streamline those rules for 60 days, with a report to Trump containing proposals 60 days after that.
An executive order fast-tracking approval for “high-priority infrastructure projects.” Under Trump’s order, any governor or Cabinet secretary can ask for a project to be designated as high-priority. If the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality approves, the project will go to the front of the line for any agency required to review and approve the project.
Trump doesn’t beat around the bush at all. It’s nice to see things getting moved right away. What are your opinions on Trump’s speed? Let us know in the comments below!