The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 349), which would streamline the process for developers trying to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects. The bill also would establish concepts, definitions and best practices to ensure the federal review and permitting process is efficient and transparent. 

According to Associated Builders and Contractors, which endorses the bill, many federal projects “have been unnecessarily delayed or abandoned, resulting in millions of jobs being deferred or never created, because of a dysfunctional permitting process.” 

The legislation had bipartisan support with 21 cosponsors and a final vote of 233 to 170. It now awaits action by the U.S. Senate.