Senator Cassidy: Slow Permitting Process Hurts Coastal Restoration Effort

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy appeared before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week to introduce Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition Director Steve Cochran for a hearing on America’s water infrastructure needs and challenges.

Cassidy warned that even as Louisiana is losing land by the minute, the federal government’s outdated and inefficient environmental review and permitting process is hamstringing the state’s efforts to address the crisis.

The senator recently led a successful effort to include a provision in Republicans’ tax cut legislation that will provide tens of millions of dollars for coastal restoration in Louisiana.

Last month, Cassidy also hosted U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke in Louisiana for discussions focused on coastal restoration efforts.