U.S. businesses across the country, including natural gas and oil groups, are urging Congress to enact “meaningful, durable permitting reform” by summer’s end.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce organized the collaboration of more than 200 state and local chambers, as well as business, policy and labor organizations. In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, the groups asked legislators to revamp the “outdated” federal permitting process, as some infrastructure projects have been tied up for years.

“Our permitting system is fundamentally broken, and it is delaying the investments that we desperately need in energy, transportation, broadband, technology and countless other sectors,” said the Chamber’s Neil Bradley, chief policy officer. “It should never take longer to...