Boehner: Hoover Dam couldn’t be built under Obama's 'reams of red tape'

Iconic public works projects including Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge wouldn’t be possible under the Obama administration’s regulatory policies, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE said Thursday. 

In an address to the National Association of Manufacturers, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) said the United States must be made back into “a nation of builders.”

“America’s greatness has always rested on our ability to build and produce things,” Boehner said. “Under the Obama administration, however, it’s become harder than ever to build in this country.”

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Boehner and other congressional Republicans have relentlessly criticized the administration for not doing more to slow the proliferation of federal rules, which they say has hamstrung businesses and slowed the economic recovery.

“Meanwhile, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, or even our highway system would be almost impossible to build in today’s regulatory environment,” Boehner said. “This administration would have us believe we can build a great nation on reams of red tape while operating a service economy with things built by earlier generations.”