Hawley tears into permitting official over grid project

By Kelsey Brugger | 07/11/2024 06:58 AM EDT

The Missouri senator questioned land acquisition for an 800-mile transmission line that would travel through his state.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) argued that a transmission project in his state was hurting farmers. Francis Chung/POLITICO

This story was updated on July 12 at 12:34 p.m. EDT.

A Senate hearing Wednesday was the perfect setting for one Republican to air grievances over the building of a transmission line through his state. Such complaints are at the center of a long-standing congressional fight over a permitting overhaul package.

In the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) laid into President Joe Biden’s Permitting Council Executive Director Eric Beightel.


Hawley’s complaint centered on an 800-mile high-voltage transmission line that he noted was being fast-tracked by the federal government. He claimed the project was hurting Missouri farmers while benefiting a huge corporation.