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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RAPID Alternate Acronymification

The House will soon be considering Rep. Tom Marino's  (R., PA) RAPID (Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development) Act of 2013. The bill is designed to "establish procedures to streamline, increase the efficiency of, and enhance coordination of agency administration of the regulatory review, environmental decision making, and permitting process for major actions that are construction activities undertaken, reviewed, or funded by federal agencies." The measure, however, seems somewhat similar to the ALERT Act this blog covered last week. 

The proposal has also been subject to alternate acronymification of its name by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who today mentioned that the House is likely to take up the "Regrettably Another Partisan Ideological Distraction (RAPID) Act."

Alternate acronymification has recently been on the rise in Congress, and this blog has noted other instances of such title modifications, or 'reframing' as some linguists and political scientists would call it. 

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