Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • “CREATING A CONSENSUS” TO PASS A HIGHWAY BILL STARTS WITH YOU

    The end of this month marks one-year until MAP-21 expires. Creating a consensus among members of Congress, the media and the public to pass a new multi-year highway bill on-time must become a national priority, otherwise that year will slip by quickly leaving us with the uncertainty that short-term extensions bring. NSSGA’s Aggregates in Action…

    Posted 9/20/13 at 7:28 PM

  • WASHINGTON SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO OVERHAUL HARBOR MAINTENANCE TAX

    Washington Sens. Patty Murray (D) and Maria Cantwell (D) introduced legislation on Sept. 17 to overhaul the harbor maintenance tax.  The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century is targeted at shippers that skirt paying U.S. taxes by diverting their cargos to ports in Canada and Mexico and then trucking them in or hauling…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:24 PM

  • HOUSE READY TO PASS STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS BILL

    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass on Sept. 18 the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R.761), a bill that defines aggregates as “strategic and critical” to the nation’s basic infrastructure.  H.R.761 was introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:23 PM

  • HOUSE WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS CHAIRMAN HOLDS STAKEHOLDER ROUNDTABLE

    House Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) held a stakeholders roundtable on Sept. 12 to hear issues of concerns from participants including NSSGA and other construction related organizations.  Chief on the agenda was the recently proposed U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Crystalline Silica rule.  While the 700-page rule is still being reviewed and…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:21 PM

  • HOUSE LEADERS SCRAP CR AMID GOP REVOLT

    Seek Plan B… Soon after members of Congress returned to Washington to begin the fall legislative session, opposition grew quickly to the House Republican leadership’s plan to pass simultaneously a short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded beyond the end of the fiscal year, and a concurrent resolution that would amend the spending…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:20 PM

  • Quality Growth

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA supports “quality growth,” responsible planning that acknowledges that the future livability of our communities depends on strong, comprehensive local planning.  Growth is inevitable in a free society.  Quality growth strives to accommodate growth in a manner consistent with a broad vision of a region’s future.  NSSGA supports comprehensive transportation planning that takes…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:17 PM

  • Environmental Streamlining

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA believes that for the sake of safety, productivity and the environment, initiatives to streamline the environmental review process for highways and airports should be a top congressional priority.  While Congress acted through passage of MAP-21 to eliminate many areas of the bureaucratic maze and to eliminate or consolidate unnecessarily redundant programs, it…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:17 PM

  • Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act

    NSSGA POSITION After five years of debate, 23 short-term extensions and a partial shutdown, Congress approved the final version of the long-delayed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.  President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658) into law on February 15, 2012. NSSGA supported passage of FAA reauthorization and the certainty…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:14 PM

  • Construction Materials Recycling

    NSSGA POSITION NSSGA and its member companies encourage life cycle re-use of products during manufacturing and post consumer use when it is cost effective and will bolster the nation’s sagging infrastructure without jeopardizing the future quality of that infrastructure or the environment.   BACKGROUND Millions of tons of asphalt concrete, portland cement concrete and other…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:10 PM

  • Endangered Species Act Reform

    NSSGA Position NSSGA believes that protection of endangered species and the regulation of land use are important public policy issues that should be addressed by Congress. We support a scientifically based program that takes a common-sense approach to protecting endangered species while recognizing private property rights and the need for continued economic growth. Background The…

    Posted 9/19/13 at 7:10 PM