Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • HOUSE PASSES WRRDA CONFERENCE REPORT

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved the final conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act May 20 by a vote of 412 to 4.   NSSGA strongly supports the bipartisan WRRDA conference report that will have a lasting, positive impact on America’s water infrastructure, and has urged all members of Congress to…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:40 PM

  • NSSGA TO TESTIFY ON WATERS OF THE U.S. PROPOSED RULE

    The House Small Business Committee has scheduled a May 29 hearing focused on the small business impacts of the rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency regulating waters of the United States. Alan Parks, vice president of Memphis Stone and Gravel Company, will testify on behalf of NSSGA, and share his company’s experiences with water…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:33 PM

  • SENATE REPUBLICANS FILIBUSTER SENATE TAX EXTENDERS BILL

    The Senate May 15 fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the Senate bill extending more than 50 tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013.  Republicans filibustered the $85 billion tax cut package after Democrats refused to allow votes on Republican amendments. Tension has been building in the…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:32 PM

  • MENDEZ AND ROGOFF BEING NOMINATED FOR DOT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

    The White House May 14 announced that President Obama intends to nominate Victor Mendez to serve as U.S. Department of Transportation deputy secretary and Peter Rogoff as the next undersecretary for policy at U.S. DOT.  Both men have been serving in temporary acting roles since earlier this year. Prior to his nomination, Mendez led the…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:29 PM

  • KENTUCKY HIGHWAY INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

    The Kentucky Highway Industries Scholarship Committee, Frankfort, Ky., announced their 2014 Scholarship Award recipients. The total allocation of $59,500 will be distributed to the students during the 2014-2015 school year. Since 1998, $555,500 has been awarded to deserving students to help them achieve their educational goals. The Kentucky Highway Industries is comprised of the Kentucky…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:27 PM

  • MSHA TO HOLD TELECONFERENCE FOR TRAINERS ON RECENT MINE FATALITIES

    In the wake of recent fatalities in the metal/non-metal sector, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is hosting a teleconference for training professionals in mine safety on the topic of fatality avoidance.  Scheduled for Thursday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m. EDT, the webinar will consist of the same information presented to operators May 5….

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:21 PM

  • NSSGA TO CIRCULATE KEY BEST PRACTICES FOR FATALTY AVOIDANCE

    To help disseminate best practices for avoiding fatalities similar to those occurring in  the metal/non-metal sector since fall 2013, NSSGA’s Vice President of Safety Services Joseph Casper is presenting key ideas at an MSHA stakeholder summit Wednesday, May 21.  Hosted by the Georgia Construction Aggregates and Georgia Mining Associations, the summit will host MSHA Assistant…

    Posted 5/21/14 at 5:17 PM

  • NSSGA ENCOURAGED BY HOUSE PASSAGE OF WATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE REPORT

    The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the conference report on water resources legislation by a vote of 412 to 4. Six months of intense negotiations between House and Senate conferees produced a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming and streamlining an outdated bureaucracy, increasing flexibility for public-private investment and eliminating earmarks. The Senate may vote…

    Posted 5/20/14 at 6:07 PM

  • NSSGA on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Markup of Surface Transportation Bill

    Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.), today will mark up the chamber’s version of a surface transportation reauthorization bill. As drafted, the bill would authorize Highway Trust Fund programs at current levels plus inflation for six years. Ahead of this…

    Posted 5/15/14 at 2:08 PM

  • BOXER RELEASES SENATE TRANSPORTATION BILL

    Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a bipartisan, six-year surface transportation bill May 12 that would maintain spending on federal-aid highways at current levels plus inflation. The $252 billion bill would authorize new spending on freight programs, add award grants for states’ best practices that save time and costs, and maintain…

    Posted 5/14/14 at 5:18 PM