Advocacy

NSSGA represents the interests of the aggregates industry proactively before Congress, the White House and the federal government's departments and agencies. It is the only association that fully represents the aggregates industry from extraction to sales.

Action Center

Take action and contact your members of congress on issues that affect you and the aggregates industry. Also learn more about current issues affecting the aggregates industry through the NSSGA Action Center. Help us in making a difference

NSSGA's Agenda for the Second Session of the 114th Congress

This agenda details the legislative priorities of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) for the second session of the 114th Congress.

Our issues

NSSGA’s Legislative Agenda highlights the priorities of the association. The association’s top priority is passage of a multi-year surface transportation infrastructure authorization. In addition, NSSGA focuses on the potential effects of environmental, labor and business issues, which can impose increased costs and regulatory burdens on the aggregates industry – the foundation of America’s built environment.

Aggregates in Action grassroots network

Aggregates in Action (A2) is NSSGA’s grassroots network, designed to facilitate NSSGA member participation in the public policy process. The Legislative Action Center allows members to identify and communicate with their congressional representatives on the latest action alert. A2 also includes a key contacts program and recognition awards for the most involved grassroots and grasstops activists.

ROCKPAC

ROCKPAC is the only political action committee solely dedicated to advancing the aggregates industry’s priorities with federal candidates – standing up for the industry, expanding congressional awareness of it and the significant impacts of congressional actions on aggregates businesses.

Latest advocacy news

  • NSSGA’s 2017 Scholarships – Deadline Approaching!

    Current students and those entering college are invited to apply for one of NSSGA’s annual scholarships by June 9. The Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship is presented each year to a student who plans to pursue a career in the aggregates industry. This $2,500 scholarship was created to honor the memory of the late Barry K. Wendt,…

    Posted 5/24/17 at 1:45 PM

  • Workplace Exams Rule Delayed Until October

    MSHA has delayed the effective date of its controversial workplace examinations rule until Oct. 2. In addition to providing comments and working with aligned stakeholders, NSSGA briefed lawmakers with congressional oversight of MSHA in an effort to highlight the industry’s concerns with the new rule. The delay was announced in the Federal Register today, and…

    Posted 5/22/17 at 12:18 PM

  • Video: Vice President and Treasury Secretary Say It’s #TimetoBuild

    Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin addressed a crowd of business leaders yesterday at a special event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Patrick Dunne, NSSGA director of communications, captured some comments from Pence and Mnuchin about investing in business and removing burdensome regulations. “Vice President Pence and Secretary Mnuchin shared very positive messages…

    Posted 5/18/17 at 5:24 PM

  • Got 5 Minutes Today? Call Your Members of Congress!

    Today, more than 100 people from aggregates operations are talking with their members of Congress about the importance of a well-funded, stable source of funding for highway construction. Join this effort wherever you are today! Call the office of your member of Congress and ask them to support infrastructure funding. Simply dial 1-866-255-3207 to connect to the…

    Posted 5/18/17 at 10:00 AM

  • Aggregates Industry Prepares for Infrastructure Week 2017

    NSSGA calls on industry to participate in DC or from home ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 10, 2017 – Today, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced its participation in Infrastructure Week, which will take place from May 15-19. Businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and people around the country participate in this national advocacy and educational…

    Posted 5/12/17 at 1:54 PM

  • Infrastructure Week 2017: 4 Easy Ways to Get Ready

    Next week marks Infrastructure Week 2017, and it’s the perfect time for aggregates operations to educate their local lawmakers about the importance of investing in our aging infrastructure. Here are 4 easy ways to get involved! With just a few clicks at this website, you can tell your elected officials that now is the time…

    Posted 5/11/17 at 11:52 AM

  • Apply for an Environmental Excellence Award by June 15

    Last year’s Environmental Platinum Award winner Bullitt County Stone Co., a Rogers Group Inc. operation, stood out among peers with their innovative environmental practices. Recycling is a major priority for the operation, both old equipment and water, and they also help maintain a wildlife habitat and consistently train employees on sustainable environmental practices. These actions…

    Posted 5/10/17 at 12:00 PM

  • Engineering and Technical Committee Offers Solutions

    NSSGA’s Engineering and Technical Committee met during the association’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas to provide workable solutions to the industry’s challenges. Committee Chair Darin Matson, president and CEO of Rogers Group, Inc., said that committee members are working to encourage consistent design and product specifications between federal and state agencies. “Who better than engineers from…

    Posted 5/9/17 at 4:45 PM

  • Congressman Says Permitting Reforms Can Spur Growth

    In an opinion piece published in The Hill, a Washington D.C. publication, Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Ariz., highlights the positive ways that streamlining permits can improve aggregates production and infrastructure building. He told readers that aggregates are the “foundations for everything from railroads to seaports, power plants to wind farms, waste treatment facilities to communications grids…

    Posted 5/5/17 at 1:25 PM

  • Congress Avoids Government Shutdown

    Following the U.S. House of Representatives’ lead, the U.S. Senate today passed a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, sending the legislation to President Trump’s desk for signature in advance of the Friday deadline. This bipartisan deal tempers immediate concerns of a government shutdown and achieves more sweeping updates of federal funding levels than previously forecasted….

    Posted 5/4/17 at 3:20 PM