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.
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
This agenda details the legislative priorities of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) for the second session of the 114th Congress.
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 (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 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
Even though the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is currently under a judicial stay preventing implementations, NSSGA continues to keep pressure on Congress to fight this regulation that would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s jurisdiction over many areas previously not considered waters and increase costs permitting costs for aggregates operations and their customers. Fiscal…
Posted 5/26/16 at 5:29 PM
Congress will take steps to address the needs of America’s dams, locks, flood protection and other water resources infrastructure this week. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 reauthorization bill is expected to be marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, May 25. WRDA 2016 authorizes projects and activities related…
Posted 5/24/16 at 5:30 PM
A new survey from AAA shows that 70 percent of drivers are concerned about the poor quality of the country’s roads. This Memorial Day, far more drivers will be worried about potholes than traffic congestion (48 percent) and unsafe roads and bridges (36 percent). The survey also confirms that poor highway conditions hurt the pockets…
Posted 5/24/16 at 1:44 PM
NSSGA will take to the airwaves today (Tuesday, May 24) as part of a national radio media tour to promote the aggregates industry. Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, will talk with national news networks and local affiliates about the vital role that aggregates have in improving our country’s infrastructure and the many good-paying jobs available in this industry. The…
Posted 5/23/16 at 6:10 PM
NSSGA made a case against a planned rulemaking for workplace exams before the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), on May 13. MSHA is seeking to tighten the workplace exams rule which was issued last year, and NSSGA voiced concerns over those changes multiple times. OIRA serves as the final arbitrator on…
Posted 5/20/16 at 2:20 PM
Congress is making progress on bills that could impact the aggregates industry. The U.S. Senate advanced its 2017 transportation funding package today, with a total of $56.5 billion in funding for the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development and related Agencies (THUD). This bill will fund 99.5 percent of Fixing America’s Surface…
Posted 5/19/16 at 6:59 PM
The Obama administration continued its regulatory barrage against businesses today. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that more than doubled the salary threshold to qualify for overtime pay. NSSGA wants to know how this will affect your business. Please provide feedback in the comment section below. Effective Dec. 1, 2016, all workers,…
Posted 5/19/16 at 9:20 AM
MSHA is likely to issue a “limited” final rule on civil penalties (Part 100), which could mean that the rule proposed in July 2014 has undergone significant revisions but won’t be reproposed for public comment. Pat Silvey, MSHA deputy assistant secretary for operations, told NSSGA that she did not know when the final rule would…
Posted 5/18/16 at 1:11 PM
NSSGA and other members of the Highway Materials Group who supply the materials and equipment that build and maintain the nation’s roads, highways and bridges are renewing the push for increased highway funding during Infrastructure Week 2016. This week offers our industry the opportunity to highlight the importance of the nation’s transportation infrastructure to economic…
Posted 5/16/16 at 2:02 PM
It’s been said that moving an elephant can be difficult unless it is properly trained. Elephants tend to follow old habits unless properly trained to head in new directions. Lead your organization to a higher level of safety with tips and information from our Safety Leadership: Moving the Elephant webinar on Thursday, May 19 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern…
Posted 5/13/16 at 12:42 PM