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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

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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

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

Our issues

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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

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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

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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

  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear WOTUS Petition

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the NSSGA-coalition petition regarding the proper venue for the multi-industry case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule on Jan. 13. “This is not a hearing on the merits of the rule, but whether the case should be heard first in the…

    Posted 1/20/17 at 4:00 PM

  • Welcoming President-Elect Trump to DC

    Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, welcomed President-elect Donald Trump to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the aggregates industry. “On the eve of your inauguration, I offer congratulations on behalf of more than 100,000 men and women in the stone, sand and gravel (or “aggregates”) sector who stand ready to work with you and…

    Posted 1/19/17 at 12:22 PM

  • NSSGA Says Pruitt Can Bring Order to EPA

    NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, a Washington, D.C. political website, that affirmed the industry’s support for Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Read and share the opinion piece. Pruitt is currently testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on…

    Posted 1/18/17 at 11:37 AM

  • MSHA Issues Final Rule on Workplace Exams

    MSHA issued a final workplace exams rule today, after months of comments and opposition from NSSGA and member companies. NSSGA is planning to seek the help of the incoming Trump administration to rescind or block the implementation of the rule because it does little to improve workplace safety. While the agency failed to estimate the…

    Posted 1/17/17 at 6:34 PM

  • Senators Urge Repeal of WOTUS Rule

    NSSGA was pleased to see that members of the U.S. Senate will not back down on forcing a withdrawal of the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., submitted a resolution that the sense of the Senate is “that clean water is a national priority, and…

    Posted 1/12/17 at 5:30 PM

  • REGULATORY BOX SCORE

    NSSGA compiles a snapshot of regulatory updates for members of the Pulverized Mineral Division. Check out this monthly glimpse of regulatory issues affecting the aggregates industry, including key permitting issues.

    Posted 1/12/17 at 2:00 PM

  • NSSGA Makes Final Push to Block MSHA Workplace Exams Rule

    In a last-ditch effort to thwart the Obama administration’s push of a deeply flawed MSHA workplace exams proposal, NSSGA officials met with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Info and Regulatory Information (OIRA) to stress that the rule is not necessary and that current regulations are sufficient to protect workers in…

    Posted 1/4/17 at 10:09 AM

  • Congress in the Quarries

    CalPortland hosted Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., visited a cement plant and Twin Peaks aggregate plant in Rillito, Ariz., on Nov. 28. “Having our members of Congress tour our operations shows them the importance of quarries and aggregates to our infrastructure and construction industries,” said CalPortland Senior Vice President of Corporate Services Steven Regis. “We were…

    Posted 12/21/16 at 11:05 AM

  • Water Infrastructure Bill Awaits President’s Signature

    The Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act or WRDA, cleared the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78-21 after passing the U.S. House of Representatives last week. The bipartisan bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for signature. WIIN provides much-needed certainty to our…

    Posted 12/12/16 at 12:36 PM

  • EPA Administrator Candidate Disapproves of WOTUS

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is an outspoken opponent of Obama Administration overregulation, and has filed lawsuits on behalf of the Sooner state against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule. Pruitt is president-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head up the EPA. “Respect for private property rights have allowed…

    Posted 12/9/16 at 2:00 PM