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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

  • Repeal WOTUS, Members of Congress urge President-elect Trump

    Twenty-nine key Congressional leaders sent a letter to President-elect Trump urging the new administration to “rescind the harmful and flawed Waters of the U.S. rule” upon taking office.  NSSGA has met with most of these members over the past several years on this issue, noting the particular harm the rule would do to the aggregates…

    Posted 12/1/16 at 5:00 PM

  • Join NSSGA’s Annual Antitrust Webinar on Dec. 15

    NSSGA’s popular antitrust webinar, “The Antitrust Laws: What You Can, Can’t, and Should Do,” will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m. Eastern time. Companies in the aggregates industry are especially vulnerable to antitrust actions due to standard products, market concentration and sales to governments. An annual antitrust refresher shows that operators are aware…

    Posted 11/29/16 at 4:00 PM

  • Trump Names Chao As His Transportation Secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump has announced that Elaine Chao is his choice to serve as Secretary of Transportation in his cabinet. Chao previously served as Secretary of Labor in President George W. Bush’s administration and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush. She is also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,…

    Posted 11/29/16 at 2:59 PM

  • MSHA Drops Civil Penalties Rule from Fall Agenda

    NSSGA is proud to report that the Obama administration’s civil penalties reform effort appears to be over. In a major win for aggregates operators, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fall 2016 Agency Rule List shows that MSHA is no longer seeking to reform the system by which civil penalties are assessed against operators. “While we…

    Posted 11/23/16 at 1:41 PM

  • Grant Awarded to Rebuild Knoxville Runway

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority will be able to rebuild a 9,000-foot runway at McGhee Tyson Airport and extend it another 1,000 feet thanks to a $27.9 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant allows the airport authority to complete the next phase of a multiyear runway expansion in addition to repaving or…

    Posted 11/10/16 at 4:50 PM

  • REMINDER: Tune In to NSSGA’s Post-Election Report at 10:30 A.M. TODAY

    Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States and Republicans won majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Learn what this means for the aggregates industry during NSSGA’s free post-election virtual briefing, “From Congress to the Quarries,” at 10:30 a.m., Eastern time, today. Have your questions about the results of the 2016 elections…

    Posted 11/9/16 at 10:09 AM

  • Webinar: Manage Incident Investigations Effectively and Legally

    Did you miss “Legally Effective Incident Investigations” at NSSGA’s Annual Convention and AGG1 Academy & Expo in Nashville? You now have the chance to take in this highly-rated AGG1 Academy session from the comfort of your home or office as part of NSSGA’s AGG1 Online webinar series. This webinar will be broadcast live from 1-2 p.m., Eastern…

    Posted 11/7/16 at 4:58 PM

  • VOTE TUESDAY, JOIN NSSGA’S POST-ELECTIONS TELEFORUM WEDNESDAY

    Make your plans now to “Vote Aggregates” on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 8. NSSGA has an easy tool to help you find out who is on your ballot and polling place hours and locations. NSSGA also created a chart that voters can use to familiarize themselves on where presidential candidates stand on aggregates industry…

    Posted 11/4/16 at 5:00 PM

  • NSSGA and Smithsonian Working Together

    NSSGA and the Smithsonian Institute collaborated on educational materials for young people interested in geology and aggregates. This poster and other materials in the Q?rius program help students understand the link between geological events in the past and the stone, sand and gravel that come from today’s quarries.      

    Posted 11/4/16 at 2:30 PM

  • What If 10-Story Buildings Were Made of Wood?

    The Timber Innovation Act (TIA) provides federal funding and promotion of wood as a tall building material, defined as over 10 stories. The bill H.R. 5628 and S. 2892, is currently being discussed in Congress and could have important impacts on the aggregates industry. Join a free webinar at 2 p.m., Eastern time, Thursday, Nov….

    Posted 10/31/16 at 5:15 PM