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.

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.

ADVOCACY NEWS

  • Someone’s Living the Suite Life in D.C.

    Joe Carnahan, general manager at Luck Companies, will live the “suite life” during NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting, Sept. 24-28, in Washington, D.C. Carnahan, a member of the Young Leaders Steering Committee, was drawn at random for an upgrade to a suite at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill for his stay…

    Posted 9/18/17 at 9:00 AM

  • Congress in the Quarries

    Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, visited Martin Marietta’s Southwest, Cement and Southwest Ready Mix divisional headquarters office in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 23. “We appreciated that the congressman took time out of his very busy August recess to visit our divisional offices,” said David Perkins, vice president of environmental, government…

    Posted 9/16/17 at 12:00 PM

  • Recognizing Outstanding Environmental Stewardship and Leadership

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 14, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Environmental Excellence, Stars of Excellence and the Environmental Leadership Awards. “I am proud to congratulate these award recipients, as they continue to make an outstanding difference in our industry by fostering environmental stewardship and…

    Posted 9/14/17 at 12:30 PM

  • EPA Announces Public Meetings on WOTUS Revision

    NSSGA urges member companies to comment on the withdraw of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule by Sept. 27. The association has drafted a template that can be useful for members to let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) know that the WOTUS rule would have harmed the entire aggregates industry by unlawfully expanding…

    Posted 9/13/17 at 5:41 PM

  • MSHA Proposes Major Changes to Workplace Exams Rule

    MSHA announced major changes to its Workplace Examinations Rule today. The agency is proposing an extension of the effective date from Oct. 2, 2017 to March 2, 2018, and to allow the exams to be occur “before work begins, or as miners begin work in that place.” MSHA said that the effective date extension is needed…

    Posted 9/11/17 at 5:49 PM

  • NSSGA Announces Recipients of Grassroots Awards

    ALEXANDRIA, VA., Sept. 7, 2017 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) will recognize outstanding industry advocates at the association’s upcoming Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board meeting, Sept. 24-28. The 2017 NSSGA Grassroots Awards will be presented to individuals for educating policymakers on the value of the aggregates industry and explaining how certain…

    Posted 9/7/17 at 9:27 AM

  • NSSGA’s Griesemer Tells Congress to Curb Over-Regulation

    Louis Griesemer, from Missouri-based Springfield Underground, called on the House Small Business Committee to take action on burdensome and conflicting regulations that cause project delays and harm small operations.  “I want to be clear, that I am not against regulation, nor is NSSGA,” said Griesemer, who also serves as the as the co-chair of the…

    Posted 9/6/17 at 1:26 PM

  • Last Chance to Book Your Room in D.C.

    Sept. 5 is the deadline to register for the NSSGA hotel block for the Legislative & Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting. Join more than 250 people from the aggregates industry for professional development, special events and a day of advocacy in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-28. Make a reservation at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill…

    Posted 9/5/17 at 2:00 PM

  • NSSGA to Testify Before Congress’ Small Business Committee

    Louis Griesemer, of Springfield Underground, will address the effects of overly-burdensome regulations on the aggregates industry with the House Small Business Committee. Griesemer will testify during the “Expediting Economic Growth: How Streamlining Federal Permitting Can Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses” hearing led by Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio. Watch the hearing live at 11 a.m.,…

    Posted 9/1/17 at 11:45 AM

  • M&S Division Awards 2017 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship

    Photo: Dr. Erik Westman, head of Virginia Tech’s department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, presents the 2017 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship certificate to Gregory Meyer. NSSGA’s Manufacturers & Services (M&S) Division selected Gregory Meyer, a senior at Virginia Tech, as the recipient of the 2017 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. Meyer, who is pursuing a…

    Posted 8/31/17 at 8:00 AM