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
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
As gas taxes cover less and less of America’s infrastructure costs, policymakers have had to divert billions of dollars from the general fund and other non-transportation funds to pay for infrastructure. Jack Basso, chairman of the Mileage Based User Fee Alliance, and Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the Airports Council International – North America,…
Posted 5/3/16 at 6:15 PM
The third-generation executive of Bechtelsville, Pa.-based Martin Stone Quarries, Inc., Rod Martin received the 2016 Mark S. Walsh Award at the Young Leaders Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The award was created in memory of Mark S. Walsh, comptroller of Rein, Shultz and Dahl, and an active member of the Young Leaders Steering Committee. He…
Posted 5/3/16 at 4:59 PM
In a display of unity last seen with the FAST Act, the first multi-year highway bill in a decade, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking Democrat Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., joined forces to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, S. 2848, on April 28. NSSGA supported the…
Posted 5/2/16 at 3:02 PM
Rock Products reports that nationwide housing starts fell 8.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.089 million units in March. However, the data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department shows that overall starts are up at a double-digit rate from a year ago. Read the full story here.
Posted 4/28/16 at 9:20 AM
The Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association (MTBMA) recognized outstanding operators at their fourth annual safety banquet on April 22. Joseph Casper, NSSGA vice president of safety, called attention to outstanding NSSGA producer members in the state, Aggregate Industries, Blue Grass Materials, and Chaney Enterprises for success in eliminating injuries. “The success of all Maryland…
Posted 4/27/16 at 2:35 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft schedule for updating their particulate matter standard. According to the schedule, they are not planning to lower standards for at least another five years. If the EPA were to lower the particulate matter standard, it could result in stricter production limits for air permits. The previous standard was issued…
Posted 4/26/16 at 4:26 PM
For the first time, the Federal Highway Administration is considering measuring the success of transportation projects using greenhouse gas and other air emissions. The proposed rule, “National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program,” establishes new performance standards…
Posted 4/25/16 at 12:30 PM
Registration is open for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In on May 10-11. This year’s fly-in is being held just steps from Capitol Hill at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Join with your colleagues and advocate for the industry in D.C. Click here to create a new account and register…
Posted 4/24/16 at 4:00 PM
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $77.9 billion fiscal 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs spending bill on April 21 by a vote of 30-0. This bill has particular significance for the aggregates industry because it provides the funding for the FAST Act, the multi-year transportation bill passed by Congress last year. The bill provides full…
Posted 4/23/16 at 9:00 AM
Before the merits of the lawsuits brought against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule can be heard, the issue of what court has jurisdiction needed to be resolved. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asserted jurisdiction to hear suits brought against the EPA by NSSGA,…
Posted 4/22/16 at 4:00 PM