4.1.1

Communications

NSSGA regularly provides timely comments, testimonies and letters to government officials on behalf of the aggregates industry.

  • HIGHWAY INDUSTRIES SEND LETTER TO CONGRESS PLEADING FOR ‘ROBUST,’ LONG-TERM HIGHWAY FUNDING

    The highway industries sent a letter to Congress pleading for “robust,” long-term highway funding. The letter urged Congress to “act now” to avoid prolonging the infrastructure funding crisis “that is the result of failure to provide long-term stable funding for transportation.” Lobbyists including transportation officials, equipment manufacturers and other concerned businessmen and women sent a…

    Posted 9/17/14 at 5:10 PM

  • NSSGA TO CONGRESS: YOUR WORK IS NOT DONE

    NSSGA sent a letter to all members of Congress Sept. 9, not only to acknowledge the passage of another extension for the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015, but also to implore them to finally address the long-term stability and sustainability of the program now.  It asks them not to wait until next Congress to develop…

    Posted 9/10/14 at 10:53 AM

  • NSSGA SUBMITS COMMENTS ON SILICA RULEMAKING

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association filed its latest set of comments Aug. 15 with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. NSSGA comments can be found here. OSHA’s proposal is important to aggregates producers because some operations are under OSHA jurisdiction;…

    Posted 8/19/14 at 7:56 PM

  • The Highway Materials Group Letter to the Senate on The Highway Trust Fund Fix

        Dear Members of the United States Senate:   The Highway Materials Group, comprised of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the American Concrete Pavement Association, the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, the Portland Cement Association and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, urges you to vote for H.R. 5021,…

    Posted 7/28/14 at 4:13 PM

  • NSSGA Support Letter to ALL Senate on the Highway Trust Fund Patch

    July 23, 2014 Dear Senator,   The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) urges you to support H.R.5021, the “Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014,” a bill that was overwhelming passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and soon will be on the Senate floor. America’s highway and public transportation programs are facing…

    Posted 7/24/14 at 8:36 PM

  • NSSGA SUBMITS FORMAL COMMENTS ON OSHA’S PROPOSED SILICA RULE

    NSSGA submitted formal comments to the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the agency’s proposed standard that would regulate occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica on Feb. 11, 2014. The proposal is important to NSSGA members because it directly affects the operations of many vertically-integrated members, and because the U.S. Mine Safety and…

    Posted 2/11/14 at 10:25 PM

  • Letter to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Supporting Full Funding of State Grants

    January 14, 2014 Mr. Jeffrey Duncan Director Educational Policy and Development U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration 1100 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, Virginia  22309 Dear Jeff, In recognition of the important role played in mine safety and health by effective training programs historically supported by the State Grants program authorized by Section 503 of the 1977…

    Posted 1/14/14 at 2:48 PM

  • 2013 Government Affairs Accomplishments Letter

    Before we usher in the new year and begin to tackle its many challenges, we pause to reflect on the past year…

    Posted 12/24/13 at 6:02 PM

  • Commending Chairman Barbara Boxer on the Passage of WRRDA

    The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) commends both the House and Senate on drafting and passing two truly bipartisan bills to maintain and strengthen America’s vital water infrastructure.

    Posted 11/21/13 at 5:57 PM

  • Comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Draft Report

    Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific
    Evidence (September, 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/-98B).

    Posted 11/6/13 at 9:36 PM

  • NSSGA Urges the House to Pass WRRDA Bill

    On behalf of the membership of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I urge you to support the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

    Posted 10/22/13 at 7:28 PM

  • CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS POISED TO END SHUTDOWN, AVOID DEFAULT

    With the Oct. 17 deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling now only hours away, Senate party leaders appear to be putting the finishing touches on a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default.

    Posted 10/16/13 at 8:29 PM

  • Expressing Support for H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013

    We are writing to express our support for H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation would reform the regulatory process to ensure that all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses across America.

    Posted 7/30/13 at 5:53 PM

  • LETTTER TO MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE REGARDING “NATURAL STONE” CHECK-OFF

    Dear Chairman Lucas and Mr. Peterson: It has come to our attention that an amendment to H.R.1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) of 2013, was adopted prior to committee approval providing for a check-off program for “the products of natural stone,” which are not otherwise defined. The National Stone, Sand &…

    Posted 6/7/13 at 4:09 PM

  • Urging Members of the Senate to Oppose S. 791 “Follow the Money Act of 2013″

    The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose S. 791, the “Follow the Money Act of 2013,” which would significantly restrict the ability of independent groups, including the business community, to exercise their First Amendment rights and engage in political speech.

    Posted 5/23/13 at 5:26 PM

  • Thanking Representatives for the Support of H.R. 4348

    Dear Representative:   Thank you for supporting H.R. 4348, legislation that not only extends the highway program, but provides a vehicle for the House to move forward to conference negotiations with the Senate on passage of a multi-year highway bill. Your vote for this bill puts us on a path towards the long-term certainty that…

    Posted 4/20/13 at 5:14 PM

  • Urging Senators to Include Surface Transportation within the Continuing Resolution Funding

    On behalf of the membership of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), I urge you to include within the Continuing Resolution funding that will maintain the increases for surface transportation included in the two-year highway and public transportation reauthorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

    Posted 3/8/13 at 5:38 PM

  • Urging Congress to Ensure MAP-21′s Promised Obligations to Highway Improvements and Public Transportation

    Accordingly, we urge you to ensure MAP-21’s promised obligation limitations of $39.7 billion for highway improvements and $10.6 billion for public transportation are realized in FY 2013.

    Posted 2/25/13 at 6:00 PM

  • Congratulations Letter to the New Members of the U.S. Senate

    The National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (NSSGA) congratulates you on your election to the United States Senate. NSSGA represents the crushed stone, sand and gravel—or construction aggregates—industries.  Our member companies produce more than 90% of the crushed stone and 70% of the sand and gravel consumed annually in the United States.  The director of…

    Posted 1/3/13 at 3:19 PM

  • Congratulations Letter to the New Members of The U.S. House of Represenatives

    Dear Congressman:   The National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (NSSGA) congratulates you on your election to the United States House of Representatives. NSSGA represents the crushed stone, sand and gravel—or construction aggregates—industries.  Our member companies produce more than 90% of the crushed stone and 70% of the sand and gravel consumed annually in the…

    Posted 1/3/13 at 2:52 PM

  • Urging Congress to Reach an Agreement Before Current Transportation Bill Extension Expires

    The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association appreciates that Congress has progressed a surface transportation reauthorization bill to conference and we urge you and your fellow conferees to reach agreement by early June so that a bill can be enacted prior to the expiration of the current and ninth extension of the law on June 30.

    Posted 5/16/12 at 5:17 PM

  • Urging Conferees to Reach An Agreement on a Transportation Reauthorization Bill

    The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association appreciates that Congress has progressed a surface transportation reauthorization bill to conference and we urge you and your fellow conferees to reach agreement by early June so that a bill can be enacted prior to the expiration of the current and ninth extension of the law on June 30.

    Posted 5/12/12 at 4:50 PM

  • Expressing Concern Over Representatives Vote Against H.R. 4348

    I am writing to express my concern over your vote against H.R. 4348, legislation that not only extends the highway program, but provides a vehicle for the House to move forward to conference negotiations with the Senate on passage of a multi-year highway bill.

    Posted 4/20/12 at 5:10 PM

  • Letter to Reps. John Mica and Nick Rahall Expressing Support for H.R. 7

    The Honorable John Mica Chairman House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.  20515 The Honorable Nick Joe Rahall Ranking Member House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Mica and Ranking Member Rahall: We write to express support for H.R. 7, the American Energy and…

    Posted 2/1/12 at 4:13 PM

  • Letter Urging Congress to Support The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act

    February 1, 2012 Dear Member of Congress: cc: Hon. John Mica, Chairman, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Hon. Nick Rahall, Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee The members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) urge you to support the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R.7), a multi-year surface transportation bill…

    Posted 2/1/12 at 3:22 PM