Category: Advocacy

  • In case you missed it: “60 MINUTES” – “Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure”

    “There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart and, at least in one respect, they’re correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete,” said 60-Minutes’ Steve…

    Posted 11/24/14 at 10:44 AM

  • DON’T MISS “60 MINUTES,” SUNDAY, NOV. 23 – AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE IS “ON LIFE SUPPORT”

    Federal Highway Trust Fund  – Which Funds Road and Bridge Repair – is Nearly Broke Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells 60 MINUTES that many of the roads and bridges we drive on every day are “on life support.” What’s more, nearly 70,000 bridges in the U.S. are deemed structurally deficient.   “I don’t want to…

    Posted 11/21/14 at 12:36 PM

  • Invite Your New or Returning Member of Congress for a Visit

    Inviting your newly-elected or re-elected representative and senators to visit your facility or arranging a meeting with them in their district office before the 114th Congress convenes in January will serve to link the issues the aggregates industry champions with their own constituents.  Success will only be possible with your support for NSSGA’s effort to…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 9:53 PM

  • Tell Congress to Fix The Highway Trust Fund Before Year’s End

    A new Congress has been elected that will be seated in January, but work still remains for members of the current 113th Congress. Tell them today that their job is not done until they fix the Highway Trust Fund! Call your members of Congress now to urge them to use the lame-duck legislative session to…

    Posted 11/18/14 at 9:53 PM

  • BLOOMBERG NEWS INTERVIEW WITH UPS CEO ON THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE

    In an interview with UPS CEO Davis Abney by Bloomberg News, he discussed the following key points: Unless we start to invest in transportation infrastructure, there will come a time when huge snarls of traffic choke our nation’s economy. Years of political infighting and not investing holistically will constrict America’s growth potential. And worse, while…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:57 PM

  • THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS: CAN A NEW CONGRESS BAIL OUT TRANSPORTATION IN FIVE MONTHS?

    As the smoke cleared on a new political reality last week, transportation was a bit of an afterthought in the “what will the election mean for” discussion, which focused mostly on immigration, health care, trade agreements and tax reform. But if Congress and the White House are to agree on anything next year, there is…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:51 PM

  • LAME DUCK PUSH FOR HIGHWAY FUNDING SOLUTION CONTINUES

    The NSSGA-led Highway Materials Group sent a letter (see below) to Senate and House leaders Nov. 6 in advance of the congressional meeting with President Obama Nov. 7. The letter urges action to pass a funding solution to assure the stability and sustainability of the Highway Trust Fund in the lame-duck congressional session. Additionally, NSSGA President…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:47 PM

  • THE 114TH CONGRESS WILL SEE NEW CHAIRMEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL

    While much of the attention over the next few weeks will be focused on the Senate’s transfer of party control, the House will see numerous new faces in several key committee top spots for the aggregates industry.  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., will remain, but the retirement of Rep. Tom Petri,…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:43 PM

  • VOTERS NOT SURE HOW – OR IF – THEY WANT TO PAY FOR BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE

    Voters in several states across the country had the opportunity Nov. 4 to approve various transportation-related ballot initiatives that would provide more revenue or flexibility for infrastructure projects, and the results were mixed.  Texas voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to divert up to $1.5 billion per year from the state’s Rainy Day Fund into road…

    Posted 11/12/14 at 6:35 PM

  • CONGRESS – FIX THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND NOW BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

    NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson urges his membership to use the lame-duck session to their advantage and reach out to Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund now before the end of the year.      

    Posted 11/7/14 at 11:31 AM