Category: Government

  • PRESIDENT VETOES JOINT RESOLUTION TO STOP NLRB AMBUSH RULE

    President Obama vetoed a joint House-Senate resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its “ambush election” rule March 31. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can stop, with the full force of law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or regulation or issuing a substantially similar regulation without congressional authorization….

    Posted 4/1/15 at 12:56 PM

  • CALLS FOR ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION CONTINUE

    Although Congress is in recess, calls for action on a multiyear surface transportation bill continue.  The Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative Democrats, has written Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and ranking Democrat Sander Levin, D-Mich., urging that the committee hold a hearing on the dwindling Highway Trust Fund. …

    Posted 4/1/15 at 9:43 AM

  • HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO ABOLISH THE DEATH TAX

    The House Ways and Means Committee voted March 25 on a 22 to 10 party-line vote to approve legislation permanently abolishing the federal estate tax also called the “death tax.” The measure now goes to the full House. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is expected to introduce a similar bill in the Senate. Under the current…

    Posted 3/27/15 at 2:18 PM

  • SENATE PASSES BUDGET; LEE AMENDMENT NOT VOTED UPON

    The Senate passed its version of the budget in the early morning hours of March 27 on a vote of 52 to 46.  The vote followed a marathon series of votes that lasted for hours and involved consideration of hundreds of amendments.  The Lee amendment, which would have created a point of order against any…

    Posted 3/27/15 at 10:51 AM

  • URGENT: LEE AMENDMENT AIMS TO HAMSTRING HIGHWAY FUNDING; CALL SENATORS NOW!

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has filed an amendment to the Senate budget that would create a point of order against any Highway Trust Fund revenue increase. This would greatly decrease the Senate Finance Committee’s flexibility to solve the HTF revenue problem, as well as create problems for offsets that the committee may use for a…

    Posted 3/26/15 at 5:46 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES BILL SLAPPING DOWN NLRB’S “AMBUSH ELECTION” RULE

    The House of Representatives voted March 19 by a margin of 232 to186 to adopt a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) “ambush election” rule.  The Senate passed the CRA earlier this month, so it now heads to the president who is expected to veto it. The NLRB’s…

    Posted 3/26/15 at 3:09 PM

  • ATTEND THE TCC FLY-IN AND TELL CONGRESS TO FIX OUR HIGHWAYS

    In less than a month, members of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) will descend on Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to pass a well-funded, multiyear highway bill. No more delays.  Americans deserve action and members of Congress should do their job.  It’s not too late to join them on April 14 and15. You can be a…

    Posted 3/25/15 at 4:56 PM

  • BUDGET DEBATES BEGIN IN HOUSE AND SENATE

    The House and Senate are on track this week to pass separate budget resolutions before recessing for Easter.  The House balances the budget after nine years by proposing $5.5 trillion in spending cuts and no net tax increases.  Both budgets establish “reserve funds” that would allow federal infrastructure spending to be increased above the 2015…

    Posted 3/25/15 at 12:51 PM

  • KEY ALLIES IN FIGHT FOR LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL ADDRESS NSSGA

    At NSSGA’s Closing General Session March 18, Bud Wright, executive director of the Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Gov. Bill Graves, President of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), joined NSSGA’s President and CEO Michael W. Johnson in a panel discussion on what it will take to move Congress to pass in a long-term, well-financed…

    Posted 3/19/15 at 10:15 AM

  • Guest Speakers Impart Critical Information for the Aggregates Industry at NSSGA Annual Convention Opening Session

    Congressman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke to a full room of NSSGA’s Annual Convention attendees. He noted that both sides of the political aisle are talking about a surface transportation bill. The question, he said, was the amount of money to fund it. Shuster emphasized that a fiscally responsible…

    Posted 3/17/15 at 5:00 PM