Category: Government

  • Advising the Trump Transition Team

    Preparing for America’s 45th president is a historic and formative time. The incoming Trump administration will feature 3,800 political appointees, selected over the next 18 months, who will implement presidential policies at each regulatory agency, including MSHA. NSSGA is diligently working to inform the transition team about viable candidates for key administration positions who understand…

    Posted 11/21/16 at 2:23 PM

  • NEW SENATE LEADERSHIP LOOKS FAVORABLE TO AGGREGATES INDUSTRY

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee – which has jurisdiction over infrastructure spending and environmental regulations– will have a new Chairman and Ranking Democrat in the new Congress. The committee will be led by the new Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Democrat Tom Carper, D-Del. Ashley Amidon, director of government affairs for NSSGA…

    Posted 11/17/16 at 4:53 PM

  • Republicans May Advance an Infrastructure Bill Next Year

    President-elect Donald Trump has made infrastructure investment a top priority for his new administration and now House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has weighed in, telling reporters today that such a bill could be a priority for Congress next year. “I think the infrastructure of America is lagging far behind. I think this is one…

    Posted 11/14/16 at 4:50 PM

  • Know Where the Candidates Stand Before Voting

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each promised to make increased infrastructure spending a priority should they win the upcoming election. Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is a key priority for anyone who works in the aggregates industry, but there are additional issues that voters should also consider when casting their ballots on…

    Posted 10/27/16 at 12:15 PM

  • NSSGA Opposes Timber Building Bill

    Today, pro-lumber members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would direct government funding towards studying the benefits of wood over traditional construction materials in tall residential and commercial projects. “NSSGA is very disappointed to see members of Congress foregoing marketplace fairness by using federal funding to show preference to one building material…

    Posted 7/6/16 at 6:25 PM

  • TOXIC SUBSTANCES MODERNIZATION BILL MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS

    For the first time in 26 years, Congress is updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which governs the regulation of hazardous chemicals.  The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on May 24, and it is expected to be taken up by U.S. Senate in early June. “An update of TSCA is long overdue,”…

    Posted 5/27/16 at 11:27 AM

  • Bat Habitat Less Likely to Conflict with Permitting

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will not designate critical habitat for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB).  This decision removes an additional, unnecessarily burdensome hurdle to development of new or expanded aggregates operations. The NLEB is found in a variety of forested habitats in summer and hibernates in caves and mines in winter…

    Posted 5/4/16 at 2:36 PM

  • Letter from NSSGA President / CEO Mike Johnson to Chairman Ryan

    September 14, 2015 The Honorable Paul Ryan U.S. House of Representatives 1233 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Chairman Ryan: The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association wants to thank you for working to secure new sources of surface transportation funding. We are encouraged by your recent remarks that you are seeking to…

    Posted 9/14/15 at 12:41 PM

  • NSSGA Applauds Senate, Challenges Congress to Stand up for America’s Infrastructure

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 30, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association welcomed the Senate’s approval of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, the first six-year authorization of surface transportation funding to be produced in a decade. NSSGA hopes that Congress will use this surface transportation bill as a blueprint for…

    Posted 7/30/15 at 2:45 PM

  • CORPS BLASTS WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    The Army Corps of Engineers had clear reservations from the start over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Several Corps documents obtained by Congress show that the Corps disagreed with multiple legal, scientific and technical aspects of the EPA’s proposal. In the documents, the Corps claims their organization was “not part…

    Posted 7/29/15 at 9:30 AM