Category: Government

  • Congress Questions MSHA on Enforcement

    The U.S. House Workforce Protections Subcommittee posed pointed questions to MSHA’s Joe Main about the key facets of the agency’s enforcement work at an April 23 hearing. This hearing was prompted by NSSGA’s suggestion that the subcommittee hold this hearing at the beginning of this Congress. Prior to the hearing, NSSGA briefed the committee members…

    Posted 4/24/15 at 8:01 AM

  • NSSGA: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE WOTUS RULEMAKING TODAY

    NSSGA needs your help. In the next few weeks, the House will be voting on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, H.R. 1732, that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing the rule on Waters of the United States. This legislation would force the EPA and the Corps to…

    Posted 4/23/15 at 1:22 PM

  • AGGREGATES ADVOCATES STORM CAPITOL HILL FOR TCC FLY-IN

    More than 500 individuals representing 31 national associations and construction unions traveled to Washington, D.C. April 14-15 to press Congress for action on highway reauthorization before the current extension of MAP-21 expires May 31. One quarter of those attending the event hailed from NSSGA member companies. The TCC Fly-In kicked off Tuesday afternoon with attendees…

    Posted 4/22/15 at 1:00 PM

  • FIRST HIGHWAY MATERIALS GROUP MEETING A SUCCESS

    Over 100 company representatives attended the first Highway Materials Group Meeting, organized by NSSGA, on April 14 immediately preceding the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-in in Washington, D.C. The session opened with an address by Charles S. Luck IV, NSSGA chairman, as he welcomed attendees and gave a short history of the Highway Materials Group. Over…

    Posted 4/22/15 at 9:41 AM

  • HIGHWAY FUNDING LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY RAMPS UP

    Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced a bill April 16 aimed at tackling the Highway Trust Fund crisis by indexing the gas tax to inflation, a move that is only expected to increase the user fee by 0.4 cents next year and keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through 2016. Additionally, it…

    Posted 4/20/15 at 3:13 PM

  • HOUSE SETS VOTE TO REPEAL DEATH TAX

    The House of Representatives is taking advantage of the focus on the April 15 tax filing deadline to vote on a package of bills introduced to reduce Americans’ tax burdens as well as increase government accountability and transparency. Among them is “The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” (H.R.1105) that would eliminate the estate and…

    Posted 4/14/15 at 9:00 AM

  • FMCSA APPROVES HOURS OF SERVICE EXEMPTION FOR CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVERS

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) approved an exemption to the Hours of Service 30-minute break requirement April 2 for concrete mixer truck drivers. This action is effective immediately and only applies to those driving concrete mixers. The exemption, however, is limited to two years and only covers drivers who have earned a good…

    Posted 4/8/15 at 12:35 PM

  • THE 2015 TCC FLY-IN IS NEXT WEEK!

    The 2015 Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In being held April 14-15 may be the most important one in the history of the TCC as the extension of MAP-21 expires at the end of May.  Your congressional delegation needs to hear from you in person – tell them no more extensions and to fix the Highway Trust…

    Posted 4/7/15 at 10:38 AM

  • 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