Category: Government

  • ENZI TO CHAIR SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE

    Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will chair the Senate Budget Committee in the 114th Congress.  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., current ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, was expected to step into the chairmanship when the Republicans take control of the Senate in 2015.  Then, Enzi, who has seniority on the committee, challenged Sessions for the chair. …

    Posted 12/18/14 at 3:51 PM

  • TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REPORT ON 2014 GRASSROOTS SUCCESSES, TCC FLY-IN DATE SELECTED

    Time is Running Out for You to Provide Your 2014 Grassroots Feedback Time is running out to provide NSSGA with your feedback on the 2014 grassroots contacts that you have had with your elected officials. What lawmakers have you taken on tours of your facilities? Who have you met with to urge action on transportation…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 1:25 PM

  • CONGRESS AIMS TO CUT OFF NRLB’S PRO-UNION “CARD CHECK” AGENDA

    In an ongoing review of the omnibus legislation passed to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, NSSGA wants to make members aware of the inclusion of a rider intended to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) implementation of “e-Card Check.” This policy would make it easier for unions to organize company employees…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 10:00 AM

  • NLRB APPROVES UNION “AMBUSH ELECTIONS” RULE

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule Dec. 12 covering union elections, approved on a party-line 3 to 2 vote, making it easier for unions to organize company employees. While most aggregates operations are not currently unionized, this represents a drastic departure from the current election process that has been in place…

    Posted 12/17/14 at 3:00 PM

  • SENATE COMPLETES WORK; PASSES TAX BILL

    The Senate “limped” out of town Dec. 16 after completing its work and adjourning the 113th Congress but not before extending some important tax relief measures.  Congress passed the so-called “tax extenders” bill.  The legislation reinstates bonus depreciation (up to 50 percent) retroactively for 2014.  It applies to new equipment only.  Also, for this year,…

    Posted 12/17/14 at 12:12 PM

  • NEW SENATE REPUBLICANS SNAG TRANSPORTATION ASSIGNMENTS

    When the 114th Congress convenes in January, there will be several new Republican faces on the Senate’s key committees for transportation policy. If you already have relationships with these members, many of whom come to the Senate from the House where they served on committees with jurisdiction on issues of importance to the aggregates industry, let…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 1:16 PM

  • SENATE PASSES FY’15 SPENDING BILL BUT FAILS TO INCLUDE NEW FUNDING FOR HTF

    The Senate approved a $1.1 trillion FY’15 spending bill late Dec. 13 by a vote of 56 to 40, ensuring most federal agencies will be funded without interruption through September 2015.  The “CR-omnibus” included only a short-term extension through February 2015 for the Department of Homeland Security.  The House passed the bill on a close…

    Posted 12/15/14 at 4:10 PM

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Announces New GOP Members

    The Democratic Steering Committee has yet to make final decisions on who will join the T&I committee. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the key legislative panel tasked with writing the next surface transportation reauthorization, will welcome 12 new Republican members to the committee – including ten freshmen – when the 114th Congress convenes in…

    Posted 12/11/14 at 3:00 PM

  • Congress Agrees On Government Funding Bill

    House and Senate appropriators released a $1.1 trillion FY 2015 spending bill Dec. 9, which is expected to pass this week before the current continuing resolution expires. Of particular interest to NSSGA members are transportation and EPA funding. The massive omnibus spending measure would fund most agencies through September 30, 2015, with the exception made…

    Posted 12/10/14 at 3:30 PM

  • Delay in Hours of Service Provision Included in Cromnibus

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) appears to have successfully inserted provisions in the soon-to-be unveiled measure funding the government for the next nine months that would delay for one-year truck drivers’ hours of service rules.  This issue is of particular interest to NSSGA members who also have ready-mixed concrete operations. The rules, which would require truck…

    Posted 12/9/14 at 2:00 PM