Category: Government

  • Pruitt Confirmed to Lead EPA

    Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency today by a vote of 52-46, mostly along party lines. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, voted against Pruitt and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted in support of him.  NSSGA has been a vocal proponent of Pruitt for EPA administrator…

    Posted 2/17/17 at 1:41 PM

  • Trump Expediting Infrastructure Projects

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that is designed to speed up environmental reviews and fast-track critical infrastructure projects. “We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways,” he said at a press event. “We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down…

    Posted 1/25/17 at 6:00 PM

  • 115th Congress Kicks Off with Opportunities and Challenges for the Aggregates Industry

    Today, a new Congress is sworn in and session begins.  For the first time in 88 years, a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate will welcome a new president of the same party. “With Congress and the White House held by the same pro-business party, there is an incredible opportunity…

    Posted 1/3/17 at 2:01 PM

  • 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