Category: Government

  • 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

  • Transportation Appropriations Positive Step But Highway Bill Required

    While the House passing the annual appropriations for the Transportation and Housing Departments is positive, passage of a comprehensive surface transportation reauthorization is required to set future program policies and provide the funding needed to implement them. Furthermore, the congressional finance committees must find the monies to meet the funding levels contained in the reauthorization…

    Posted 6/12/15 at 9:53 AM

  • Senate Committee Passes Legislation Halting Waters Rule

    The Senate Environment and Public Works committee marked up the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S. 1140, today, and it passed along partisan lines. It forces EPA to start over with the Waters of the U.S. rule, which is damaging to the aggregates industry and transportation initiatives.  No vote for the full Senate is scheduled, but NSSGA…

    Posted 6/10/15 at 3:33 PM

  • Highway Materials Group letter on House Extension of Highway Program

    May 19, 2015   Dear Congressman: As the House of Representatives/Senate pave the way for a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure authority, we urge Congress to use this time to solve the Highway Trust Fund crisis and enact a six-year surface transportation authorization bill to stabilize and increase HTF…

    Posted 5/21/15 at 3:25 PM

  • 2015 HMG Infrastructure Week Letter to Congressional Leadership

    May 13, 2015   The Honorable Mitch McConnell              The Honorable John Boehner Majority Leader                                            Speaker of the House U.S. Senate                …

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:29 PM

  • Letter to Congress on Budget Resolution and Highway Funding

    May 11, 2015   The Honorable Mitch McConnell         The Honorable John Boehner Majority Leader                                       Speaker of the House U.S. Senate                        …

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:27 PM

  • Letter to Ribble and Renacci Supporting Highway Funding

     April 13, 2015   The Honorable Reid Ribble                                        The Honorable Jim Renacci U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of…

    Posted 5/20/15 at 6:21 PM

  • RE-BROADCAST: “60 MINUTES” – “FALLING APART: AMERICA’S NEGLECTED INFRASTRUCTURE” – MAY 17, 2015

    The CBS News show, 60 Minutes, will re-broadcast an important piece on the sorry state of the nation’s infrastructure May 17 at 7 p.m. (eastern).  Steve Kroft’s story is an opportunity to press Congress on the need for a long-term and stably funded highway trust fund. “Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are…

    Posted 5/17/15 at 4:09 PM

  • Infrastructure Week Begins with NSSGA Firing Back Against Misguided Budget

    NSSGA’s President and CEO Michael W. Johnson urged Congress to rethink a proposed 22 percent cut to federal transportation projects contained in a recently passed federal spending blueprint. While Johnson acknowledged that the budget resolution passed May 5 is, fortunately, only a non-binding outline for federal spending, he pointed out that the proposed cuts would…

    Posted 5/11/15 at 11:26 AM