Category: Government

  • NEW CONGRESS CONTINUES FIGHT OVER EPA’S WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act Jan. 28, a bill designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach. This bill would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from improperly expanding the Clean Water Act and seizing jurisdiction over water that is currently under control…

    Posted 1/29/15 at 4:52 PM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized aggregates operations in the United States and Canada that show an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014.  The underlying goal of these annual awards is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. Read more

    Posted 1/29/15 at 2:26 PM

  • BUZZ INTENSIFIES ABOUT HIGHWAY FUNDING

    In the continuing buzz about surface transportation reauthorization, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said that his committee is working to find the money to fund a new highway bill before the May deadline. He cryptically stated, “With regard to the trust fund, we’re working on where the money is going to come from on…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 5:45 PM

  • SENATE EPW COMMITTEE KICKS OFF TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION EFFORTS

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee officially kicked off its transportation reauthorization efforts Jan. 28 with a hearing featuring panels consisting of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the governors of Alabama and Vermont, as well as the South Dakota Secretary of Transportation. In his opening statement, Foxx was adamant and urged Congress to put…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 3:45 PM

  • SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ENCOURAGE INNOVATION, COMPLIANCE, IMPROVEMENTS

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 27, 2015 — The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) today recognizes the aggregates operations in the United States and Canada with an extraordinary commitment to safety, superior environmental stewardship and community involvement in 2013-2014. The underlying goal of these recognitions is to spur innovation and encourage continual quarry improvements. The…

    Posted 1/28/15 at 2:58 PM

  • MOMENTUM FOR ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION BUILDS

    The call for congressional action to assure adequate funding for the nation’s transportation network continues this week. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., is unveiling a highway bill that includes $1 trillion for five years. It would inject $75 billion a year into the Highway Trust Fund, create a national infrastructure bank, expand grant and financing programs…

    Posted 1/27/15 at 11:28 AM

  • Boehner on 60 Minutes, A Long-term Highway Bill is Critically Important

    Speaks on Infrastructure a 4:30 mark. Read full transcript here During a 60 Minutes interview on Sunday January 25th, House Speaker John Boehner said that it is critically important to fund a long-term highway bill. “The biggest problem we have is that the Highway Trust Fund, which is funded by gasoline taxes, continues to shrink…

    Posted 1/26/15 at 11:57 AM

  • THE DRUMBEAT CONTINUES – HATCH LISTS HIGHWAY FUNDING AS FINANCE COMMITTEE PRIORITY

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch,  R-Utah, in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outlining the committee’s agenda, listed funding a long-term highway bill right after tax reform.  He continued, “Whether part of tax reform or a stand-alone bill” we need a long-term solution.  He said that highway funding has a long history…

    Posted 1/20/15 at 12:04 PM

  • NSSGA Pushes Back on Misguided WSJ Editorial, Calls for Industry Action

    Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial “Abolish the Gas Tax” (Jan. 15) advocating against strong federal investment in our nation’s roads, highways and bridges.  As this issue is of utmost importance to the aggregates industry, NSSGA responded to the Journal and submitted a letter to the editor for publishing. Additionally, this letter will…

    Posted 1/16/15 at 4:06 PM

  • SHUSTER IS CONFIDENT THAT NEW HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE WILL ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NATION’S SYSTEM

    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced his subcommittee chairmen Jan. 13. They are: Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., Subcommittee on Highways and Transit; Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J, Subcommittee on Aviation; Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment; Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency…

    Posted 1/16/15 at 9:42 AM