Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), one of NSSGA’s “Target 19,” visited CalPortland’s operation in Las Vegas at the invitation of Steve Regis, senior vice president, Corporate Services. (Titus is 2nd from left.)
Members of Congress will be home for two more weeks on their summer congressional recess. You still have time to take them on a tour of your facilities so you can drive home the message that they need to reach a consensus and pass a new highway bill in 2014.
Take this opportunity to meet with YOUR members of Congress! CalPortland, CEMEX, Granite Construction, Kolberg-Pioneer, Lehigh Hanson, Oldcastle, Rogers Group and Vulcan as well as the Illinois, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma state aggregates associations, in conjunction with coalitions of producers in their states, have either set/held meetings or are issuing invitations for facility tours.
“Driving It Home 2013” is a crucial component in the effort to apply pressure on Congress to pass a surface transportation reauthorization bill before the expiration of the current law on Sept. 30, 2014. Make a difference NOW by taking the time to further educate members of Congress on transportation and other aggregates-specific issues by holding meetings with and tours for them. Invite your elected officials and get a visit on their schedules!
“Target 19” is a key part of Driving It Home 2013. There are 19 new members on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and there still are six for whom we do not have a meeting or tour scheduled (see list below). Our goal is to get each of them out to at least one aggregates industry facility by the end of the summer.
NSSGA is working with several member companies that have operations in these districts on plans for congressional visits this summer. Just because one company already has invited an elected official to their site does not mean that you can’t too, or that you can’t partner with your industry colleagues! Be sure to let NSSGA know once you have meetings scheduled. Afterwards, please send any photos and information you gather from your tours.
Visits to local operations allow lawmakers to meet large numbers of their constituents, something they always welcome and that builds legislative good will. Visits can help you develop relationships with your lawmakers and promote aggregates industry issues. Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of hosting a successful tour here.
Help us educate Congress in general and the 19 new members of the T&I Committee in particular as we lay the foundation for the future!
Reach out to the following six yet to be scheduled.
- Calif.- 44 Reli. Janice Hahn (D)
- Ind.- 7 Reli. Andre Carson (D)
- Minn.- 8 Reli. Rick Nolan (D)
- Mont.- (at large) Reli. Steve Daines (R)
- N.C.- 11 Reli. Mark Meadows (R)
- N.Y.- 18 Reli. Sean Maloney (D)
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