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  • SENATORS INTRODUCE HIGHWAY BILL

    ‘DRIVE Act’ adds $8 billion to Fund ROADS, Bridges through 2021 ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2015– The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee introduced a six-year bill to fund the upkeep and expansion of the nation’s roads, highways and bridges. While the bill is an increase over its predecessor, MAP-21,…

    Posted 6/23/15 at 2:17 PM

  • BUSY WEEK AHEAD ON TRANSPORTATION

    As the clock ticks down to the July 31 expiration of the current highway act extension, discussion of surface transportation reauthorization heats up.  Two hearings are scheduled this week on highway funding. The House Ways and Means Special Revenues Subcommittee chaired by Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., is holding a June 24 hearing on taxing repatriated…

    Posted 6/23/15 at 10:58 AM

  • House and Senate Discuss Highway Funding Sources

    With the Highway Trust Fund needing an infusion of at least $3 billion to get through 2015 and $168 billion over 10 years, both chambers of Congress examined various sources of funding for the surface transportation bill during hearings this week. The witnesses at the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Cong. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.,…

    Posted 6/19/15 at 1:03 PM

  • SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES RIDER STOPPING WOTUS RULE

    The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a policy rider that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from continuing with the controversial waters of the United States rule (WOTUS).   The fiscal year 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides $7.6 billion for EPA, which is $538.8 million less that FY 2015 funding levels.  With the rider language included,…

    Posted 6/19/15 at 9:00 AM

  • THE HILL: Congress needs to find political courage to fix nation’s bridges (NSSGA editorial)

    The following is a letter to the editor printed in THE HILL, a well-read Capitol Hill-focused publication. Dear Editor, I offer my sincerest apologies to the 400,000 men and women who are buried in Arlington National Cemetery: The bridge built to carry the fallen of a grateful nation to their final resting place, Memorial Bridge,…

    Posted 6/18/15 at 4:07 PM

  • U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED ON RECLAIMED SAND, GRAVEL QUARRY

    The 2015 U.S. Open, hosted by the Chambers Bay Golf Course on Puget Sound, Washington, is the first championship match played on a reclaimed sand and gravel site. Visit NSSGA.org/USOpen for more information.

    Posted 6/18/15 at 3:37 PM

  • 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

  • HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FINALLY SCHEDULES HIGHWAY FUNDING HEARING

    As congressional Democrats threaten to block any spending bills to force negotiations to raise budget caps, transportation funding levels are meaningless without more revenues coming into the Highway Trust Fund according to NSSGA. Wednesday, after the Highway Materials Group sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., urging him to schedule a…

    Posted 6/11/15 at 4:00 PM

  • HOUSE NARROWLY PASSES TRANSPORATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Tuesday night the House of Representatives acted first and narrowly passed H.R. 2577, the $55.3 billion fiscal 2016 transportation-housing spending measure, 210-216. It provides nearly $40.3 billion from the Highway Trust Fund to be spent on the Federal-aid Highways Program, equal to FY2015. The bill would provide $9.7 billion less for the transportation and housing agencies than…

    Posted 6/11/15 at 12:55 PM

  • REGULATORY TOPICS BOX SCORE

    NSSGA’s Pulverized Mineral Division (PMD) provides this regulatory update on key air and water issues for members.

    Posted 6/11/15 at 12:24 PM