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  • NSSGA PRESENTS AT MSHA SAFETY SUMMIT

    NSSGA’s Vice President of Safety Joseph Casper discussed effective management systems for safety, recognizing hazards and improving miners’ safety behaviors at the MSHA’s South Central District’s Summit on Fatalities in Dallas April 7.  The summit was held in conjunction with the district’s annual safety and health conference.  Casper, invited by MSHA district manager Mike Davis,…

    Posted 4/7/15 at 1:46 PM

  • THE 2015 TCC FLY-IN IS NEXT WEEK!

    The 2015 Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In being held April 14-15 may be the most important one in the history of the TCC as the extension of MAP-21 expires at the end of May.  Your congressional delegation needs to hear from you in person – tell them no more extensions and to fix the Highway Trust…

    Posted 4/7/15 at 10:38 AM

  • WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE SENT TO OMB

    The Waters of the United States rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is the last step before the rule is finalized. OMB has the ability to approve the rule as is or ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make changes before resubmission. Typically OMB reviews…

    Posted 4/6/15 at 4:26 PM

  • PRESIDENT VETOES JOINT RESOLUTION TO STOP NLRB AMBUSH RULE

    President Obama vetoed a joint House-Senate resolution to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing its “ambush election” rule March 31. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can stop, with the full force of law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or regulation or issuing a substantially similar regulation without congressional authorization….

    Posted 4/1/15 at 12:56 PM

  • CALLS FOR ACTION ON TRANSPORTATION CONTINUE

    Although Congress is in recess, calls for action on a multiyear surface transportation bill continue.  The Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative Democrats, has written Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and ranking Democrat Sander Levin, D-Mich., urging that the committee hold a hearing on the dwindling Highway Trust Fund. …

    Posted 4/1/15 at 9:43 AM

  • NSSGA URGES OPERATOR COMMENTS OPPOSING MSHA’S CIVIL PENALTIES PROPOSAL

    As NSSGA prepares to submit extensive comments opposing major provisions of MSHA’s civil penalties proposal, the association offers a template (see below) of a brief letter that members can use to convey concerns on the proposal.  Comments are due to MSHA Tuesday, March 31, at midnight. NSSGA is very concerned with the proposal because it will…

    Posted 3/30/15 at 4:50 PM

  • HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO ABOLISH THE DEATH TAX

    The House Ways and Means Committee voted March 25 on a 22 to 10 party-line vote to approve legislation permanently abolishing the federal estate tax also called the “death tax.” The measure now goes to the full House. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is expected to introduce a similar bill in the Senate. Under the current…

    Posted 3/27/15 at 2:18 PM

  • Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge against Mine Safety Agency Coal Dust Regulation

    To keep PMD members aware of the news affecting the industry, NSSGA regularly sweeps public databases and publications for industry-specific stories such as the following below. From The National Law Review: The National Mining Association and others in the industry have sued the Mine Safety and Health Administration to halt implementation of massive changes to…

    Posted 3/27/15 at 12:31 PM

  • SENATE PASSES BUDGET; LEE AMENDMENT NOT VOTED UPON

    The Senate passed its version of the budget in the early morning hours of March 27 on a vote of 52 to 46.  The vote followed a marathon series of votes that lasted for hours and involved consideration of hundreds of amendments.  The Lee amendment, which would have created a point of order against any…

    Posted 3/27/15 at 10:51 AM

  • URGENT: LEE AMENDMENT AIMS TO HAMSTRING HIGHWAY FUNDING; CALL SENATORS NOW!

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has filed an amendment to the Senate budget that would create a point of order against any Highway Trust Fund revenue increase. This would greatly decrease the Senate Finance Committee’s flexibility to solve the HTF revenue problem, as well as create problems for offsets that the committee may use for a…

    Posted 3/26/15 at 5:46 PM