News

  • NEW MSHA WORKPLACE EXAM GUIDANCE CAUSES CONCERN

    MSHA is planning to issue new guidance for compliance for workplace exams. A new program policy letter (PPL) for workplace exams, 30 CFR §§ 56/57.18002, would expand the tasks required in workplace exams and the training required for examiners, and it has spawned worries about burdensome new mandates. NSSGA has obtained a copy of the PPL,…

    Posted 7/17/15 at 4:00 PM

  • Sen. James Inhofe Addresses Highway Bill

    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Wednesday, July 15, predicted senators would be able to pass a six-year highway bill. Watch the video of the senator’s address. Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 short-term bills to fund transportation programs. Yet NSSGA members can join the association in advocating for a six-year transportation bill by sending a letter to Congress…

    Posted 7/16/15 at 3:57 PM

  • STATE ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES FOCUSED ON ADVOCACY

    More than a dozen directors of state aggregates associations discussed advocacy efforts for a fully-funded, long-term surface transportation bill at a recent meeting of the Aggregates and Concrete Executives (ACE) from June 30 to July 1 in Springfield, Ill. Members of the group agreed that meeting face-to-face with members of Congress in their home districts…

    Posted 7/16/15 at 3:25 PM

  • HOUSE AND SENATE DIFFER ON HIGHWAY BILL EXTENSION STRATEGIES

    On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $8 billion short-term patch (H.R. 3038) to authorize the surface transportation programs through Dec. 18, 2015.  House Republican leaders claim this five-month extension, which passed by a vote of 312-119, is needed to buy the Ways and Means Committee time to fund a long-term reauthorization…

    Posted 7/16/15 at 9:19 AM

  • CRITICAL MINERALS BILL INCLUDES AGGREGATES

    A bill to ease permitting for domestic mines providing strategic and critical minerals, which includes aggregates used in infrastructure projects, advanced last week in Congress despite partisan objections. The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015, H.R. 1937, introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., was approved by a vote of 23-14 on July…

    Posted 7/15/15 at 4:00 PM

  • NSSGA Highway Bill Letter to Senate

    July 13, 2015 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Harry Reid Democratic Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senators, The Senate is expected to consider a surface transportation bill as early as this week. Action to address this critical national priority is overdue. Once again, we face…

    Posted 7/14/15 at 2:22 PM

  • NSSGA to Congress: No Short-term Highway Bills

    NSSGA continues its advocacy efforts for a long-term highway bill with a featured advertisement in Roll Call, a Washington D.C. newspaper covering Capitol Hill, today, Wednesday and Thursday. Senate Republicans are expected to discuss funding options for a long-term bill today, and Sen. Mitch McConnell has said he hopes to present a transportation bill to…

    Posted 7/14/15 at 9:00 AM

  • NSSGA Gets Tough with Congress on Highway Bill

    Michael. W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, sent a letter to each senator urging them to approve a six-year highway transportation bill. “It is time for Congress to act. No more delays. No more extensions,” he wrote. Johnson explained that short-term extensions are not only bad fiscal policy, they are insufficient to rebuild America’s crumbling…

    Posted 7/13/15 at 4:02 PM

  • House Committee Criticizes Use of Social Media to Promote WOTUS

    The House Science Committee examined the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) regulatory overreach on air and water issues – including the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.  The rule was finalized by the agency and will go into effect August 28, unless Congress or the courts act. Several Republican members raised concerns over the ethics…

    Posted 7/13/15 at 9:38 AM

  • MCCONNELL SAYS SENATE COULD TAKE UP HIGHWAY BILL NEXT WEEK

    On Tuesday, July 8, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the Senate could consider a highway bill as early as the week of July 15, and reiterated that the Senate would not recommend increasing the fuel user fee to fund the bill. Reportedly, Senate Republicans would like to extend the highway program beyond the 2016…

    Posted 7/10/15 at 9:00 AM