Tag: news

  • CONGRESS ADDS TWO MONTHS TO HIGHWAY PROGRAM, RETURNS HOME FOR IN DISTRICT EVENTS

    Congress will be home next week for the Memorial Day recess. With MAP-21 now extended through the end of July, NSSGA members are urged to tell Congress that enough is enough with the short-term extensions. Members usually schedule district office hours to meet with constituents to discuss pressing issues, such as spending the next two…

    Posted 5/23/15 at 8:47 AM

  • NSSGA ADVOCACY ON WATERS OF THE U.S. REGULATION CONTINUES AT FULL THROTTLE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a “Legislative Hearing on S. 1140, The Federal Water Quality Protection Act” May 19. This legislation would halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking on Waters of the United States and force the EPA to repurpose the rule after consulting with states, small businesses, and industry.  The…

    Posted 5/21/15 at 4:30 PM

  • Rock Products: Congress Falls Short on ’16 Transportation Budget Resolution (editorial)

    Just about any driver who has hit a pothole or sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic knows that our nation’s roads, bridges and highways are in bad shape. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our nation’s roads a D+ grade. There are 10,000 bridges in the U.S. that are so old that they qualify for Medicare and, yet,…

    Posted 5/20/15 at 4:00 PM

  • HOUSE PASSES 2-MONTH HIGHWAY EXTENSION; SENATE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW SUIT

    Last night, on a vote of 387 to 35, the U.S. House passed a two-month highway policy patch that will extend the program until July 31. Now the responsibility lies on the Senate to pass the measure on to the president before Congress leaves Friday, May 22, for the Memorial Day recess. Trade and national…

    Posted 5/20/15 at 2:11 PM

  • CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS PAVE WAY FOR TWO-MONTH HIGHWAY EXTENSION

    With only 4 legislative days left before the May 31 highway program extension deadline, both chambers of Congress May 15 laid the ground work for a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure authority.  Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Tom Carper, D-Del., proposed legislation, S. 1350, in the Senate.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 4:25 PM

  • Two weeks left to apply for the 2015 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is accepting applications through May 29 for the 2015 Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship. The Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a student who plans to pursue a career in the aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) industry. This $2,500 scholarship was created to honor the…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 1:00 PM

  • HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES 2016 TRANSPORTATION SPENDING BILL

    U.S. House appropriators approved the FY 2016 transportation and housing spending bill that flat funds the federal highway program. The bill provides about $55 billion in discretionary spending for transportation and housing programs. To fund highway projects, the House Transportation committee is still required to act to authorize the program. Next step is consideration by…

    Posted 5/15/15 at 9:00 AM

  • CURRENT HIGHWAY FUNDS TO RUN THROUGH JULY

    It seems that there is more money left in the Highway Trust Fund than previously anticipated. Funding in the current extension of the highway bill was expected to run out at the end of the month, but due to a slow start to the construction season as a result of the harsh winter and states…

    Posted 5/14/15 at 4:10 PM

  • Infrastructure Week Begins with NSSGA Firing Back Against Misguided Budget

    NSSGA’s President and CEO Michael W. Johnson urged Congress to rethink a proposed 22 percent cut to federal transportation projects contained in a recently passed federal spending blueprint. While Johnson acknowledged that the budget resolution passed May 5 is, fortunately, only a non-binding outline for federal spending, he pointed out that the proposed cuts would…

    Posted 5/11/15 at 11:26 AM

  • SINK FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER

    NSSGA pushed back against a White House Executive Order so broadly written that it is unclear whether aggregates operations are included or not.  The association urged that aggregates operations be excluded from the Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order (EO) 11988, Floodplain Management in a May 6 letter. “Aggregates operations must be located where high quality aggregates…

    Posted 5/7/15 at 1:40 PM