Advocacy

NSSGA represents the interests of the aggregates industry proactively before Congress, the White House and the federal government's departments and agencies. It is the only association that fully represents the aggregates industry from extraction to sales.

Our issues

NSSGA’s Legislative Agenda highlights the priorities of the association. The association’s top priority is passage of a multi-year surface transportation infrastructure authorization. In addition, NSSGA focuses on the potential effects of environmental, labor and business issues, which can impose increased costs and regulatory burdens on the aggregates industry – the foundation of America’s built environment.

Aggregates in Action grassroots network

Aggregates in Action (A2) is NSSGA’s grassroots network, designed to facilitate NSSGA member participation in the public policy process. The Legislative Action Center allows members to identify and communicate with their congressional representatives on the latest action alert. A2 also includes a key contacts program and recognition awards for the most involved grassroots and grasstops activists.

ROCKPAC

ROCKPAC is the only political action committee solely dedicated to advancing the aggregates industry’s priorities with federal candidates – standing up for the industry, expanding congressional awareness of it and the significant impacts of congressional actions on aggregates businesses.

ADVOCACY NEWS

  • Zatezalo calls for ‘fair and efficient’ enforcement

    Dave Zatezalo, MSHA administrator, told industry stakeholders on a recent conference call that one of his main priorities for the agency is “fair and efficient enforcement.” Zatezalo will give a keynote address during NSSGA’s Annual Convention on March 7, 2018, in Houston. Reducing injuries related to powered haulage is also a priority for Zatezalo and…

    Posted 2/16/18 at 9:37 AM

  • Circuit Court Rules on OSHA Silica Standard

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a ruling that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could proceed with a respirable crystalline silica standard enacted in 2016. The Court did not give weight to studies that have shown that the aggregates industry’s compliance with current regulations has been…

    Posted 12/29/17 at 11:10 AM

  • Congress Wraps Spending Bill: Do Not Open ‘Til Xmas

    Congress staved off a government shutdown by clearing a two-week continuing resolution, H.J. Res. 123 (115), on Dec. 7, that extends current government spending levels until Dec. 22. President Donald Trump endorsed the spending patch and is expected to sign it today, Dec. 8. Lawmakers acknowledged that they will need another short-term bill to buy…

    Posted 12/8/17 at 11:54 AM

  • Tax Plan Details Emerge

    NSSGA welcomed the release of a tax reform plan from the House of Representatives today that includes some key elements such as deductions and exemptions that the association fought to preserve. “While we need to look further into how this proposal impacts the aggregates industry, particularly related to bonds, we appreciate the preservation of some…

    Posted 11/2/17 at 3:10 PM

  • Tell EPA That WOTUS Needs Clear Exemptions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on what a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule should include. NSSGA has long fought the 2015 rule that would have allowed the federal government to regulate dry areas. The Trump administration has proposed to withdraw WOTUS and replace it with a clearer rule, and…

    Posted 10/24/17 at 3:02 PM

  • Continuing to Push Regulatory Reform

    NSSGA recently told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fish and Wildlife Service that unreasonable delays in the permitting process are far too common for aggregates operations. Nancy Haley and Chip Smith from the Corps met in-person at NSSGA’s headquarters with Mark Williams of Luck Companies, Matt Hinck of CalPortland and NSSGA staff. They…

    Posted 10/20/17 at 10:00 AM

  • Apply for a Community Relations Award Today

    Do you work for an aggregates operation that shows exceptional and innovative ideas when it comes to community involvement? Does your facility consistently come up with activities and programs to improve the public’s perception of the aggregates industry? Is your quarry or operation worthy and deserving of recognition? If you answered yes to any of…

    Posted 10/18/17 at 12:52 PM

  • Is Your Drone Program FAA Compliant?

    NSSGA member firm Husch Blackwell will deliver October’s AGG1 Online webinar next week to give operators tips on how to get started with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) program, The ABCs of UAVs (Thursday, Oct. 26, 3-4 p.m. ET). The use of drones has been growing in popularity in construction and aggregates applications — it provides…

    Posted 10/18/17 at 10:01 AM

  • Advocating for Aggregates at Each Branch of Government

    NSSGA and dozens of member companies advocated for the industry before Congress, the White House and U.S. Supreme Court in one day on Oct. 11, 2017. James Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction, spoke at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on that day. “It is time to address infrastructure…

    Posted 10/11/17 at 4:40 PM

  • Watch Live: NSSGA Member on Capitol Hill on Oct. 11

    Jim Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction (NSSGA member) will testify before the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Subcommittee on Highways and Transit tomorrow, at 10 a.m., Eastern time, Oct. 11, 2017, to share the industry’s perspective on the future of our nation’s highways and transit systems. He is expected to urge Congress to…

    Posted 10/10/17 at 4:13 PM