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.

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

  • Introducing the ROCKS Act!

    Bi-partisan legislation was introduced in Congress today which supports the construction of much-needed public works projects with the access to raw materials necessary to build and revive the roads, bridges and infrastructure projects in our nation’s communities. Reps. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., and Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, authored and introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates…

    Posted 11/15/19 at 1:30 PM

  • NSSGA Community Relations Excellence Awards Announced for Leaders in the Aggregates Industry

    Nov. 12, 2019 CONTACT: Patrick Dunne 703-526-1062, pdunne@nssga.org NSSGA Community Relations Excellence Awards Announced for Leaders in the Aggregates Industry ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) today announced the recipients of the Awards of Community Relations Excellence. The NSSGA Community Relations Excellence Awards recognize aggregates producers’ achievements in enhancing the public’s…

    Posted 11/12/19 at 1:24 PM

  • WOTUS Repeal Now in Federal Register

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) withdrawal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule appeared in the federal register this week. With an effective date of Dec. 23, 2019, the unlawful 2015 WOTUS rule will be no longer be in effect in any part of the U.S., barring a legal stay. This withdrawal is…

    Posted 10/23/19 at 4:05 PM

  • NSSGA Requests Extension to Provide Best Practices to MSHA

    On Oct. 9, NSSGA requested an two-month extension from MSHA to respond to the agency’s Request for Information (RFI) concerning respirable silica (quartz).  The MSHA RFI, in general, seeks information on “economically and technologically feasible best practices” to protect workers from respirable silica. The current due date to respond to the RFI is Oct. 28…

    Posted 10/10/19 at 10:25 AM

  • Wildcat Wins 2019 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship

    Caroline Gerwig, a senior Mining Engineering student at the University of Kentucky, was awarded the 2019 Barry K. Wendt Scholarship in late August. Gerwig, who holds a 4.0 GPA in both her major and her overall academics, was chosen by a panel of industry judges for her strong academic record; interest in a future career…

    Posted 9/26/19 at 3:33 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: Teamwork Makes the Advocacy Dream Work

    NSSGA does not advocate for infrastructure investment alone and the association frequently partners with organizations in Washington, D.C., that are focused on common issues. It’s a broad topic that touches quarries and many businesses throughout the economy. In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Ed Mortimer, vice president of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber…

    Posted 9/12/19 at 12:06 PM

  • Podcast: A Senate Infrastructure Bill Is Coming

    On Thursday, July 25, NSSGA met with Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff to learn about the committee’s infrastructure bill that they plan to unveil on July 29. The five-year, $287 billion bill would be a 27 percent increase over the funding included in the 2015 FAST Act. NSSGA welcomes the introduction of another…

    Posted 7/25/19 at 8:04 PM

  • Senators Keep Eyes on the Road (Funding)

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said during a July 10 hearing that he wants to see a five-year surface transportation funding bill approved by the committee by Aug. 1. “If we do not pass a long-term surface transportation bill, and instead pass a series of short-term extensions,…

    Posted 7/11/19 at 3:51 PM

  • NSSGA Podcast: A Proactive Approach to Infrastructure

    In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., talks about the roles Congress can play in advancing our nation’s infrastructure. “We’re now going to get to the point where the lack of investment in our infrastructure is actually going to help throttle back or govern our economy, and that’s problematic because it prevents…

    Posted 6/27/19 at 3:29 PM

  • Workforce Development Grants Available July 1

    New reforms to strengthen the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) program will go into effect July 1. Approved by Congress and signed into law last year, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) updates the federal education grant program to help more students gain the skills they need…

    Posted 6/26/19 at 4:15 PM

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