How are you adding your voice to the chorus of the aggregates industry?
TELL CONGRESS THE JOB ISN'T DONE YET!
In December 2015, Congress passed and the president signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) [P.L. 114-94] — a five-year, $305.5 billion surface transportation authorization bill that reauthorizes the federal highway and public transportation programs for fiscal years (FY) 2016-2020.
The FAST Act, however, does not provide a permanent solution to the Highway Trust Fund’s structural revenue deficit. The Highway Trust Fund will be facing another revenue shortfall in roughly four years and the current $15 billion per year gap will widen between what current trust fund receipts can support and the existing investment level.
A stable and sustainable funding option for the future is critical in order to achieve a bold, new, long-term, multi-modal vision for our national transportation system that reflects societal changes, economic imperatives, technological advances, environmental concerns, and national security needs in order to ensure the continued prosperity and security of the United States.
It is up to you to make sure that Congress keeps their focus on the need to begin considering future funding options for the Highway Trust Fund now so they are not faced with a series of short-term extensions and patchwork fixes when the FAST Act expires.
Be sure you are DRIVING IT HOME with your senators and representatives whenever the opportunity presents itself!
DRIVE IT HOME!
Dial NSSGA’s Washington Action Hotline at
(866) 255-3207 and ask to be connected to your Members of Congress NOW!
Visits to local operations allow lawmakers to meet large numbers of their constituents, something they always welcome and that builds legislative goodwill. Visits can help to develop a relationship with your lawmakers and help to promote aggregate industry issues as well. You will want to discuss important current issues during the visit.
Please remember to provide feedback that you receive from your contacts. This information is critical to NSSGA’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry and earns you points towards NSSGA’s 2016 grassroots activist awards! To learn more about NSSGA’s Aggregates in Action grassroots program and how to earn activity points, please contact Jim Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, if you don’t tell us what you’re doing, we can’t give you the credit you deserve!