Letters to Washington

Official Letters to Congress and the Administration

NSSGA represents the interests of the aggregates industry before Congress, the White House and the federal government’s departments and agencies. In order to best serve the needs of our members, we proactively seek opportunities to advance policies that benefit the aggregates industry and educate political leaders about its importance. Below you will find letters that NSSGA has sent to leaders in Washington. Please feel free to use these letters to advance your own advocacy and policy efforts. For further assistance, please contact Austin Bone (abone@nssga.org).

NSSGA Comments on Family and Medical Leave Policies

March 29, 2020 – NSSGA sent a letter to the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to support small, family owned, aggregates operators and the companies that supply them. NSSGA asked that the 50-employer exemption be interpreted as a broad exemption without adding unnecessary paperwork or processes that businesses would need to address in order to be exempted from the requirements.

NSSGA Says Industry Should be Considered Essential Critical Infrastructure

March 23, 2020 – NSSGA urged DHS to recognize the aggregates industry as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. NSSGA said the industry is ready to continue economic growth by providing the materials necessary to revitalize the country’s infrastructure.

NSSGA Sends ATIA Support Letter To Capitol Hill

March 20, 2020 – NSSGA writes to Congressional leaders to urge investment in infrastructure projects. When the aggregates industry is doing well, the economy is doing well. NSSGA members stand ready to help get the U.S. economy moving again by producing aggregates that go into waterways, ports, airports, rail and transit networks and energy infrastructure.

NSSGA, Industry Organizations Urge President to Ensure Aggregates Essential to Infrastructure

March 20, 2020 – NSSGA and our construction industry partners urged President Trump to issue guidance that ensures the construction materials (including aggregates) and connected industries are considered essential to America’s economy.

NSSGA Applauds Efforts to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

SENATE EPW COMMITTEE APPROVES TSCA MODERNIZATION BILL

March 19, 2020 – NSSGA and other organizations sent a letter to Capital Hill to thank Sens. Marco Rubio and Susan Collins for their efforts to support small businesses during this crisis. In particular, the letter notes two key aspects, including an emergency loan program to support small businesses and a clause that forgives a portion of the loan equal to an appropriate percentage of payroll.

NSSGA, Transportation Construction Coalition Urges Congress to Invest in Infrastructure

March 19, 2020 – While there are diverse and well-intended views on how federal policy can stabilize and resuscitate the U.S. economy during times of crisis, there are few initiatives that can match the combination of immediate and long-term benefits of increased infrastructure investment. The Transportation Construction Coalition explained that a robust reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs, as advocated by Senate and House leaders, is an opportunity to help address these challenges.

NSSGA and Others Urge Congress to Authorize Airport Improvement Grants

March 18, 2020 – NSSGA, joined by several strategic partners, urges Congress to authorize an additional $10 billion in Airport Improvement Grants (AIP) to allow airport capital projects and programs to continue. This funding is necessary to keep projects on track during this trying time when airport operating revenue is dropping due to reduction in travelers during the COVID-19 health crisis.

NSSGA Joins Request For Credit and Tax Leniency For All Businesses

March 18, 2020 – NSSGA, along with 96 other national trade associations, calls upon Congress and President Trump to take action on providing necessary relief to businesses of all sizes through immediate, readily accessible unsecured credit so NSSGA members can continue to pay their works and other costs during this crisis. The trade associations joined together to ask government leaders to suspend business tax returns for the duration of the current pandemic, as well as asking for the Tax Code to be amended to allow businesses to carryback any net operating losses against previous year tax payments.

NSSGA Supports Frack Sand Producers

March 12, 2020 – NSSGA thanks the Trump Administration for considering relief to the shale oil industry and requests that frack sand and its producer companies be included in shale oil relief. Frack sand and the companies that produce it are an indispensable part of the shale oil industry.

NSSGA Supports the Nomination of Katharine MacGregor

January 30, 2020 – On behalf of NSSGA members, who have a strong working relationship with DOI and its many agencies, NSSGA wrote a letter to support the nomination of Katharine MacGregor to be the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

Advocating for Infrastructure in Spending Bills

December 18, 2019 – NSSGA, as part of the 11-member Highway Materials Group, urged lawmakers to finalize negotiations on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations and express gratitude for enacting H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, which provide robust funding to advance our nation’s infrastructure.

Support for USMCA

December 18, 2019 – Pro-growth trading policies are important to aggregates and industrial sand producers and the manufacturers and businesses that supply them. NSSGA expressed support for H.R. 5430, the USMCA trade agreement, to level the playing field for our nation, leading to stronger economic growth and creating good-paying jobs that allows for additional investment and development of homes, businesses, roads and all types of infrastructure projects.

Support for ESA Reforms

December 17, 2020 – NSSGA wrote to House Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to express strong support for the 18 bills recently introduced that bring needed and common-sense reforms to the Endangered Species Act. The current permitting process often hampers many aggregates operations as they are tied up in bureaucratic red tape – that many times does not lead to improving outcomes for the species.

NSSGA, Infrastructure Working Group Push for Infrastructure Investment

September 30, 2019 – As a participant of the Infrastructure Working Group, NSSGA joined a diverse group representing manufacturers to labor, construction to technology, agriculture to retailers and finance to local/state government to urge bipartisan action to address the nation’s long-standing infrastructure deficit. Substantial and long-term investments in all kinds of infrastructure are needed to expand our economy, grow jobs and compete globally. The group identified six key principles that a federal infrastructure package should accomplish.

NSSGA Supports Eugene Scalia for Secretary of Labor

September 18, 2019 – NSSGA expressed our strong support for the confirmation of Eugene Scalia to be the Secretary of Labor in a recent letter to Capitol Hill. Mr. Scalia is an expert in workplace and administrative law, who has the right skills and experience to guide the Department of Labor (DOL) on its critical mission to protect workers, while simultaneously ensuring the Department engages in policies that foster job creation and economic opportunities.

NSSGA Opposes the “Buffalo Tract Protection Act”

September 18, 2019 – NSSGA sent a letter opposing H.R. 2640, the “Buffalo Tract Protection Act” as it would permanently ban aggregate production in areas of central New Mexico—severely
limiting critical resources needed in the construction of infrastructure and public works projects for the growing region.

NSSGA, HMG Support Budget Spending Increase

July 18, 2019 – NSSGA helped lead an effort to express strong support for enacting a bipartisan budget agreement that will increase discretionary spending limits for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and beyond. The group requested that reached include a repeal of the rescission of $7.6 billion in Federal-aid highway contract authority scheduled to occur next year.

NSSGA Opposes the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

July 17, 2019 – NSSGA sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources opposing H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which would permanently withdraw over 1 million acres of Federal lands located in Arizona from public land, mining, mineral and geothermal leasing laws. Such a ban would severely diminish the ability for communities to access key resources that are necessary for building roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, homes and businesses.

NSSGA Applauds House, Senate Support of NIOSH

July 11, 2019 – NSSGA sent letters to House and Senate leadership applauding recent approval of the FY 2020 LHHS Appropriations bill. This version rejected the President’s proposed reduction in funding for NIOSH and included an increase of $10 million over FY 2019.

NSSGA Opposes Changes to Estate Tax Exemption

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE UNVEILS 2016 TRANSPORTATION BILL

June 19, 2019 – NSSGA sent a letter to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady to oppose proposed changes to the estate tax exemption included in H.R. 3301, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019. The association express concerns with Section 201 of H.R. 3301 which sunsets the current estate tax exemption at the end of 2022 as a pay-for renewing and extending several individual and business tax provisions.

NSSGA, U.S. Chamber Coalition Letter to President and Congress: Infrastructure Now

June 14, 2019 – NSSGA joined with the U.S. Chamber and coalition partners on a letter to President Trump and leadership of the House and Senate, urging them to renew action on infrastructure investment legislation now. Each side acknowledges the need to invest in and improve our nation’s infrastructure. Our elected leaders must resume discussions toward legislative action on infrastructure investment.

Johnson Comments on Committee's Passage of FY 2020 T-HUD

June 3, 2019 – NSSGA President & CEO Michael W. Johnson sent a letter regarding the FY 2020 T-HUD Appropriation bill. “While we understand more work is needed for both chambers of Congress and the Administration to reach an agreement on overall spending levels for FY 2020, we are encouraged by the rapid work of the Committee to approve legislation that advances our nation’s infrastructure priorities.”

Johnson to Trump: The Time is Now to Fund Infrastructure

May 21, 2019 – NSSGA President & CEO Michael W. Johnson sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders on Tuesday in advance of their White House meeting on infrastructure to take place Wednesday, May 22. In the letter, Johnson urged the leaders to fix America’s infrastructure. “Tomorrow is an opportunity for leadership of historic proportions to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure. The time is now to identify the funding for such a package and get America’s infrastructure back on track.”

NSSGA Supports Main Street Employers

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April 11, 2019 – NSSGA joined with a number of business groups to support the Main Street Tax Certainty Act of 2019, which would make permanent the Section 199A 20 percent qualified business income deduction. “These Main Street employers are the backbone of the American economy — they employ the majority of U.S. workers and represent 95 percent of all businesses,” said the group.

NSSGA, TCC Support New Infrastructure Legislation

February 1, 2019 – As a member of the Transportation Construction Coalition, NSSGA joined other associations and construction trade unions in supporting the Rebuild America Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The legislation would address the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund for the foreseeable future by raising adequate revenue to not only plug the $18 billion per-year projected deficit but also support growing surface transportation investment levels.

NSSGA, TCC Offer Approach to Expand TIFIA Program

December 28, 2018 – NSSGA and the 30 national associations and trade unions that make up the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) sent a letter to express concerns regarding S. 3647, the “TIFIA for Airports Act” to broaden the eligibility of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program. The suggests creating a credit assistance program dedicated to airports and funded out of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) or the federal General Fund.

Members of TCC Urge Congress to Support U.S. Water Infrastructure

September 13, 2018 – As a member of the Transportation Construction Coalition, NSSGA and other industry partners sent letters urging members of Congress to support the House Amendment to S. 3021, the “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.” The group states that “this legislation will provide much needed investments for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works projects, including dredging, locks, levees, dams, and water supply projects, as well as critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects.”

NSSGA and Other Organizations Support HOURS Act

August 16, 2018 – NSSGA and other organizations representing a broad range of industries sent a letter in support of the HOURS Act, introduced by Congressmen Rick Crawford, Sanford Bishop and Bruce Westerman. The timely legislation would provide narrow and targeted relief and flexibility in hours-of-service (HOS) rules for truck drivers across the country as they continue to move our nation’s goods and the economy.

NSSGA and Others Write to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

June 28, 2018 – As part of the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition, NSSGA and other organizations showed their support for The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee showed its commitment to career and technical education, and the group applauded the diligence and determination of Democrats and Republicans on the committee who worked long and hard to come to a consensus on this important legislation.

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