Category: Government

  • NSSGA Podcast: The Latest on Tax Reform

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code today. As the U.S. Senate continues to craft its own tax reform bill, Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs, discussed what’s at stake for the aggregates industry with Patrick Dunne, NSSGA communications director.

    Posted 11/16/17 at 1:39 PM

  • Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA

    David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing MSHA with a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017. During his confirmation process, Zatezalo told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that he would seek more consistent enforcement from agency officials and improved use of technology…

    Posted 11/15/17 at 4:55 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

  • 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

  • A Chance to Reform Taxes and Highway Funding

    The chairman of the House committee tasked with overhauling the nation’s tax code said that he was open to including sustained infrastructure funding as part of a tax reform package. “Infrastructure’s sort of the satellite that continues to circle tax reform,” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told Politico on Thursday, Sept….

    Posted 9/14/17 at 4:43 PM

  • NSSGA’s Griesemer Tells Congress to Curb Over-Regulation

    Louis Griesemer, from Missouri-based Springfield Underground, called on the House Small Business Committee to take action on burdensome and conflicting regulations that cause project delays and harm small operations.  “I want to be clear, that I am not against regulation, nor is NSSGA,” said Griesemer, who also serves as the as the co-chair of the…

    Posted 9/6/17 at 1:26 PM

  • Watch Live: NSSGA on Capitol Hill Today

    Click here to watch Louis Griesemer, of Springfield Underground, testify before the House Small Business Committee beginning at 11 a.m., Eastern time. The committee is holding a hearing to examine how federal permitting requirements burden small businesses and ways to streamline the permitting process. “As an industry, we work with the federal government to promote policies…

    Posted 9/6/17 at 8:00 AM

  • Pruitt Confirmed to Lead EPA

    Scott Pruitt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency today by a vote of 52-46, mostly along party lines. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Maine, voted against Pruitt and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., voted in support of him.  NSSGA has been a vocal proponent of Pruitt for EPA administrator…

    Posted 2/17/17 at 1:41 PM

  • Trump Expediting Infrastructure Projects

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that is designed to speed up environmental reviews and fast-track critical infrastructure projects. “We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways,” he said at a press event. “We can’t be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down…

    Posted 1/25/17 at 6:00 PM

  • 115th Congress Kicks Off with Opportunities and Challenges for the Aggregates Industry

    Today, a new Congress is sworn in and session begins.  For the first time in 88 years, a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate will welcome a new president of the same party. “With Congress and the White House held by the same pro-business party, there is an incredible opportunity…

    Posted 1/3/17 at 2:01 PM