Hundreds of people from aggregates operations all over the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week for advocacy, networking and professional development at NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum.
“We are excited that more than 300 people are here to make an impact on Capitol Hill, and we are looking forward to a great week,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO.
Highlighting Key Issues
Influential regulators and administration officials, including Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) acting administrator, and Steven Bradbury, general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will provide insight into the Trump administration and infrastructure investment.
During a packed lineup of breakout sessions, experts will discuss innovations and trends in the aggregates industry and prepare attendees for face-to-face meetings with members of Congress.
In fact, several lawmakers will join NSSGA members at events this week.
NSSGA will present House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster with the first-ever Rock Star award for a career of being an infrastructure champion. Shuster, set to retire after this year, has been a champion of infrastructure projects. He will be joined by T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who will emphasize the importance of meeting in-person with elected officials in Congress. DeFazio, an advocate for infrastructure who has served on the T&I Committee since 1987, will also share his thoughts on Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, water infrastructure and other legislative priorities.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, will talk about the policy goals of the caucus as they relate to natural resources and water infrastructure. Daines will be joined by Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, which handles issues related to mine health and safety and oversees MSHA. Byrne will share updates on the subcommittee’s work and MSHA compliance assistance efforts.
Members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chair Rep. Tom Reed, R-Pa. and Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., will brief NSSGA members on key infrastructure policy issues. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., will also discuss trade and how it’s relevant to infrastructure.
Susan E. Dudley, director of George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, will present updates on regulatory reform efforts at the EPA, and how NSSGA members can engage in the regulatory progress. Jim Gerlach, president and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) and a former member of Congress, will outline strategies for encouraging employees to vote – especially in this year’s midterm election.