Federal investment in infrastructure is critical to sustaining economic growth and safety improvements while the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 32 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) strongly urge completion of a final fiscal year (FY) 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations law before the current continuing resolution ends on Dec. 11.
We, the undersigned associations representing thousands of banks, credit unions, financial institutions, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes that serve America’s consumers, write to urge you to immediately address the overburdensome Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process before the end of the year.
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), is pleased to submit these comments on the Army Corps (Corps) of Engineers’ proposal to reissue and modify nationwide permits (NWPs). NSSGA supports this reissuance, particularly the removal of the 300 ft linear stream loss from NWP 44, but continues to urge a specific NWP for aggregates mining.
NSSGA joined other groups to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permitting program. This program is an essential tool, facilitating the development of critical, resilient infrastructure that helps communities thrive. Permits issued by the Corps play an important role in authorizing infrastructure projects that build more inclusive communities and deliver opportunities for a better life.
The employer associations in our coalition strongly support the apprenticeship model – indeed many are assisting their members in moving to implement it. We have some concerns about the legislation, which we expressed when it was first circulated in March 2020 – see our comment attached. Not all of our concerns have been addressed.
I am writing to urge you to continue working on a legislative package that will support our nation as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes targeted relief for the State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that have seen drastic cuts due to the public health crisis. State DOT revenue losses were massive, and right at the height of the highway construction season, at least $37 billion is needed to fill this funding gap.
On behalf of the 400 member companies of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), and the more than 100,000 men and women they employ, I write to express our opposition to a vote on Tuesday (Sept. 29) under suspension of H.R. 1603, the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019. Though the bill rightly seeks to ban the importation into and use of commercial asbestos in the U.S., regrettably, H.R. 1603’s current definition of “asbestos” is incorrect.
Our members care deeply about the environment and often establish critical habitats and other enhancements on their sites that benefit local species and promote biodiversity. However, the ESA 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.
Public agencies continue to face COVID-19 pandemic-induced revenue declines. As a result, state and local entities already delayed or cancelled $8 billion in surface transportation projects, with more on the horizon absent any clear sign of support from the federal government. Failure to approve a one-year extension with increased funding for the purpose of stability would only exacerbate this dire situation.
On behalf of the 400 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I am writing to commend your recent agreement with the Administration to advance appropriations legislation prior to the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 on September 30th.