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NSSGA, Other Groups Support U.S. Army Corps' Nationwide Permit Program

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.

 

NSSGA, Jobs and Careers Coalition Support National Apprenticeship Act

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.

NSSGA Urges Congress to Support State Dots During Pandemic

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.

NSSGA Opposes Asbestos Definitions in H.R. 1603

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.

NSSGA Backs Legislation That Clarifies ESA Goals

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.

NSSGA, Groups Push for Extension of Fast Act

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.

NSSGA Supports Action to Avert Shutdown

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.

NSSGA Urges Federal Funding for State Dots

As you continue to negotiate the next COVID-19 relief legislation, we, the undersigned organizations, urge you to: provide an immediate infusion of $37 billion in federal funding for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and oppose any proposal to temporarily suspend or permanently repeal a dedicated federal user fee that generates revenue to support surface transportation improvements.

NSSGA, Other Groups Encourage Technical Correction Under the PPP

As Congress negotiates another round of relief in response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly encourage you to include a technical correction addressing the tax treatment of loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

NSSGA, Jobs and Careers Coalition Support Workforce Provisions in Recent Legislation

We write on behalf of the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition to express our strong support for the workforce provisions in the Safely Back to School and Back to Work Act. Job-focused education and training is more important than ever at this time of deep economic distress for workers and employers, and we are particularly encouraged to see the innovative Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act (WRTSA) included in the package.

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