NSSGA Encouraged by House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Markup on The Invest in America Act
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NSSGA Encouraged by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Markup on the INVEST in America Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA – After a two-day markup, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee advanced H.R. 2, the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act”. In response, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley issued the following statement:
“NSSGA commends the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on addressing the desperate need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. We applaud the inclusion of the ROCKS Act, which has been championed by Congressman Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.) and Congressman Troy Balderson (R-Ohio). The ROCKS Act will ensure communities are able to accesses essential construction materials leading to improved environmental outcomes and better utilization of taxpayer dollars to build infrastructure.
“The markup yielded some bi-partisan improvements to the bill in the form of amendments, including those that will streamline federal permitting and fund distribution. NSSGA urges House leadership to work with colleagues across the aisle and pass this bill with all stakeholders participating. Infrastructure legislation is traditionally an opportunity for Congress to come together and we hope upcoming floor activity on the INVEST in America Act will continue that precedent.
“We appreciate the leadership of Chairman DeFazio in marking up a bill and continuing the momentum towards passing a robust, multi-year surface highway reauthorization bill before the September 30th deadline. We also welcome Ranking Member Graves’ input to provide further flexibility for states and seeking to streamline project delivery. NSSGA will continue to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle toward a bipartisan solution to building a better infrastructure for America.”
NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at www.nssga.org.