Attendees heard from a high-level panel of House and Senate transportation staffers on plans to advance surface transportation reauthorization, as well as from Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who wrote a bipartisan proposal with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to increase Highway Trust Fund revenues. Afterward, a reception was held on Capitol Hill where industry members had the opportunity to meet informally with dozens of members of Congress and their staff.
The following day, they took to the Hill to take important messages on the solvency of the highway trust fund, Waters of the U.S. rule and other important issues directly to representatives and senators.
Once again, NSSGA would like to thank everyone who attended and made the event a success. Check out pictures from the event below
Even if you were unable to travel to Washington, D.C., you can still do your part. It is important that we keep up a steady drumbeat to ensure legislative work on highway reauthorization does not end with passage of the HTF funding patch, but continues with the ultimate goal of passing a multiyear bill with a long-term funding mechanism before the end of the current year.
Inviting your members of Congress to visit your facility in the weeks leading up to the November elections or arranging for a meeting with them in their district office puts human faces on the issues the industry champions. Giving lawmakers the opportunity to meet large numbers of their constituents at local operations is something they always welcome – especially in an election year.
With your help, we can ensure Congress understands that solving our transportation funding challenges is essential to our nation’s long-term economic growth and prosperity. Please contact Government Affairs for talking points or materials at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 342-1415.
Meetings can help you develop relationships with your lawmakers and promote aggregates-specific policies.
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Please forward any photos or intelligence you receive from your meetings. This information is critical to NSSGA’s lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry and earns you points toward NSSGA’s 2014 grassroots activist awards! Winners receive national recognition as well as $1,000. To learn more about NSSGA’s Aggregates In Action “Growing Forward” grassroots program and how to earn activity points, please contact Jim Riley at email@example.com.
Remember, if you don’t tell us what you’re doing, we can’t give you the credit you deserve!