Recognizing an Infrastructure Champion

NSSGA to present Rock Star Award to Chairman Bill Shuster

The NSSGA Legislative & Policy Forum brings the aggregates industry to Capitol Hill. The goal is to advocate for infrastructure investment that provides for a brighter future for communities across the country as well as the nation’s transportation system and economy.

Yet one person has been championing that effort for his tenure in Congress. NSSGA will proudly present the first-ever Rock Star Award to House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. He has served on the T&I Committee ever since coming to Congress in 2001. Every step of the way, he has been a champion of America’s infrastructure.

During his five-and-a-half years as chairman, he has overseen the passage of numerous pieces of major, bipartisan legislation to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure. These bills have reformed and invested in our passenger rail system, ports, waterways, flood protection and other water infrastructure, the aviation network, the pipeline transportation system and maritime transportation.

For example, Chairman Shuster’ leadership on infrastructure has led to:

  • The FAST Act – the first long-term surface transportation law in a decade;
  • Two Water Resources Development Acts – finding the path forward, in our post-earmark environment, for enabling Congress to continue moving these important infrastructure bills;
  • Legislation for funding Amtrak and the passenger rail system;
  • Pipeline safety improvements under the PIPES Act;
  • FAA authorizing legislation and aviation safety improvements;
  • Two Coast Guard authorizations; and more.

“Earlier this year, the chairman announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of this term, and he’s still pushing to accomplish major legislation before he leaves Capitol Hill. That kind of dedication to making our roads and bridges better and safer is inspiring, and we are proud to recognize his career-long efforts to improving our infrastructure,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “Just recently, Chairman Shuster put forward a bold draft proposal on infrastructure that, among other things, seeks to secure the long-term future of the Highway Trust Fund. His proposal has helped generate some much-needed discussion about how Congress could finally tackle this critical issue.”

Shuster is still working to ensure Congress finalizes a multi-year FAA bill, a third WRDA bill, and a FEMA reform bill before the end of this Congress – bills that he has already passed out of the House.

“America’s infrastructure is the backbone of our economy and the connective tissue that allows our nation to thrive.  It is critical that Congress work together, in a bipartisan fashion, to ensure we reform old programs, invest the taxpayers’ money wisely and build an infrastructure that will carry America into the 21st Century,” Chairman Shuster said.

“A few weeks ago, I unveiled a discussion draft intended to spark debate in America on how we can best ensure the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, adopt innovative financing solutions, reform the way we invest in our infrastructure and challenge Congress to look beyond the existing user fees to fund our roads and bridges. NSSGA and its members are a critical voice in that debate, and I appreciate their commitment to improving America’s infrastructure,” Shuster added.

Join together with colleagues from across the country as we advocate for an infrastructure investment that will build our communities and economy. Register now for NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum, Sept. 25-27, in Washington, D.C. 

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