On behalf of the over 400-member companies of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I welcome today’s hearing, titled “Infrastructure: The Road to Recovery.” As your committee understands well, a robust, multi-year surface transportation reauthorization is the most effective legislative tool to combat the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work.
On behalf of the over 400-member companies of the National Stone, Sand, & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I welcome the Commerce Committee’s hearing today titled The State of Transportation and Critical Infrastructure: Examining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you know, a strong and efficient supply chain is necessary for a competitive national economy.
We write on behalf of the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition to express our appreciation for new thinking on both sides of the aisle about how to address the nation’s workforce needs as we recover and rebuild in the wake of the global pandemic. We know firsthand from the business owners we represent: workforce development will be an essential ingredient of the coming economic recovery.
Like many industries, construction and the industries that supply construction materials and equipment have been devastated by COVID-19. Residential and commercial construction has been dramatically curtailed and public works projects are being canceled or delayed, despite many states declaring construction to be an essential service. This has left many of our members operating at severely reduced capacity.
On behalf of over 400 members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) and its Industrial Sand Division, we are writing to express our strong support for frack sand and the companies that produce it be included in any Administration or legislative action to provide relief to the U.S. shale oil industry.
The 31 national associations and labor unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC), write to express our concern with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) April 20 acceptance of Ligado’s application to provide 5G services nationwide. Specifically, the TCC opposes Ligado’s proposed network as it would interfere with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other signals used in and around transportation construction sites.
NSSGA and other associations urged Congress to provide commonsense and appropriately tailored liability protections for manufacturers and other essential industries. NSSGA believes essential industries should not be punished for leading our country’s response to COVID-19, operating in good faith and trying to do the right thing.
During these extraordinary times, we are grateful for your continued leadership and the administration’s work alongside Congress to provide stability and relief to an American people and economy that are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. We also wholeheartedly agree with you that increased federal infrastructure investment should be a top priority in the coming months.
The Clean Water Council (CWC) is a coalition of national organizations representing utility and excavation contractors, design professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, labor unions, construction materials, and others committed to ensuring a high quality of life through sound water infrastructure.
The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) appreciate your continued efforts to address the unprecedented impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the American people and the U.S. economy. The TCC strongly urges you to provide state departments of transportation (DOTs) with at least a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to ensure improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure move forward and mitigate potential job losses in the transportation construction industry.