The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is calling on members to help pass the Water Resources Development Act.
The bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) has stalled in Congress and will not pass unless grassroots action puts pressure on the Senate to move the bill.
“NSSGA members need to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support a WRDA bill before the July recess,” the association says in a statement.
“WRDA funding addresses the needs of America’s dams, locks, flood protection, ports and other water resources infrastructure—all of which require aggregates. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved S. 2848 on April 28, but neither the full House nor Senate have approved a final bill. Time is running out to vote on the bill before Congress breaks for the summer.
“This act is important to our industry because our materials not only build water infrastructure, but our operations use that very infrastructure to transport materials,” said Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “We urge the entire aggregates industry to reach out to their senators immediately. Let them know that the aggregates industry supports S. 2848 and it should be brought up for a vote before the summer recess.”
“WRDA also authorizes projects and activities related to the key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. House of Representatives’ WRDA reauthorization bill approves 28 new Corps projects. Completing a WRDA this year would help Congress return to a two-year cycle of for WRDA bills. That would ensure regular consideration of the needs of the nation’s water infrastructure, for which NSSGA members supply the essential base materials,” the association says.
Call NSSGA’s Washington Action Hotline at (866) 255-3207 to be connected directly to the U.S. Capitol switchboard and ask to speak to your senators’ office. Operators will direct calls to the appropriate offices.
The association says key points to mention to Senate offices are:
- The Water Resources Development Act is important to the aggregates industry – our materials build water infrastructure, and also use it to transport materials for vital public and private construction
- WRDA enjoys bipartisan support, and it is important that the Senate pass it before the July recess.
- WRDA needs floor time, so encourage Senators to ask their leadership for a floor vote.