The industry engages with congress

Iowa members of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Martin Marietta Materials and Wendling Quarries arranged operations tours for members of Congress this week.

Michele Stanley, director of government affairs, at the association, working with Iowa association members, arranged operations tours for members of Congress this week.

Rep David Young, R-Iowa-3, was taken around the Martin Marietta’s Saylorville Sand in Des Moines on August 18.

The assocition’s members discussed the need for a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill that invests in America’s infrastructure with Young.
Although Iowa raised its state fuel user fee this year, it is not sufficient to meet the transportation needs of Iowans and the state still relies heavily on federal funding.

They emphasized that materials produced from the quarry are critical ingredients to local infrastructure projects.

Association members also discussed the adverse effects the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial Waters of the US rule will have on their operations.

Wendling Quarries will host Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa-1, on August 20.

The goal of these tours, also held in other states this week, is to show members of the US House of Representatives why America needs a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill. Congress is expected to take up the issue when returning from August recess.

Operators in any community can easily schedule a meeting with their members of Congress. Resources and information to arrange these tours can be found on Aggregates In Action, the asociation’s grassroots advocacy website.

The photos and reports from these meetings help the association advocate for aggregates on Capitol Hill, and are greatly appreciated, it says. “Make sure to schedule your own tour or meet with your elected officials soon”.


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