NSSGA Applauds Senate Introduction of The ROCKS Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley issued the following statement after Sens. Mark Kelly (AZ) and Rob Portman (OH) introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act. This Senate companion to H.R. 611 helps to build off of NSSGA’s work of gathering cosponsors in the House bill.
“We want to applaud Sen. Mark Kelly (AZ) and Sen. Rob Portman (OH) for introducing the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping Aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act. We are grateful of their leadership to advance this bipartisan legislation, that promotes sustainable access to needed construction materials, which will improve the lives of all Americans.
“Aggregates are the second most utilized product in the world and are the bedrock in the creation of buildings, roads, airports and bridges. They are indispensable in developing the infrastructure needed to access to clean water, deliver reliable energy and advance environmental stewardship. It is imperative that all communities have access to these essential resources as we work together to improve our outdated infrastructure. Sustainable, local access to aggregate materials improves construction costs, extends taxpayer dollars, reduces congestion and leads to better environmental outcomes.
“We urge all Senators to cosponsor this critical legislation that demonstrates the importance of crushed stone, sand and gravel as essential for local communities.”