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NSSGA Pushes House Appropriations Committee

The House Appropriations Committee approved the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill on June 24 after addressing concerns by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) raised on three key issues for members:

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May Construction Starts Increase 3 Percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $729.7 billion, new construction starts in May climbed 3 percent compared to April’s already elevated pace, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The nonbuilding construction sector provided much of the lift, given an exceptionally strong amount reported for the electric power and gas plant category, which reflected a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Texas being entered as a May start.

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Bipartisan Senators Introduce DRIVE Act

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill titled the “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy” or DRIVE Act.

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Housing Starts Fall; Permits Rise

Nationwide housing starts dropped 11.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units in May from an upwardly revised April reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance rose 11.8 percent to a rate of 1.275 million, the highest level since August 2007.

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