American Boating Congress to have two Cabinet-level speakers

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will speak at the American Boating Congress on May 15. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has released its initial agenda for ABC 2019, but said that it will announce more speakers going forward.

“Secretary Ross and Administrator Wheeler lead agencies that have a significant impact on the recreational boating industry,” the NMMA said in its daily Currents e-newsletter. “The U.S. Commerce Department oversees everything from trade and tariffs to recreational fishing policy, while EPA is responsible for engine emissions and certification requirements to fuel policy.”

Wilbur Ross was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the 39th Secretary of Commerce on February 28, 2017. The NMMA called Ross “the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, ensuring that U.S. entrepreneurs and businesses have the tools they need to create jobs and economic opportunity.”

Ross previously served as privatization adviser to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund.

In late February, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the 15th Administrator of the EPA. President Donald J. Trump had announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018. He had previously been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator on April 12, 2018. Wheeler began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office.


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