NMMA previews American Boating Congress agenda


The National Marine Manufacturers Association today announced a preview of the agenda for the 2012 American Boating Congress, set for April 24-25 at Capitol Hill locations that include the Liaison Hotel and the National Guard Memorial Building.

The agenda includes:

Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service: Jarvis leads an agency that preserves and manages nearly 400 national parks, which include some of the nation's most treasured landscapes and cultural icons. He will speak to the assembly on issues such as Biscayne National Park and the proposed General Management plan, threatening to close access to boaters and anglers.

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.: Harris serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology committees and chairs the subcommittee on Energy and Environment. He will speak on E15, including information about what members can do to help stop this potentially dangerous legislation.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.: Whitehouse is a member of the Budget Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. He chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and the EPW Subcommittee on Oversight and is co-chairman of the Senate Oceans Caucus. He will talk about the oceans and Great Lakes and how recreational fishing and boating on them are economic drivers for the country.

Francisco J. Sanchez, undersecretary of commerce for international trade: An appointee of President Obama, Sanchez will discuss the New Marketing Export Initiative, of which the NMMA is a strategic partner.

Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies: Newhouse is a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm that has been described as the leading Republican polling company in the country. He will discuss the 2012 elections and provide a political forecast for the year.

Greg Ip, The Economist: Ip is U.S. economics editor at The Economist, which is based in Washington, D.C. He covers the economy, financial markets and monetary, fiscal and regulatory policy. At ABC he will discuss the ongoing economic changes and how they may affect the recreational boating industry after the recession.

“NMMA is thrilled to host such a variety of respected and knowledgeable speakers at this year’s ABC,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “It is imperative to our industry that we participate in an ongoing dialogue about policy issues affecting us all.”


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