The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting the success it achieved at the American Boating Congress, which took place earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
The House of Representatives passed the Coast Guard authorization bill HR 1987. Language in the bill supports model-year and engine-weight updates for the recreational boating industry.
A series of Hill meetings took place, including:
• Conversations with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to discuss tax reform as it relates to the boating industry.
• Discussions with Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who chairs the Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, to thank him for his work on passing the Coast Guard reauthorization.
• Face-to-face meetings with Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.; Kiel Weaver, majority staff director of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans and Bill Ball, and professional staff with the same subcommittee to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Three members of Congress have agreed to join the Congressional Boating Caucus since ABC: Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.; Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.; and Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.; and Stacey Plaskett, a delegate to Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands.