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NMMA seeks industry comment on hurricane relief funding needs

The NMMA is asking marine industry stakeholders to weigh in on how Congress could best allocate funds for hurricane relief in areas such as the Florida Keys, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The NMMA is asking marine industry stakeholders to weigh in on how Congress could best allocate funds for hurricane relief in areas such as the Florida Keys, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is seeking input from the recreational marine industry on hurricane relief funding and allocation.

The NMMA said it expects Congress to pass a third package with specific criteria on the allocation of funds in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Texas alone is asking for $61 billion more and Gov. Greg Abbott has laid out a 282-project wish list to Congress — much of which details needs for water and boating infrastructure, the NMMA said in its Currents newsletter.

“We expect this legislation to be taken up in December formally, but discussions are going on now regarding this bill’s contents,” the NMMA said. “The NMMA government affairs team wants to be sure we are aware of any specific issues or needs our affected members have that we should be injecting into these deliberations.”

Congress has passed and President Trump has signed two disaster relief bills. A package signed in September provided $15.3 billion of initial funding, primarily to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In October a $36.5 billion emergency package was approved by Congress that was mostly focused on replenishing the accounts of FEMA and other agencies providing immediate, on-the-ground relief in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. 

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