The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it has submitted its “appropriations request” for fiscal year 2020 to the U.S. Congress, as both the House of Representatives and Senate finalize their funding packages.
“While the appropriations process sets the spending levels at every agency in the federal government, it is often an opportunity to improve and enhance initiatives or programs that are important to marine manufacturers and the entire recreational boating community,” NMMA said in today’s Currents e-newsletter.
The programs outlined in NMMA’s appropriation request are designed to promote and protect boating access, U.S. manufacturing jobs, and local economies that depend on the recreational boating industry.
The NMMA said its priorities include: Enhancing and maintaining the nation’s waterways; promoting innovative technology to improve on-the-water safety; identifying new revenue sources to increase access to and reduce user-conflicts on public waters; educating boaters about harmful misfuelling at their local gas stations; and helping restore vital ecosystems from the Florida Everglades to the Great Lakes.
“Given the legislative gridlock that often grips both chambers of Congress, the annual appropriations process consistently remains one of the few legislative vehicles that crosses the finish line,” said the Currents story. “NMMA will closely monitor the appropriations process as it unfolds on Capitol Hill and will continue to advocate for the industry’s priorities with lawmakers and key staff.”