Congress returned from its summer recess this week and among the bills that await action is the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association said the act is a key program for the recreational boating industry. It authorizes and funds the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and make improvements to the country’s harbors and waterways.
Senate leaders have brought a package to the floor for debate, which was viewed as the biggest hurdle to clear; the bipartisan bill has strong support in the Senate and leaders are confident that the bill has enough votes behind it to pass this month, according to the NMMA.
The NMMA has been pushing for Congress to reauthorize the act before it expires at the end of the year. The bill was a major goal at the American Boating Congress and in subsequent advocacy and grassroots outreach.
Next week, in conjunction with the Congressional Boating Caucus and a coalition of industry stakeholder groups, the NMMA will host two congressional briefings for members of Congress and their staffs to provide more information about the act’s effects on the industry.