Paul Ryan joins list of speakers at ABC


U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is the latest member of Congress to confirm as a speaker at the American Boating Congress, which runs May 8-9 in Washington, D.C.

Serving his eighth term as a member of Congress, Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he works to bring fiscal discipline and accountability to the federal government. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, Social Security, health care and trade laws.

Ryan joins Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and several other prominent speakers at the event.

Manchin joined Congress in 2010, having previously served as West Virginia’s secretary of state from 2000-2004. In 2005, he began six years as governor of West Virginia. Legislatively, job creation is Manchin’s top priority, working to produce American jobs and encouraging the government to act as a partner to help create opportunity.

“We are delighted to welcome this broad spectrum of industry advocates, policy experts and legislative decision-makers to the 2013 American Boating Congress,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “Their insight will help inform our industry about the current political and economic climate and how we can work together toward continued growth in recreational boating.”

Other speakers include:

• Deerin Babb-Brott, director of the National Ocean Council Office: A White House initiative, the National Ocean Council provides sustained, high-level and coordinated attention to ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues and focuses on actions to advance the National Ocean Policy. Babb-Brott brings more than 20 years of experience developing innovative and successful solutions to management challenges in the coastal and marine environment, with expertise in government affairs and marine policy.

• Rear Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard: Lee reported to Coast Guard headquarters to be the deputy for operations policy and capabilities in May of 2012 after his assignment as the Fifth District commander in Portsmouth, Va. He oversees the integration of operations, capability, strategy and resource policy. Lee has spent 13 years in six different command assignments and spent a career specializing in boat operations and search and rescue.

• Kenneth Walsh, White House correspondent at U.S. News and World Report: Walsh, who has covered the White House full time for U.S. News since 1986, is one of the most experienced and longest-serving reporters ever to cover the presidency. With an extensive contact list of Washington insiders, Walsh has both historical and contemporary perspective on events.

• Frank Peterson, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation president: The RBFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing participation in fishing, boating and aquatic stewardship. Peterson joined the RBFF in 2007 as president and CEO, with more than 20 years of industry experience and advocacy.

The 2013 ABC, co-hosted by 31 industry organizations, is the premier legislative conference for the recreational boating industry.

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