Registration opens for American Boating Congress

Registration is open for the American Boating Congress, which is set for May 9-11 on Capitol Hill.

Registration is open for the American Boating Congress, which is set for May 9-11 on Capitol Hill.

Each year ABC brings boating industry leaders to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the industry. In 2015 National Marine Manufacturers Association members, co-hosts and industry stakeholders completed more than 400 Hill meetings.

These are some of the industry victories the NMMA said followed last year’s ABC:

  • The introduction of nine pieces of legislation calling for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a letter from 184 elected officials urging the EPA to take action and a final EPA ruling that set renewable volume obligations at levels lower than legal mandates — preventing a massive flood of E15, or gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, into the marketplace
  • The House of Representatives passed the Coast Guard reauthorization bill, HR 1987; language in the bill supports model-year and engine-weight updates
  • Reauthorized the $600 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund as part of the highway transportation bill for five years
  • Enabled recreational vessel travel to Cuba.

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