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NMMA, EBI, ICOMIA pen joint letter to President Trump on tariffs

On Tuesday, NMMA, the European Boating Industry (EBI), and the International Council of Marine Industry Association (ICOMIA) sent a joint letter to President Trump expressing their deep concern for the escalating trade dispute and the direct impact to the recreational boating industry in the European Union and the U.S. NMMA, EBI, and ICOMIA are urging all parties to quickly resolve ...

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American Boating Congress plans aggressive attendee advocacy

Midterm elections loom large The National Marine Manufacturers Association intends to be politically pugnacious with its attendee outreach during this year’s American Boating Congress.  That’s because the mid-term election clock is ticking and time is running out before new lawmakers are elected and arrive in Washington, D.C. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the ...

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Boating businesses give Trump administration positive grade

Water access, ethanol, tax policy are top concerns By Tim Hennagir Trump administration policies implemented in the president’s first year in office are having a positive effect, according to a majority of those surveyed by Boating Industry. However, when asked about the scope of overall government regulation and its ongoing impact upon marine businesses, many respondents provided strong responses when ...

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Senate committee passes Modern Fish Act

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation overwhelmingly approved S. 1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This legislation calls for critically important updates to the oversight of federal fisheries, including adding more tools to the management toolbox, improving data collection techniques, and examining some fishery allocations that are based on decades-old ...

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NMMA hosts successful ‘Day on the Water’ events at political conventions

More than 500 people turned out for two events highlighting the marine industry at last month's Democratic and Republican national conventions. The National Marine Manufacturers Association hosted the events along with several other industry associations and companies with the goal of advancing the industry's key issues. "It's an opportunity to highlight our industry in front of decision makers at the ...

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Survey: Regulations still big worry for industry

Ethanol, RFS top list of concerns From tax policy to environmental regulations to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the government is making it more difficult to do business in the boating industry, say a majority of Boating Industry readers. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the industry. We asked the readers of ...

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At the Helm: Your advocacy matters

What is your top challenge in your business? Tracking down more business? Acquiring the capital to grow? Finding and keeping great employees? Whatever it is, there’s a very good a chance that you can find a government or regulatory issue at its core. Sure, there are societal and economic reasons that boating has declined in popularity from its peak, but ...

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Survey: Ethanol, other policy issues big concerns for boating

From tax policy to environmental regulations to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the government is making it more difficult to do business in the boating industry, say a majority of Boating Industry readers. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the industry. We asked the readers of our print and digital products ...

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Pre-ABC webinar scheduled for April 21

Ahead of the 2015 American Boating Congress, the government relations staff at the National Marine Manufacturers Association will review the most important government issues facing the industry. The one-hour webinar will cover key policy issues and how to best communicate them to your legislator during the American Boating Congress (ABC) May 11–13. Click here to register. Policy issues and ABC ...

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A new Washington voice for MRAA

William Higgins recently came on board as the public policy manager for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. Before joining MRAA, Higgins worked in both the U.S. House and Senate and most recently worked for a consulting firm on state and local issues. Boating Industry talked to him about his role and some of his goals for MRAA. What ...

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