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350 converge on D.C. for ABC 2019

My top takeaway from three days in our nation’s capital for the 2019 edition of the American Boating Congress? That every American, regardless of what it is they do for a living, should spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from their district, having their voices and opinions heard, and getting a glimpse into how Washington works. I ...

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NMMA applauds Congressional Democrats and President Trump meeting on infrastructure

President Trump and congressional Democrats met at the White House to begin discussions on passing and signing a robust infrastructure package into law. NMMA welcomed the summit and urged leaders to modernize blue-green infrastructure as part of any comprehensive proposal. "We applaud the continued dialogue between policymakers on repairing our nation's crumbling infrastructure, said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president ...

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NMMA, coalition groups urge EPA to reconsider year-round E15 sales

NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) joined together on a press call to express strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to allow year-round sale of higher ethanol blended E15 gasoline. NMMA has repeatedly called on EPA to abandon its policy and encourages all stakeholders to submit comments to the EPA before ...

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NMMA to host webinar on ABC 2019

With the 2019 American Boating Congress (ABC) just around the corner, NMMA is hosting a webinar later this month to provide registrants and potential attendees an overview of what to expect at this year’s industry summit in Washington, D.C. Click here to register today. The webinar is a great opportunity to receive more information about this year’s agenda, priority issue ...

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Boating industry representatives testify at EPA hearing on year-round E15 sales

Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public field hearing on its proposed rule to lift the restriction on summertime sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15). NMMA and its coalition and industry partners have long opposed increasing the volume of ethanol in the fuel supply and are weighing all options to thwart EPA’s proposal. Tim Reid, ...

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Maverick Boat CEO Testifies at Senate Hearing on the Blue Economy

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled "Our Blue Economy: Successes and Opportunities" to examine the need for increased federal investments in ocean technologies and fisheries – a top advocacy priority of the recreational boating and fishing community. NMMA board member Scott Deal, President and CEO of Florida-based Maverick Boat Group testified at ...

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Senate Committee holds hearing on outdoor recreation infrastructure

This morning, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on improving access, infrastructure, and permitting for outdoor recreation. The National Marine Manufacturers Association applauded the committee’s leadership for convening the hearing, noting that the action shows outdoor recreation remains a key bipartisan priority. Ahead of the hearing, NMMA senior vice president of government relations ...

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NMMA advocacy team continues to grow

NMMA recently announced that Jill Sims, former staffer in Congressman Dave Reichert’s (R-WA-08) office, joined the organization as its newest policy and engagement manager, supporting the association’s advocacy and grassroots activities in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The hire comes as NMMA expands its advocacy footprint at the federal and state levels.   NMMA senior vice president ...

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NMMA advocacy team adds two new members

NMMA announced today that Callie Hoyt and Clay Crabtree have joined the association as its newest directors of federal government relations. The hires come as the federal legislative season kicks into full gear and NMMA works to advance the recreational boating industry’s policy agenda on all fronts, including conservation, infrastructure, and trade.   “Callie and Clay both bring a depth ...

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NMMA provides advocacy update following government reopening

The longest federal government shutdown in history ended last week when the administration and Congress agreeing to a three-week stopgap bill that funds the government through Feb. 15. While the shutdown created several challenges for the recreational boating industry, NMMA’s advocacy efforts continued on several fronts. Looking ahead, NMMA is encouraging federal leaders to reach a long-term agreement that keeps ...

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