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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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NMMA announces Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs

NMMA welcomed Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), and Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) as the Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs in the 116th Congress. Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the caucus is a bipartisan group of more than 100 U.S. Senators and Representatives formed in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. ...

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NMMA to offer advocacy programs during 2019 boat shows

With the 2019 boat show season kicking off this week, NMMA is inviting all stakeholders and exhibitors to join the advocacy team at select shows for a discussion on important issues impacting the recreational boating industry. Click here to register today. The first events – titled “Propelling Our Industry Forward” – will be held in Atlanta on Thursday and in Chicago ...

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NMMA ramps up advocacy efforts after Congressional summer recess

Last week, NMMA and their members held several events and meetings on Capitol Hill and with the administration to highlight the recreational boating industry’s priorities – including trade, the Modern Fish Act, E15, and workforce development. The November midterm elections are just around the corner and NMMA is working diligently to accomplish the industry’s objectives before the end of the ...

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NMMA, Smoker Craft discuss trade with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Doug Smoker, President of Smoker Craft, and Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs, recently met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to discuss the Administration’s trade policies and their effect on the recreational boating industry. NMMA and their members have been at the forefront of advocating for a resolution in the escalating trade ...

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NMMA’s Vasilaros appointed to NBSAC

For the first time in more than 10 years, the National Marine Manufacturers Association will have representation on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), with the appointment of Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s vice president of Federal and Legal Affairs. Vasilaros’ term runs through Dec. 31, 2019. The council has consistently provided invaluable advice to the Coast Guard on a broad range ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy names new government relations leader

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers, is pleased to announce Nicole Vasilaros as the new chairwoman of its Government Relations Committee – a CSP committee made up of recreational fishing and boating stakeholders focused on improving federal marine fisheries management policies. Vasilaros, vice president of federal and legal affairs for the National ...

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