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Industry leaders applaud recent Senate efforts for outdoor recreation

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) members recently applauded the Senate for introducing a bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, that prioritizes the $20 billion maintenance backlog facing public lands and waters and fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It includes the Restore Our Parks Act (ROPA), which would help improve key outdoor recreation related facilities like docks, ...

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NMMA announces executive leadership team

The NMMA announced today a new executive leadership team as it reorganizes and builds the framework for NMMA’s strategic vision under NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer. The five-person team reports directly to Hugelmeyer and ensures a strategic focus on the organization’s advocacy and market expansion priorities.  With more than 15 years successfully navigating NMMA through financial challenges and opportunities spanning show ...

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US and China reach initial deal on tariffs

Last week, the Trump administration and China reached a partial deal – known as the Phase One Trade Agreement – to deescalate the ongoing trade war. While some details of the agreement have yet to be released – including the timeline for implementation. The NMMA said it welcomed the news and urged both parties to keep negotiating until all tariffs are removed. ...

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Congressional champions introduce conservation bill

Yesterday, Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01) – members of the Congressional Boating Caucus – introduced legislation to reauthorize and restore the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund (Trust Fund) – a $650 million program established at the behest of recreational boaters and anglers in 1950 to pay for conservation and infrastructure projects in all 50 states. Protecting and expanding the ...

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State of Virginia adds outdoor recreation office

Virginia joined a growing number of states that have embraced the importance of outdoor recreation by establishing an Office of Outdoor Recreation. Governor Ralph Northam unveiled the office at an event in Roanoke, attended by representatives from NMMA, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, and the RV Industry Association. This action represents a sincere effort by the state to commit to strengthening ...

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NMMA signs President Trump’s workforce pledge

This week, NMMA signed President Trump’s ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’ – an initiative aimed at challenging industries and companies of all sizes to commit to providing new education and training opportunities over the coming five years. NMMA said addressing the marine industry’s workforce shortage is a top priority and the association is urging all stakeholders to join them in this effort. ...

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Legislators introduce new outdoor recreation access bill

Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (H.R. 3458), which would increase recreational opportunities on public lands and waters. The NMMA said it strongly supports this legislation and is actively advocating for its passage. "Led by boating and fishing, outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy, and the ...

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NMMA, coalition partners participate in new tariff hearings

Yesterday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) held the first day of hearings regarding proposed Section 301 tariffs on approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese products (List 4). Held at the International Trade Commission, NMMA participated by bringing items that would be affected by the administration's newest round of proposed tariffs. NMMA was joined by representatives from the ...

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U.S. Trade Representative announces exclusion process for list 3 of Section 301 tariffs

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the first details regarding the exclusion process for Chinese products on List 3 ($200 billion) of the Section 301 duties. USTR had previously stated that an exclusion process for List 3 was to be implemented along with the increase in the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 percent. The Federal Register notice released by ...

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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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