The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) was held in Washington, D.C. on May 15-17. By all indications, the organizers of the annual conference say it was a complete success.
The legislative event produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and more than 20 co-hosts, drew nearly 250 attendees who gathered on Capitol Hill to meet with elected leaders and champion issues affecting the recreational boating and fishing industries. The NMMA works closely with Congress all year long advocating for legislation such as the recently passed Outdoor REC Act, which impact core policies, including: infrastructure, access, ethanol, workforce development, tax reform and conservation.
Officers with NMMA felt that this year’s conference presented some particular challenges, as well as some new opportunities, given that they would be working with the new Trump administration. “It’s a critical year because this is a fresh start,” said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s vice president of federal and legal affairs. “This is an administration that doesn’t have the political history that previous administrations had. There’s a lot of education that needs to happen, in educating the folks in the administration as to why boating matters.”
Highlights of the American Boating Congress 2017
Two new members were added to the Congressional Boating Caucus — U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Jim Banks, R-Ind.
In a statement to the press, Vasilaros said, “This year’s ABC was one of the largest gatherings of boating and fishing stakeholders on Capitol Hill — we came together as part of our collective interests in promoting and protecting our industry, and as a result demonstrated our impact among key decision makers.”
There were 185 meetings on Capitol Hill between members of the marine industry and congressional decision makers, a list that included Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.
Award-winning journalist, Jake Tapper of CNN, gave the keynote address at the opening luncheon on May 17th.
Yacht Management, Yachting, and the Economy
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