The Marine Industry's Premier Political & Legislative Event:  May 15–17, 2017

Want to learn more about why you should attend ABC and prepare for your time on Capitol Hill?
You can prepare for your Hill visit by participating in our pre-conference webinar scheduled to take place on April 26, 2-3pm EDT.  During the webinar, NMMA government relations staff will review the issues facing our industry and answer any questions you may have.  'Click Here' to register!

How can I attend the Recreational Angling & Boating PAC Reception?
The Recreational Angling & Boating PAC Reception is limited to NMMA and/or MRAA members. For questions on how to attend, please contact Erica Crocker at ecrocker@nmma.org. All attendees must fill out a prior approval form prior to attending.  If you have not yet signed a prior approval form, please click here to do so. 

What is the dress code for the conference and Hill visits?
The dress code is business casual/business. Members of Congress and their staff are usually in business attire, so it is hard to be overdressed for a Hill visit. Keep in mind that the weather in May can be very warm and humid. You will also be walking from appointment to appointment, so wear comfortable shoes.

What are Concurrent Issue Workshops?
Concurrent issues workshops are interactive educational seminars focused on a single policy issue. These workshops take place along a timeline or “track” that you can tailor to suit your needs. You can customize your ABC experience by choosing to attend only the workshops for the issues that interest you most and are of the greatest importance to your business. Concurrent issues workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 9:30-11:20am.

Where will my Hill visits be located?
Your Hill visits will be in the House and Senate office buildings. Specific offices within these buildings will be specified on your personalized itinerary that you will receive when you arrive at the conference. Download a PDF map of Capitol Hill here.

What do I need to bring to my Hill visit?
Bring plenty of business cards as well as the policy briefs for the issues you plan to discuss at your Hill visit. You will be provided with extra copies of these briefs at registration.  If there is a particular bill that you wish to discuss, know the bill name and number and if there is companion legislation in the other chamber.

Will I be required to go through a security screening?
Yes. You will be required to go through a security screening to enter the Capitol as well as the House and Senate buildings. Please allow extra time to go through security as lines can often build up during peak times.

What should I do after my Hill visit?
After your Hill visit, you should follow up with a quick thank you by email with the Member and/or staff that you met with while you were in Washington. Be sure to provide any additional information requested at this time. In the following weeks, you should follow up with the appropriate contacts on specific legislation or follow up items. One great way to keep your Member of Congress engaged is to invite him/her and their staff to your facility for a plant tour during the August Congressional recess when they are back in the district. NMMA staff are available to help you with preparations for a Congressional plant tour—just let us know!