Welcome to 2016! As we usher in a new year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the advocacy successes of 2015. Together though grassroots work, lobbying and strengthening our relationships on Capitol Hill, we’ve made major strides to ensure a robust future for recreational boating. And we couldn’t have done it without your commitment as a boating advocate!
So here it is, your TOP 20 Advocacy Victories!
- Staff meetings, member testimony and thousands of public comments led to the introduction of 9 pieces of new legislation calling for a reform to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a letter from 184 elected officials urging EPA to take action, and a final EPA ruling that set renewable volume obligations to levels lower than the legal mandates—preventing a massive flood of E15 into the marketplace.
- Reauthorized $600 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund as part of Highway Transportation bill for 5 years.
- Finalized Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement among 12 Pacific rim countries which achieved lower tariffs for recreational vessels, streamlined standards processes, and higher regulatory protections.
- Achieved boat specific language for a tailored Prop 65 warning in California.
- Reauthorized Ex-Import Banks until 2019.
- Enabled recreational vessel travel to Cuba.
- Passed legislation in House and Senate to fix model year definition.
- Passed legislation in House and Senate to update engine weight regulations in Coast Guard Reauthorization.
- Introduced legislation in House to prohibit implementation of marine reserve at Biscayne National Park. Had amendment added to House Sportsmen’s Act
- Finalized General Management Plan for Everglades National Park that reduced pole and troll zones and increased corridors for better visitor access.
- Delayed HFC-134 foam regulations for recreational craft until 2017.
- Secured Engine Manufacturers Division endorsement of isobutonol for recreational marine engines
- Presented before EU and US trade negotiators on inclusion of recreational craft in Trans Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
- Passed Magnusson Stevens Reauthorization bill in House.
- Secured endorsement letter of 5 state governors for Red Snapper solution.
- Merged with MRAA to form stronger BoatPAC.
- Raised $131,823.81 from 467 contributors of BoatPAC.
- Conducted first IBEX BoatPAC event that raised $13,225.00.
- Added 21 new members to the Congressional Boating Caucus.
- Passed “Tax Extenders” package that make permanent tax breaks important to manufacturers such as R&D and bonus depreciation.
While this list is long, there’s still more to be done. 2016 is a major election year so please keep your eyes open for more information soon on the 2016 Election Center, coming soon! And don’t forget, this year’s American Boating Congress is May 9-11, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. You won’t want to miss it!