NMMA Government Relations:
Working for YOU
 20 NEW members join the Congressional Boating Congress
 NMMA hosted 4 Congressional Boating Caucus briefings
 Boating United launched this year!
 Water Resources Development Act PASSED and signed into
LAW
 Sport Fish and Restoration Boating Trust Fund reauthorized
until May 2015
 Directed EPA to conduct consumer outreach on E15,
through House Appropriations bill
 Presented to European and US trade negotiators for
recreational boating needs in TTIP
 Language inserted into House Appropriations
bill directing EPA to conduct E15 consumer
outreach
 FTC rulemaking to better label pumps above
E15
 Still waiting for 2014 RVO’s……
 Ongoing “Look Before you Pump”
E15 Availability
 E15 is available at more than 90
stations across the nation.
 The locations are spread between 14
states.
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Wis., S.D., Ohio, Neb., N.D., N.C., Mo.,
Mich., Minn., Kan., Ill., Iowa, Ark. and Ala.
 E15 is less costly because wholesale
ethanol usually carries a lower price
than gasoline.
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E15 retails for as much as 15 cents/gallon
less than E10
E15 Market Expansion
 Major retailer Cenex (1,400 locations) recently developed
partnership under the Cenex® Tank Program to provide
additional E15 fuel dispensers at select retail locations.
 Protec Fuel announced 28 new stations in states currently
without E15 infrastructure across major metropolitan areas of
Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, as well as locations in
Florida and Virginia.
 Chicago City Council has been considering an ordinance that
would mandate most gas stations offer E15.
Magnuson-Stevens Act:
A Vision for Saltwater Recreational Fishing
Morris/Deal Commission
Co-Chaired by:
• Johnny Morris, founder and
CEO, BassPro Shops
• Scott Deal, president, Maverick
Boats
Morris/ Deal Commission Findings
1.
Establish a national policy for recreational fishing
2.
Adopt a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management
3.
Allocate marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation
4.
Create reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines
5.
Codify a process for cooperative management
6.
Manage the forage base
Recreational Fishing by the Numbers
 455,000 recreational fishing jobs v. 381,000 commercial
fishing jobs
 $70 Billion economic impact from saltwater recreational
fishing
 58% of boat outings include fishing
Legislative Update:
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W O R K T O I N C O R P O R AT E R E C R E AT I O N A L F I S H I N G O B J E C T I V E S I N T H E M S A
R E A U T H O R I Z AT I O N C O N T I N U E S .
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T H E H O U S E N AT U R A L R E S O U R C E S C O M M I T T E E A D VA N C E D A N M S A
R E A U T H O R I Z AT I O N B I L L , H . R . 4 7 4 2 , T H E " S T R E N G T H E N I N G F I S H I N G
COMMUNITIES AND INCREASING FLEXIBILITY IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
A C T, " W H I C H D I D V E R Y L I T T L E T O I N C O R P O R AT E T H E M A J O R I T Y O F T H E
POLICY GOALS LAID OUT BY THE MORRIS-DEAL COMMISSION.
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N M M A L O O K S F O R WA R D T O C O N T I N U I N G O U R E N G A G E M E N T W I T H S E N .
R U B I O A N D S E N . B E G I C H T O I N C O R P O R AT E O U R P R I O R I T I E S I N T H E F I N A L
V E R S I O N O F A N Y L E G I S L AT I O N .
Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust
Fund
Sport Fish Restoration &
Boating Trust Fund
What is the SFRBTF?
The Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund
(SFRBTF) provides funding for fisheries
conservation in the U.S., and is a critical funding
pool for a diverse set of important state and
national recreational fishing and boating programs.
Sport Fish Restoration &
Boating Trust Fund
How does the SFRBRF work?
• SFRBTF receives its funding from an excise tax on fishing tackle and
equipment as well as from the 18.3 cents per gallon federal tax on
gasoline used in marine engines and other small engines
• The SFRBTF amounts to approximately $600 million per year
SFRBTF
SFRBTF Accomplishments
• Stocking of almost 4 billion fish
• Development of 11,000 public boating access ramps
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and sites
4.7 million students taught aquatic education
63,000 acres of fish habitat protected
Sport Fish Restoration &
Boating Trust Fund
Legislative Update
 Continue to support reauthorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust
Fund as part of the 2014 Highway Bill.
 The House and Senate have passed an extension of the Trust Fund until the end of May
2015.
 NMMA and its partners continue to work with Hill staff and Administration officials to
address changes needed to ensure the continued viability of the Trust Fund.
Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) Reauthorization
• The Ex-Im Bank assists in financing U.S. exports from
thousands of American companies
• 90% of the Bank’s transactions directly support U.S. small business,
including many in our industry.
• Authorization set to expire at the end of the month
• NMMA partnered with NAM and other stakeholders for the
“Exporters for Ex-Im” campaign
• Thousands of letters (including via Boating United) generated to
Capitol Hill
• Hundreds of Op-eds
• Support from top Congressional leaders, the White House and other
key policy makers
GOAL: Secure long-term reauthorization
Likely receive a 9 month reauthorization, as part of CR
The Midterms
Two Big Questions:
• Can the Democrats maintain control of the Senate?
• Will the Conservatives gain further influence in the
House?
Map of All 2014 Senate Races
Key Races
• Colorado
• Iowa
• Alaska
• North Carolina
• Louisiana
• Arkansas
ALL CURRENTLY
DEMOCRATIC
52 Republicans
48 Democrats
65% Chance Republicans
control Senate
*Nate Silver Projection (9/3)
239 Republicans
196 Democrats
*Larry Sabato Projection (8/7)
• Only 13 “Toss-Up” races
• 39 Combined Toss-up/Lean Races
• Republicans need +11 for largest
majority in the party’s modern
history (post 1920s)
So About 2015?
More Conservative House + More Divided
Senate + Legacy Years for President Obama =
Advocacy 365 Days a Year
Thousands of advocates taking
unified action:
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4,000 letters sent to Capitol Hill
1,600 comments sent to EPA
Mobilization in Chicago
One bill vetoed
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