Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs announced

Published On: March 23, 2011Categories: Industry News

Representatives Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as co-chairs for the Congressional Boating Caucus in the 112th Congress. The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives formed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. The Caucus seeks to improve the industry’s economic conditions, protect the environment, address boating safety and create international trade opportunities.

“Representatives Miller and Donnelly have been active champions for marine manufacturers in the House of Representatives, and so it is only fitting that they lead the Caucus in this new Congress,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA President. “We thank them for their dedication and leadership and look forward to working with them on the issues that not only impact the nearly 70 million boaters on the water, but hundreds of thousands of marine industry employees.”

Representatives Miller and Donnelly will also speak at the recreational boating industry’s annual legislative conference, the American Boating Congress (ABC), on May 5. Representative Donnelly received the industry’s Admiral’s Circle Award at the conference in 2009 for his work on floor plan financing issues.

“As life-long boater, I know the important role the marine and boating industry plays in many of our nation’s communities,” Representative Miller said. “I have been proud to be a part of this bipartisan caucus for years, and am pleased to once again co-chair this group of members Together, we will work hard to ensure that the use of our waters remain safe, enjoyable and economically viable for years to come.”

“Boating has long been a favorite American pastime, and the industry strengthens our nation’s manufacturing sector,” added Representative Donnelly. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to raise awareness and promote the priorities of boaters, both recreational and commercial, as well as those of the boating industry.”

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