Boating Successes in 2015
BoatPAC makes a difference each day by protecting the recreational boating industry’s interests on Capitol Hill. Interested in learning how? Take a look at just a few of our legislative wins and successful initiatives over the past year:
- 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.
- Secured Engine Manufacturers Division endorsement of isobutonol for recreational marine engines
- Reauthorized $600 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund as part of Highway Transportation bill for 5 years.
- Passed Magnusson Stevens Reauthorization bill in House and secured endorsement letter of 5 state governors for Red Snapper solution.
- Achieved boat specific language for a tailored Prop 65 warning in California.
- 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 and 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.
- 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.
- Reauthorized Ex-Import Banks until 2019.
- Enabled recreational vessel travel to Cuba.
- Presented before EU and US trade negotiators on inclusion of recreational craft in Trans Pacific Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
- Merged with MRAA to form stronger BoatPAC, raised $131,823.81 from 467 contributors of BoatPAC and conducted first IBEX BoatPAC event that raised $13,225.00.
- Added 21 new members to the Congressional Boating Caucus.