The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) – the marine industry’s premier political and legislative event produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and more than 20 co-hosts – wrapped up last week, drawing nearly 250 attendees who gathered on Capitol Hill to meet with the nation’s leaders and champion issues most impacting the recreational boating and fishing industries.

Core policies including infrastructure, access, ethanol, workforce development, tax reform, and conservation were the focus of the conference’s new Issue Workshops and during Hill Visits.

An impressive 185 Hill Visits took place on Capitol Hill—meetings with members of the marine industry and Congressional decision makers—allowing the industry to amplify its voice and demonstrate its engagement on key matters impacting boating and fishing. Members of the recreational marine industry met with politicians including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and more.

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