Management and Budget and from
Congress, decides to spend the money it
gets,” he says. “We’re keeping a very close
eye on this whole process and making
the case for boating every time there’s a
How to stay up to date
The budget debates underway in
Washington, D.C., deserve the attention of all recreational boaters right now.
To stay up to date, visit BoatUS.com/
Gov/Budgetwatch to check out our new
online BoatU. S. Budget Watch. (Also, see
“BoatU. S. budget watch” above.)
allocate reduced funds is unclear.
Recreational boaters are one constitu-
ency among many that use the services
of agencies like the National Weather
Service, the Coast Guard, NOAA, EPA,
and the National Park Service. But we’re
important constituents of these agencies.
We have to make the case that broader
programs and spending authorities that
deal with services like environmental
restoration, fisheries management, and
navigation all have important compo-
nents that boaters need and use.”
Kennedy also pointed out that cuts in
the Army Corps of Engineers’ dredging
budget, for instance, could be applied
to all of that agency’s projects, from
digging ever-deeper channels at huge
container ports to maintaining shallow-
draft harbors and shoaling ocean inlets
navigated by recreational boaters. Or, he
says, through the appropriations process,
Congress could tell the Army Corps
where to make the cuts.
“It comes down to how an agency, with direction from the Office of
BoatU.S. budget watch
The chart on page 37 covers the federal agencies that provide specific services or programs that can apply to boating or that can affect boating activity. The numbers reflect total agency spending as authorized by Congress for the
current year (FY 2017). As the 2018 budget takes shape over the coming months,
BoatU.S. will post the amounts proposed from Congress and from the Trump administration, as available, at
In the final analysis, Congress will set FY 2018 spending amounts. So if a particular service or program is important to your boating region or to your interests, it’s
important to speak up as the process goes forward. Go to
BoatUS.com/Gov for links
to contact your members of Congress.
“Congress will have the last word
in the budget appropriations bills that
should pass later this year,” says Kennedy.
“Meantime, as discussions go forward
over funding decisions for federal programs that affect boating, BoatU.S. will
be right there in Washington making the
case that supporting boating, and the $37
billion industry that we represent, makes
good sense for the country.”
Contributing editor Ryck Lydecker, part
of our Government Affairs team for
many years,writes about policy issues
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