Navigating the challenging
waters of Washington, D.C.
When BoatU.S. was founded in 1966, we went to work advocating for recreational
boaters in the federal legislative and regulatory arenas. That hasn’t changed.
Here’s a snapshot of issues we’re focused on for 2018
In any given year, the BoatU.S. Government Affairs department provides legislators with the rec- reational boater’s perspective on a
raft of issues – national, regional, and
local. We are your voice to policymakers, and we value your input about what
concerns and affects you on the water.
Our strategy in advocacy is multifac-
testifying before Congress on pend-
ing bills that can either make or break
your day on the water.
face-to-face meetings with key
personnel in agencies such as the
U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of
Engineers, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, and the
Environmental Protection Agency.
in strategy sessions with various coali-
tions, we continually promote the
need to maintain or expand boating
access and take the hassles out of
outdoor pursuits by lobbying against
the expansion of increases to ethanol-
As we approach a new calendar year,
here are some likely front-and-center
topics that will be up for discussion in
the halls of power in our U.S. capital.
Follow(ing) the money
If you follow media coverage of the
federal budgeting process, you know
Congress and the Trump Administration
continue the back-and-forth over the
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As we have done
for more than 50
years, the BoatU.S.
department continues to monitor
and help shape
affects boaters at
the national, state,
and local levels.