Federal Relations

NMMA Federal Relations

The power of government and regulatory bodies to shape the future of the boating industry is unquestionable. Standing in the wings while recreational boating laws and regulations are being formulated simply will not do. That is why NMMA GR is at the forefront of our industry's government relations efforts, maintaining one of the most effective lobbying efforts in the nation.

The NMMA GR office analyzes hundreds of legislative bills filed in issue areas affecting our members. The department monitors the Congressional calendar, committee meetings and floor activity for legislative issues of interest to recreational boating. We also work to serve as information for Members of Congress and their staff.

NMMA GR is committed to educating decision makers about the issues of concern to the boating industry. NMMA GR knows that there is strength in numbers, and that each member can assist in these issues by working with their elected representatives. We can positively influence and shape the future of our industry.

Below are links to various current legislative issues that are of importance to the NMMA Membership at large.

Economic Relief   American Boating Congress 2010   Ballast Water & Boat Permitting    
Labor Policy   Trade Policy   U.S. Oceans Policy / Marine Protected Areas    
Fisheries Policy   Ethanol   Water Access    
Natural Resources Policy   Tax and Economic Policy   Intellectual Property    

  • NMMA Supports Business Activity Tax Simplification Act [PDF - 229.1 Kb]

    BATSA would clarify that businesses without a physical, "bricks and mortar" presence in a state cannot unreasonably taxed.

  • Letter from Virginia Delegation to Governor Tim Kaine Supporting BATSA [PDF - 3429.61 Kb]

    On October 7, 2008, the entire Virginia Congressional delegation with the exception of Representative Jim Moran, signed a letter to Governor Tim Kaine urging support for the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (BATSA). The letter notes that BATSA would ensure fairness, minimize costly litigation for both state governments and taxpayers and create the kind of legally certain and stable business environment that encourages business to make investments, expand interstate commerce and create new jobs.

  • NMMA Comments to House Ways & Means Committee on Tax Technical Corrections Act of 207 [PDF - 244.18 Kb]

    NMMA on Dec. 3 filed comments with the House Ways and Means Committee regarding legislation that would repeal a job-producing tax rate for privately-held American exporters.

  • NMMA Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Tax Technical Corrections Act of 2007 [PDF - 225.08 Kb]

    NMMA on Dec. 3 filed comments with the Senate Finance Committee regarding legislation that would repeal a job-producing tax rate for privately-held American exporters.

  • Protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction [PDF - 163.98 Kb]

    The mortgage interest deduction is an important tax break that makes boating more affordable for the average family and supports the manufacturing jobs of hundreds of thousands of workers.

  • Lowering Cap on Mortgage Interest Deduction Would Hurt Boat Owners [PDF - 37.56 Kb]

    On November 1, 2005, NMMA sent a letter to President George W. Bush opposing the reduction of the current $1.1 million mortgage interest deduction cap by nearly 60% to 80% and making it unavailable for second residences, including boats. This cut will harm the industry by making boat ownership less affordable for the middle class.

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