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Recreational boating and fishing industry applaud reintroduction of Bipartisan 'AORA'

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 21 Mar 2023 10:22 PDT
Recreational boating and fishing © Blake Bronstad

Last week Senator Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Barrasso (R-WY) reintroduced in the 118th Congress America's Outdoor Recreation Act (AORA) with strong bipartisan support and the backing of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the larger outdoor recreation industry.

The NMMA and $862 billion outdoor recreation economy urge swift approval of this bill so that many more Americans can enjoy outdoor spaces and their associated benefits to health and wellness. "America's Outdoor Recreation Act will bolster outdoor recreation access and opportunities for the millions of Americans who continue to discover the benefits of the great outdoors and time spent on our nation's lands and waters," said Frank Hugelmeyer, President and CEO of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). "We thank Senators Manchin and Barrasso for their bipartisan leadership in re-introducing this critical bill, and are encouraged by the work under way in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a meaningful recreation package early in the new Congress. The recreational boating and fishing industry urges Congress to swiftly pass this bill in the weeks to come."

This groundbreaking legislation not only boosts local and national economies, it also gives more Americans — especially those in underserved areas — greater access to green spaces and public lands and waters while not costing taxpayers a dime to implement.

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