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The 115th Congress has begun with a flurry of activity. Both the House and Senate have taken initial steps to agree on overall budget levels for spending and revenues. As part of this process, Republicans, who hold the majority in both houses, are moving to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Through a budgetary process known as “reconciliation,” Republicans will likely be able to achieve this with only a simple majority, as opposed to a 60 vote threshold typically required to pass legislation in the Senate.

The Senate is currently consumed with confirmation hearings for numerous cabinet officials who have been nominated to serve in the Trump Administration. On Tuesday, January 17, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), who was selected to lead the Department of the Interior. ASA strongly supports Zinke’s nomination.

ASA’s Government Affairs staff began reaching out to new and returning Members of Congress to discuss the industry’s legislative priorities for the 115th Congress.

The industry’s priorities include increasing fishing participation; modernizing federal saltwater fisheries management and improving public access to federal lands and waters. Similarly, ASA is offering policy and personnel recommendations to the Trump transition team for federal agencies that impact the sportfishing industry.