a brief update on the re-authorization of the Sport Fish Restoration
and Boating Trust Fund. As you may recall, I have sent several messages
and MRAA sent a Dealer Alert on efforts to re-authorize the Highway
Trust Fund in the House of Representatives. It appears the floor vote
will come up next week. In addition, it has been confirmed the House
version of H.R. 7 does include re-authorization of the Sport Fish
However, the Senate version
that was marked up in committee does NOT contain the Sport Fish
Reauthorization. Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has
stated the Sport Fish language will be offered on the Senate floor. It
is looking good that the Senate will also consider its Transportation
bill on the floor next week.
There is a major
problem between the House and Senate versions of the same bill. It does
not look positive for the two versions to be reconciled in
conference. The difference lies in the amount of money being authorized
for highway projects with the Senate authorizing about 250 billion more
than the House and both having dug in.
A more likely solution will be short term re-authorizations at previous funding levels for all transportation funds.