Members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) are making their case before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), describing just how proposed Section 301 tariffs will hurt the outdoor recreation industry and American consumers.
Those testifying included:
• Tom Cove, president and CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.
• Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association.
• Scott Schloegel, senior vice president for government relations at the Motorcycle Industry Council.
• Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president for government and legal affairs and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
“The current administration’s practice of levying tariffs on a wide variety of products has had an adverse impact on the recreational community,” said ORR’s Benjamin Nasta in a press release. “From running shoes to boats, motorcycles, RVs and other motorized and non-motorized equipment, recreation is being caught in the crosshairs.”
ORR Executive Director Jessica Wahl was invited to testify on the deferred maintenance backlog and potential solutions by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“This hearing represented an extraordinary bipartisan opportunity to explore how we can improve recreation infrastructure essential to outdoor pursuits on our public lands and waters,” she said.
“While visitation to our public lands and waters has increased, insufficient appropriations have contributed to a growing deferred maintenance backlog, negatively impacting not only the recreation industry, but also millions of visitors, and the jobs and local communities that rely on them,” she added