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One Senator Prevents Unanimous Vote to Pass Clean Boating Act
Posted on 07/08/2008
On Thursday, June 26, before Congress adjourned for its week-long July 4 holiday recess, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the primary sponsor of the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766), requested an expedited Senate voting procedure that would have allowed the legislation to pass by Unanimous Consent in the Senate. In order for a bill to pass in this manner, no Senators can object. Unfortunately, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) did voice an objection, arguing the bill should be expanded to include some commercial vessels and filed an amendment to do so. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), an original co-sponsor of the bill along with Nelson, objected to Murkowski's proposed amendment, arguing the bill was the product of delicate compromise. NMMA is hopeful that common sense will prevail and that relief for recreational boaters can be achieved before the imminent September 30, 2008 deadline. Anyone and everyone that cares about boating is urged to contact their elected officials and plead for them to move forward with passage of S. 2766 quickly! Please visit today and send your Senators and Representatives a loud and clear message that you want this bill passed! DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE; ACT TODAY! For more information about the Clean Boating Act of 2008, visit or contact Mat Dunn at (202) 737-9760; Source: Date: July 02, 2008 Contact: Kelly Kaylor (