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Late Monday, the U.S. Senate voted 80-17 to proceed with consideration of the Great American Outdoors Act, a massive legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. A final vote on the measure is expected within a week. “Public lands are incredibly important for providing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the country,” said Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “This monumental bill is particularly timely. As the sportfishing industry,…

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Cash Money

On Friday, June 5, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act which provides small businesses who are participating in PPP with additional time and flexibility to keep their employees on the payroll and ensure continued business operations. “Many of the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) members received PPP loans,” said ASA’s Government Affairs Vice President, Mike Leonard. “While these loans have been a significant help during the economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic, certain loan…

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Money

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill providing additional funding into existing programs to assist small business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The President is expected to sign the bill into law today. The legislation authorizes $310 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program designed to keep employees on small company payrolls. The initial $350 billion provided into PPP, created last month as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security…

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Responsible Recreation

Several outdoor organizations have come together to crowdsource #ResponsibleRecreation as a way to inform the public on the need to act responsibly when recreating outdoors in the era of COVID-19. The goal is to keep the public from breaking social distancing regulations, thus stopping further access closures on our public lands and waters, which has been the reaction of some state and many local governments. Please help us promote #ResponsibleRecreation in your social media, on your website and other communications…

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Taxes and Calculator

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant negative impact on the nation’s economy, including the sportfishing industry. Any and all forms of relief are needed, which is why the American Sportfishing Association recently asked the US Treasury Department for a 90 day delay in the payment due date for the federal excise tax (FET) on sportfishing equipment. Please call your Congressional delegation and urge them to support this request. The Treasury Department has our request, but with so much going…

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