SMA joined over three hundred other organizations in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer expressing strong support for S. 168, the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA).

CVIDA, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House during the 114th Congress, would eliminate a regulatory burden that hinders interstate and international commerce by replacing multiple federal and state regulations with a single national standard for the regulation of ballast water and other discharges incidental to normal vessel operations.  The bill would also maintain protective measures jointly undertaken by industry and federal agencies to reduce the movement of invasive species on the navigable waterways.

S.168 is good for American jobs, good for the economy, and good for our nation’s waterways.  The bill will restore the efficient and cost-effective movement of marine commerce in the U.S.  It is important that CVIDA be enacted in 2017.