OIA in D.C. Notes From The Hill: March 2022

Our hard work to promote outdoor recreation and the industry’s policy priorities is reaping benefits.

April 6, 2022

It has been a very busy month in Washington, D.C., but our hard work to promote outdoor recreation and the industry’s policy priorities is reaping benefits. From our work on climate solutions to outlining key priorities for federal tariff reform and trade initiatives, OIA continues to ensure that the outdoor industry is front and center in critical outdoor legislation.

2022 Policy Agenda

This month, we published our 2022 Policy Agenda reiterating our policy commitments and goals for the rest of the year. This agenda is a valuable resource as we educate Congress about OIA’s climate change, recreation and conservation, international trade, and state and local priorities. We continue to work in a bipartisan fashion with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels to help the outdoors thrive.

OIA x CORP 30×30 Membership Webinar

On March 1, OIA hosted a webinar, in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency, to provide insight on the 30×30 initiative in California and at the federal level, why it is important for companies to be involved in social impact and advocacy, as well as how to integrate 30×30 initiatives into their own marketing. On October 7, 2020, California became the first state in the country to commit to protecting 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.

Advancing Federal Outdoor Legislation

Last year, President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, which advances conservation and recreation and addresses critical infrastructure challenges facing the nation. OIA was a key player in ensuring that climate provisions were included in the final bill.

On March 3, 2022, OIA along with 51 other hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations signed a letter encouraging the administration to use resources from the new law to advance wildlife crossings, ensure aquatic connectivity and fish passage, promote clean water, and sustain broad-scale restoration objectives.

Supporting Federal Tariff Reform  

OIA continues to support federal tariff reform and specific initiatives that relieve outdoor businesses of the disproportionately high and unnecessary import taxes that stifle innovation, suppress U.S. jobs, and artificially inflate retail prices on outdoor products.

Last month, OIA along with 178 trade associations among Americans for Free Trade (AFT) signed a letter urging congressional leadership to take action on creating a transparent, fair tariff exclusion process for products subject to 301 tariffs as they are critical to providing interim relief for U.S. businesses.

As companies in the U.S. continue to recover from the global pandemic, face supply chain disruptions, and operate in an inflationary economic environment, OIA will continue to call on the administration to use more strategic tools to address China’s unfair trade practices without further damaging U.S. competitiveness.

OIA also joined 176 trade organizations within AFT on March 29 in sending a letter to Ambassador Tai, the United States Trade Representative, expressing strong support for a fully transparent review of the Section 301 tariffs on products from China which includes a comprehensive economic assessment of the tariffs’ impact on the American economy. We believe the review presents an important opportunity to assess the Trump Administration’s tariffs and determine whether the Biden-Harris Administration will continue them as part of its China trade policy.

Amplifying Outdoor Trade Initiatives

OIA sent letter to Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on March 22 to express the critical need for inclusion of trade provisions in the reconciled version of H.R. 4521 – The America Competes Act of 2022 (“COMPETES Act”) and S.1260 – the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 (“USICA”). Outdoor companies continue to face exorbitant transportation costs, increases in raw material prices, and other inflationary pressures. Action on important trade provisions is necessary to sustain their U.S. operations, preserve their ability to create U.S. jobs, and develop innovative new products.

OIA Webinar on New Opportunities to Combat Climate Change                   

Outdoor companies came together last year in record numbers to express support for historic investments to combat climate change contained in the Build Back Better plan (BBB). It is more important than ever for outdoor businesses to step up the plate and help get BBB across the finish line. This OIA webinar on March 29 highlighted key climate provisions in BBB – from the Civilian Climate Corps and natural climate solutions to accelerating the transition to renewable energy – and discussed how companies can be advocates for the planet.