ATA Show: Day 1 – Paul Ryan Welcome Message

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Right now the ATA Archery Trade Show  is in Indianapolis for its annual three-day run on Jan. 8-10, 2015. The Archery Trade Association’s leaders expect a balance of new and improved features will make the 2015 Show the biggest and best yet. Returning to Indy – the favored Show location based on ATA-member surveys – is a positive, much-anticipated move.

We’ve got a cold Indiana morning working, a bone chilling  -2 degrees with the downtown wind making it a -20 wind chill.

To start off the ATA Show bowhunter and Congressman Paul Ryan sent a message to everyone attending via internet. Click On the image below to hear this. 

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“I just want to say thank you again to the Archery Trade Association and everyone there in Indianapolis. I truly wish I could be there to enjoy it with you all.” — Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

A longtime ally of the archery and bowhunting industry, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) welcomes ATA members to the 2015 ATA Trade Show in an exclusive video.

Ryan has regularly stepped forward to help the industry, often on his own. “I like working with the archery industry because it’s a sport that’s done a lot for me,” Ryan told ATA contributing editor, Patrick Durkin, in a piece published in an issue of “Inside Archery.”

A few months prior to 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selecting Ryan as his running mate, the ATA awarded the congressman the position of Chair of its Honorary Board. Ryan was also the lawmaker behind critical legislation in 2004 that closed a tax loophole and fixed other tax laws that applied to archery equipment manufacturers. The loophole once gave foreign manufacturers of archery equipment a 12.4 percent price advantage.

Here are excerpts from Ryan’s welcome video:

As most of you know, I’m a lifelong hunter, and I love spending time outdoors with my family.  It’s something that I learned to love when I was young, and I’m working on passing that appreciation on to my own kids.

There are amazing things happening in your industry.  Today, nearly 19 million Americans have experienced the excitement of archery, which is up 270 percent from 2001.

And as a Member of Congress, I want to do what I can to help this growing trend.

There are a number of ways that Congress can have an impact.  Whether it’s protecting our rights, our access, or reducing burdensome regulations—we want to fix these issues.

And I want you all to know that, in Congress, we want to get these issues right.  We’re going to continue promoting policies that will help American families and businesses so we can build a healthy economy, and we want to preserve our hunting heritage for future generations.

With that, I just want to say thank you again to the Archery Trade Association and everyone there in Indianapolis.  I truly wish I could be there to enjoy it with you all.

Have a great time, and keep up the good work.