In one of its first acts upon returning to Washington post-election, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed The Outdoor REC Act! The bill was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and received bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 12 Democrat cosponsors. It now moves to the Senate, where it is being led by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), with a total of 15 cosponsors.
The bill aims to formally assess and analyze the outdoor recreation economy in the United States – which supports an estimated 6 million jobs and generates $646 billion in economic activity annually. Congress’ action is necessary to make sure the outdoor economy receives official government recognition for years to come. Federal agencies play an important role in outdoor recreation, managing lands and waters which host more than a billion recreation visits. The Outdoor REC Act would help shape good choices in allocating federal funds through the budget process and in investing private funds which enhance recreation on public lands and waters.
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