Outdoor Recreation Act Makes Progress

A picture of U.S. Senator John Barrasso
U.S. Senator John Barrasso

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act. Passage means the act moves to a full Senate vote.

According to RVIA President and CEO, Craig Kirby, “America’s Outdoor Recreation Act is crucial to the RV industry and the wider outdoor recreation industry. It remains a significant factor in making sustainable improvements to our nation’s campgrounds and improving the experiences of current and future RVers. In addition, the Act provides greater access to the health benefits offered by the great outdoors and offers an economic boost to both the local and national economies. We would like to thank Sens. (Joe) Manchin and (John) Barrasso for their steadfast leadership on advancing this important bipartisan legislation.”

The outdoor recreation industry contributes $862 billion to the national economy, makes up nearly 2% of national GDP and generates 4.5 million jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

A picture of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Jessica Wahl Turner, president of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) said, “We thank Sens. Manchin and Barrasso and the many other champions of the outdoor industry in Congress for continuing to push this vital recreation package and look forward to its continued progress through Congress this year.”

The package will provide support for outdoor recreation opportunities across the country, said Kent Ebersole, Outdoor Industry Association executive director. The legislation will have an impact on all Americans spending time outside, Ebersole said, while bolstering the outdoor recreation economy and the jobs it provides.


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