National Boating Day proposed in Congress

WASHINGTON — House Resolution 410, introduced in Congress late Wednesday, would designate July 1, 2009, as National Boating Day in recognition of the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the U.S., according to a release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.), along with the co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.).

“A healthy, vibrant U.S. economy needs a healthy, vibrant U.S. marine industry,” said Rep. Klein. “The marine industry is responsible for over $2.8 billion in direct sales and 30,000 jobs statewide. In my district alone, there are over 34,000 registered boats, and the industry produces $193 million and employs over 2,000 of my constituents. Clearly, boating is not just a coastal pastime, it’s an American pastime.”

NMMA President Thom Dammrich applauded the resolution and thanked Reps. Klein, Brown, Taylor and Miller for their support of the boating industry.

“Not only does recreational boating create real business opportunities and jobs, it’s a way for families and friends to connect and experience life on the water,” Dammrich said. “Now more than ever, it’s important that people get out on the water and spend quality time with their families, discover and enjoy the boating lifestyle and keep the boating industry strong in America.”

The resolution must now move through Congress before President Obama can issue a national proclamation in observance of the day.

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