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National Boating Day resolution introduced

Congressmen Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and Henry Brown (R-S.C.), along with Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), introduced House Resolution 410, designating July 1, 2009, as National Boating Day in recognition of the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the lives and health of the nation’s 59 million boaters and the U.S. economy.

In designating July 1 as National Boating Day, the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to commend the recreational boating industry and community for their responsible stewardship of the environment and marine resources. The resolution also highlights the importance of the recreational boating industry in the U.S. economy by providing a strong manufacturing base and services industry.

“A healthy, vibrant U.S. economy needs a healthy, vibrant U.S. marine industry,” said 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.”

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