The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday (Nov. 14) passed the Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions Act, known as the REC Trade Act, which directs the U.S. Depts. of Commerce and Labor to analyze and report on the full economic impact attributable to the outdoor recreation economy.
The Bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
“The REC Trade Act” – known as H.R. 4665 in the House – was introduced in March this year, and was recommended to the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade as well as the Energy and Commerce Committees.
The REC Trade Act would require the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to conduct an annual assessment and analysis of the entire U.S. outdoor recreation economy – something akin to the RV Industry Association’s RVs Move America study on a much larger scale that would include boating, camping and powersports, among other industries.
U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after the passage of the Act:
“Tourism, the outdoors and Recreational Vehicles are an important part of Florida’s economy. The RV industry, in particular, provides thousands of jobs across the U.S., including in my own district. For more than one hundred years, RVs have allowed families to take the comfort of their homes onto the road to experience the many wonders our diverse land has to offer. As a lifetime RVer and co-chair of the Congressional RV caucus, I was proud to sponsor the bipartisan REC Act so we can know the economic impact the outdoor recreation economy has on our great nation.”
More about the REC Act
- This legislation directs the Department of Commerce to work with the Department of Labor and the land and water management agencies to quantify the outdoor recreation economy.
- While the Outdoor Industry Association’s economic report will remain relevant, federal statistics in this area are important to providing annual, objective government data.
- This study will provide more information for policy makers to make more informed recreation policy and business decisions at the local, state and federal levels, and brings the outdoor recreation industry one step closer to being recognized as a powerful contributor to the U.S. economy.
- This legislation is supported by dozens of organizations and businesses, including sportsmen, conservation and parks groups, the motorized community and recreation advocacy groups.