In a news release Friday (Dec. 9), the RV Industry Association applauded last week’s signing of the Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions Act (REC Act) by President Barack Obama.
RVIA has been a strong advocate for the legislation, which directs the U.S. Department of Commerce to analyze and report on the full economic impact of the outdoor recreation economy. This invaluable data will be critical in helping federal, state and local governments make informed policy and business decisions that impact outdoor recreation enthusiasts, including RV owners.
“We are thrilled to see the REC Act signed into law,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “This is a great win for the outdoor recreation community and the RV industry. This research will provide policymakers at all levels of government with critical information to properly invest in recreation infrastructure that will allow the current and next generation RVers to enjoy the iconic federal lands and campgrounds for many years to come.”
RVIA has been aggressively advocating on this issue throughout the current legislative session and made it a central topic in discussions with legislators during the association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day this past June. RVIA Chairman of the Board Bob Parish cited the efforts of the 73 RV industry executives taking part in Advocacy Day as a crucial step in building support for the legislation.
“RVIA members helped illustrate the economic impact of the RV and outdoor recreation industries to more elected officials on Capitol Hill than ever before,” he said. “That effort resonated with the passing of the REC Act in both houses in Congress and in President Obama’s signing the legislation.”
Passage of this bill through Congress would not have been possible without the support of numerous House and Senate RV Caucus members who co-sponsored the bill.
“Indiana’s 2nd District is the RV Capital of the World, so I know how vital the recreation industry is to our nation’s economy,” said House RV Caucus Co-Chair Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-2). “I am honored to be a co-sponsor of the REC Act, which will ensure we have a full picture of the economic impact of these businesses and the jobs they create so we can keep this industry growing.”
“We are very thankful for the bipartisan support of the REC Act among members of Congress in both houses,” said Hugelmeyer. “They had a keen appreciation of the need for this legislation to arm legislators and federal officials with data to make well-informed decisions on outdoor recreation issues and initiatives.”