Senate passes National Boating Day resolution

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The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Thursday declaring July 1 as National Boating Day.

Introduced by U.S. Sens. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., the resolution recognizes the important role recreational boating and the boating industry play in the lives of the nation’s 70 million boaters and the U.S. economy.

“The boating industry is very important to the economy of North Carolina and provides families with the opportunity to enjoy our state’s scenic treasures, from our mountain lakes to the Outer Banks,” Burr said in a statement.

Kohl echoed those sentiments: “The boating industry has always been an integral part of Wisconsin’s landscape. From the boat manufacturing jobs it supports, to the millions of dollars generated by recreational boating, it has a tremendous impact on our economy and has made our state a tourist destination. This resolution recognizes the many ways boating has shaped Wisconsin.”

In addition to Sens. Kohl and Burr, more than 20 senators co-sponsored the resolution. A companion measure sponsored in the House by 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., passed unanimously June 9 in the House of Representatives with 27 bipartisan co-sponsors.

“The entire marine industry and recreational boaters nationwide look forward to celebrating National Boating Day,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, in a statement. “Not only is recreational boating a beloved pastime, but marine businesses are important parts of their communities and our national economy, creating business opportunities and local jobs.”

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5 comments on “Senate passes National Boating Day resolution

  1. john thomas

    Here in Florida, where we have the largest number of watercraft in the country, we do appreciate the recognition for our industry. However, it would be of greater benifit to all boaters across the country if Congress would address the issue of the widespread damage Ethanol is doing to marine motors, fuel tanks and fuel system. It is presently cost boat owners millions in repiars that would not be necessary except for Ethanol. As boaters and boating industry personel, we are very conscious of the environment.  Presently we see more harm from additional ferilization runoff for ever growing biofuel crops, than we see any sort of benifit. Ethanol is an expensive and damaging product to motors and the environment. Will someone please get a grip here.

  2. Arch

    I”m sure glad my tax dollars are hard at work.  This is REALLY going to turn around our industry.  And we can surely afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars of tax payer money it cost, if not millions.

  3. Ole Boat Builder

    Lets see if I’ve got this straight…………..
    Congress gives Chrysler and GM billions to bail out two totally broken companies, who will only require billions more before at turnaround (if it ever occurs).
    Then they toot their own horns about introducing July 1, as National Boating Day.
    More likely, it should be National Boating Wake unless Congress is committed to doing something similar for the boating industry that they did for Chrysler and GM.  After all, as a whole, the Boating Industry is far bigger than Chrysler (except we don’t have the UAW for them to pander to).
    What a hypocritical bunch we have in Washington.

  4. out of biz

    Ain’t it all grand…wow, National Boating Day…that will surely upright this sinking ship.

  5. captaintbird

    It only took unit the very last possible moment to fix the EPA permit screw up because boats are considered “Fat Cats” by the political arena. I wonder how close to re-election these Senators are that they are trying to backtrack and find a group of supporters to keep them in office?

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