A resolution designating July 1, 2009, as National Boating Day was introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla., and Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., along with Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., introduced the measure in recognition of the 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.
"A healthy, vibrant U.S. economy needs a healthy, vibrant U.S. marine industry," Klein said in a statement. "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.