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."