Dennis Ross touts passage of bill supporting outdoor recreation industry

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Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross celebrated the passage of a bill Tuesday that would require government agencies to report on the full economic impact of outdoor recreation, including the Recreational Vehicle industry.

“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,” Ross said. “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,” he said.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, Ross founded the  Congressional RV caucus, members of which include Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski and Nevada Rep. Dina Titus.

The bill, HR 4665, requires the Department of Commerce to work with the Department of Labor and land and water management agencies to quantify the outdoor recreation economy in order to help lawmakers craft policy.

The bill passed the U.S. House Monday, but has yet to be taken up in the U.S. Senate.

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