U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week authored a guest post for the RV Industry Association on the Great American Outdoors Act. The House is expected to vote next week on this bipartisan legislation to support RV manufacturers and workers, promote conservation, and revitalize our national parks.
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Congresswoman Walorski On The Importance Of The Great American Outdoors Act Ahead Of Next Week’s Vote By The House
By Congresswoman Jackie Walorski
July 15, 2020
For generations, our nation’s public lands have been treasured sources of respite, enjoyment, and beauty available to every American. The great outdoors also plays a critical role in our economy, with the $778 billion outdoor recreation industry supporting 5.2 million American jobs.
In northern Indiana, we know that better than most: 80 percent of the nation’s RVs are produced here. It’s why Elkhart, which I represent in Congress, is proud to be known as the “RV Capital of the World.”
… Next week, the House will consider the Great American Outdoors Act, which recently passed the Senate. This legislation will support RV manufacturers and workers, promote conservation, and revitalize our national parks – such as the Indiana Dunes, which last year became Indiana’s first national park.
By investing in long-delayed maintenance projects, the bill will modernize aging infrastructure across our public lands. By permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, it will protect our nation’s most precious natural resources. And by enhancing access to our nation’s public lands, the Great American Outdoors Act will further drive outdoor tourism and recreation, boosting this vital industry and supporting the jobs of countless hardworking Americans.