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#SubDCCP to Explore Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Industry


Members Will Discuss Consumer Benefits and Economic Potential of Outdoor Recreation and How to Continue Growing This Industry

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, chaired by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), today announced a hearing for Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Outdoor Recreation: Vast Impact of the Great Outdoors.”

Outdoor recreation is a growing and diverse industry that contributes significantly to major traditional American economic sectors.  Whether it be through purchasing products or participating in outdoor activities, American consumers drive this industry by spending billions of dollars on outdoor recreation.  Last year, Congress recognized the importance of this industry by passing the Outdoor REC Act, which ensures the outdoor recreation economy is counted as part of the U.S. GDP. Next week, members will continue exploring the many benefits of outdoor recreation and any barriers that may stifle any continued growth in this important and far reaching industry.

“Outdoor recreation has become a significant catalyst for economic growth in so many communities across our country,” said Chairman Latta. “Whether Americans are hiking, fishing, or picnicking, they are spending billions each year on outdoor activities. Next week’s hearing allows our members to learn more about this industry’s economic opportunities and how the federal government is helping, or hindering, its ability to flourish. I look forward to hearing first-hand from witnesses on the ways we can support this sector’s growth and viability.

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.

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