Gardner’s Outdoor Recreation Bill Approved by Commerce Committee

Washington, DC The United States Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today approved Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act, a bipartisan bill introduced with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). 

This legislation would inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. In April, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the Federal Recreation Council will work with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis to assess the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry. Before this announcement, the federal government had never measured outdoor recreation’s impact on the nation’s economy despite estimations that this sector generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs.

Gardner’s legislation will ensure this assessment is codified. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act is supported by over 60 organizations and businesses, including the Outdoor Industry Association and the U.S. Travel Association.

“I’m pleased the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved my legislation, which will allow federal, state, and local policymakers to better understand the economic impact outdoor recreation has on our economy,” said Gardner. “Outdoor recreation is a way of life in Colorado and across the West, and people from all over the world travel to Colorado to experience the state’s great outdoors. I’m proud this legislation will help highlight the industry’s economic benefit, and I look forward to working with Senator Shaheen to further advance this legislation.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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