Rep. Kind Takes the Lead on Priorities of Wisconsin's Sportsmen and Women
First Ever ‘Congressional Sportsmen’s Week’ to Highlight Importance of Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation in Wisconsin and Across America
Washington, D.C. – Following National Hunting and Fishing Day this Saturday, September 22, 2007, next week U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, will take the lead on the first-ever “Congressional Sportsmen’s Week” on Capitol Hill. During the week the House will act on several measures promoting hunting, fishing, boating, and outdoor recreation in Wisconsin and across the country.
“Next week, the House will for the first time dedicate a week to recognizing the important contributions made by millions of sportsmen and women across America,” Rep. Kind said. “These men and women represent not only an important part of our economy, but our heritage as well. They are also a driving force in many conservation efforts – from protecting our remaining open spaces for all to enjoy, to combating global warming, and keeping our rivers and lakes clean.”
Previous studies have estimated that every year, nearly 38 million sportsmen and women in America contribute $250 billion directly and indirectly to the national economy through hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation activities. These activities also employ more than 1.6 million people a year. More recent data will be released next week.
During the week of September 24-28, the House will commence “Congressional Sportsmen’s Week” in an effort to highlight the vital importance of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation to America’s economy, environment, health, and way of life. Legislative activity will include passing resolutions recognizing the important contributions of sportsmen and women, and committee consideration of important conservation initiatives. Additionally, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation will announce the release of a report detailing new data on the tremendous economic impact of the sportsmen’s community.
“While Washington politics often seem far removed from our favorite duck blind or deer stand, elected officials can have a direct impact on the ability of sportsmen and women to enjoy the great outdoors,” Rep. Kind continued. “Congressional Sportsmen’s week will show that the new Democratic Congress has made the interests of outdoor enthusiasts a priority.”
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus is the largest bipartisan Congressional caucus with nearly 300 members in the U.S. House of Representatives and 50 in the U.S. Senate. The active leadership of the CSC includes a Democrat and Republican chair and vice chair in the House and the Senate.