H.J.Res.15 - Recognizing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to the United States economy.110th Congress (2007-2008)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] (Introduced 01/16/2007)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture | Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry|
|Latest Action:||12/19/2007 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 110th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.J. Res. 15 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 1st Session H. J. RES. 15 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES December 18, 2007 Received December 19, 2007 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry _______________________________________________________________________ JOINT RESOLUTION Recognizing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to the United States economy. Whereas Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since the 1850s; Whereas, by 1900, one in five American families decorated a tree during the Christmas season, while, by 1930, a decorated Christmas tree had become a nearly universal part of the American Christmas celebration; Whereas 32.8 million households in the United States purchased a live-cut Christmas tree in 2005; Whereas the placement and decoration of live-cut Christmas trees in town squares across the country have become an American tradition; Whereas, for generations, American families have traveled hundreds and even thousands of miles to celebrate the Christmas season together around a live-cut Christmas tree; Whereas 36 million live-cut Christmas trees are produced each year, and 98 percent of these trees are shipped or sold directly from Christmas tree farms; Whereas Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, Virginia, California, and Ohio are the top producers of live-cut Christmas trees, but Christmas trees are grown in all 50 States; Whereas there are more than 21,000 growers of Christmas trees in the United States, and approximately 100,000 people are employed in the live-cut Christmas tree industry; Whereas many Christmas tree growers grow trees on a part-time basis to supplement their other farm and non-farm income; Whereas growing Christmas trees provides wildlife habitat; Whereas, in 2005, Christmas trees were planted on more than a half million acres of land; Whereas 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted in 2006, and, on average, over 1,500 Christmas trees can be planted per acre; and Whereas the retail value of all Christmas trees harvested in 2005 was $1.4 billion: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress recognizes the important contributions of the live-cut Christmas tree industry, Christmas tree growers, and persons employed in the live-cut Christmas tree industry to the United States economy. Passed the House of Representatives December 17, 2007. Attest: LORRAINE C. MILLER, Clerk.