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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-142

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  RECOGNIZING THE NUMEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE RECREATIONAL BOATING 
  COMMUNITY AND THE BOATING INDUSTRY TO THE CONTINUING PROSPERITY AND 
                     AFFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES

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June 8, 2009.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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         Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and
                Infrastructure, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 410]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the resolution (H. Res. 410) recognizing the 
numerous contributions of the recreational boating community 
and the boating industry to the continuing prosperity and 
affluence of the United States, having considered the same, 
report favorably there- on without amendment and recommend that 
the resolution be agreed to.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    House Resolution 410 recognizes the contributions of the 
recreational boating community and the boating industry to the 
continuing prosperity and affluence of the United States.

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    Recreational boating is a central part of the tourism and 
recreation industry in the United States. However, as the 
United States continues to experience rising unemployment rates 
concomitant with the decline in the U.S. economy, the 
recreational boating industry is experiencing significant 
declines in new sales. Total expenditures on recreational 
boating-related services are also declining.
    According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association 
(NMMA), the total manufacturing levels in the ``recreational 
marine sector'' have declined by at least 40 percent, and that, 
as of March 2009, individual boat sales had declined by nearly 
30 percent year over year. According to NMMA, these conditions 
have resulted in a nearly 30 percent drop in total employment 
in the marine industry.
    Similarly, there have been extensive declines in production 
volumes at multiple recreational boat manufacturers, which have 
forced firms to reduce their employment levels and even close 
production facilities.
    Given the challenges facing the recreational boating 
industry, H. Res. 410 is intended to recognize the 
contributions the industry and the boating community have 
made--and will continue to make--to the U.S. economy. The 
resolution will also bring attention to the challenges that 
this industry--like so many U.S. manufacturing industries--is 
facing in the current economic climate.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

    H. Res. 410 recognizes the contributions of the 
recreational boating industry and the boating community to the 
United States. This resolution also acknowledges that the 59 
million individuals who boat generate more than $33 billion for 
the U.S. economy, and provide jobs for 337,000 Americans. This 
resolution recognizes that the 1,400 active boat builders in 
the United States use materials and services from all 50 
states.
    Recreational boating activities provide opportunities for 
families to be together and have a beneficial effect on 
scholastic performance and physical fitness of those who 
participate.
    Finally, H. Res. 410 urges the President to issue a 
proclamation declaring July 1, 2009, as National Boating Day.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On May 6, 2009, Representative Ron Klein introduced H. Res. 
410.
    On June 4, 2009, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session to consider H. Res. 410. The 
Committee ordered H. Res. 410 reported favorably to the House 
by voice vote with a quorum present.

                              RECORD VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
requires each committee report to include the total number of 
votes cast for and against on each record vote on a motion to 
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter, 
and the names of those members voting for and against. There 
were no recorded votes taken in connection with consideration 
of H. Res. 410 or ordering the resolution reported. A motion to 
order H. Res. 410 reported favorably to the House was agreed to 
by voice vote with a quorum present.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    With respect to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, H. Res. 410 is a resolution of 
the House of Representatives, and therefore does not have the 
force of law. As such, there is no cost associated with this 
resolution for fiscal year 2009, or any fiscal year thereafter.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
advises that the resolution contains no measure that authorizes 
funding, so no comparison of the total estimated funding level 
for the relevant programs to the appropriate level under 
current law is required.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no statement of general performance and 
objectives for any measure that authorizes funding is required.
    3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no cost estimate nor comparison for any 
measure that authorizes funding is required.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, H. Res. 410 does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), or 9(f) of rule XXI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, H. Res. 410 is a resolution of the 
House of Representatives, and therefore does not have the force 
of law. As such, clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII does not apply.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    H. Res. 410 contains no Federal mandates.

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H. Res. 410 does not 
preempt any state, local or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the resolution does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (P.L. 104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H. Res. 410 makes no changes in existing law.