BOULDER, Colo. – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today celebrated the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill:
“We are thrilled to see this historic bipartisan infrastructure bill pass the Senate and continue to gain steam,” said OIA executive director Lise Aangeenbrug. “The outdoor industry has made no secret of its strong support for this proposal. We are encouraged by its many provisions to mitigate the impacts of climate change, including wildfires, droughts, and floods; expand access to and improve our nation’s parks and trails; and enhance our natural infrastructure resources. Just as importantly, this bill will provide long overdue improvements to America’s core infrastructure – roads, bridges, ports, and airports – which will help our $778 billion industry and 5.2 million employees deliver our products to consumers and connect people with parks and green spaces.
“Although we celebrate today’s achievement, we recognize there is a tremendous amount of work ahead of us. The outdoor industry stands ready to continue working with business leaders, policymakers, and others – as we have done throughout this process – to ensure this critical legislation reaches President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. We also look forward to working with lawmakers and administration officials on the upcoming budget reconciliation bill to include additional climate solutions, such as the creation of a Civilian Climate Corps. As these negotiations proceed, we are also hopeful that Congress will act to provide additional funding for the Department of Interior aimed at mitigating wildfires, improving resilience, and combatting severe drought.”
About the Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry. OIA unites and serves 1,200 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.