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104th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 1st Session                                                    104-414
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         RONALD REAGAN BUILDING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER

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  December 18 (legislative day, December 15), 1995.--Referred to the 
                House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 2481]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 2481) to designate the Federal 
Triangle Project under construction at 14th Street and 
Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, in the District of Columbia, as 
the ``Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center'', 
having considered the same, report favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
    Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United 
States and one of the country's, as well as the world's, most 
famous and beloved citizens. He is a true optimist who brought 
dignity and respect to the office of President and revived the 
nation's patriotic spirit. His life is an example to all that 
through commitment and perseverance we can accomplish anything.
    Ronald Reagan was born February 6, 1911, to parents of 
Irish and Scots-English descent. He grew up in a succession of 
towns in northern Illinois and attended college at Eureka 
College, earning a degree in economics and sociology in June of 
1932. The bedrock of President Reagan's world view came from 
the ruggedly individualistic, optimistic ethic of his parents, 
along with the general values ambient in his small-town Midwest 
boyhood, centered in home, family and patriotism. It was during 
the depression that he spent his young adult life, and 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt became his political hero as 
well as greatly influencing his speaking style.
    President Reagan began his career in communications as a 
sports announcer for the Chicago Cubs, and later became an 
actor in 1937. While a sports announcer, out of his love for 
horseback riding, he enlisted in the United States Army's 
cavalry reserve, but was disqualified for active duty in World 
War II due to his nearsightedness and assigned to make air 
force training films.
    Reagan began his career as the president of the Screen 
Actor's Guild, in 1947. He became a Republican in 1962, and the 
leader of political conservatism in the United States when 
Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 Presidential election to Lyndon 
B. Johnson. He was elected as Governor of California in a 
landslide victory over incumbent Governor Edmund Brown in 1966, 
and handily won reelection in 1968. Reagan began his run for 
the presidency in 1968, but was displaced by President Nixon's 
candidacy until 1976. He lost his bid at the Republican 
Convention in 1976 to President Ford, but overcoming questions 
about his age by the vigor and stamina he displayed in the 1980 
primaries, he won the candidacy and the election in 1980.
    The Reagan presidency stood for the message of economic 
growth and a faith in a future full of opportunity. President 
Reagan liked to describe ``Main Street America'' as the 
``millions who work so hard to support their families and keep 
our country together.'' He often spoke of the rising tide of 
optimism in Main Street America, and that is why it is fitting 
to name and this particular Federal building located on 
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., the Ronald Reagan 
Building and International Trade Center. This building was 
authorized by legislation signed by President Reagan on August 
23, 1987. At the time he signed the legislation, the President 
noted that construction of the building would advance efforts 
to reduce Federal office space requirements, and further the 
trade, economic and diplomatic interests of the United States.

                        compliance with rule XI

    With respect to the requirements of clause 2(l)(3) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives:
          (1) The Committee held hearings on this legislation 
        on December 7, 1995.
          (2) The requirements of section 308(a)(1) of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 are not applicable to 
        this legislation since it does not provide new budget 
        authority or new or increased tax expenditures.
          (3) The Committee has received no report from the 
        Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of 
        oversight findings and recommendations arrived at under 
        clause 4(C)(2) of rule X of the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives.

                     inflationary impact statement

    Under clause 2(l)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure estimates that enactment of H.R. 2481 will have 
no significant inflationary impact on prices and costs in the 
operation of the national economy.

                          cost of legislation

    Clause 7(a) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires a statement of the estimated cost to 
the United States which will be incurred in carrying out H.R. 
2481, as reported, in fiscal year 1996, and each of the 
following five years. Implementation of this legislation is not 
expected to result in any increased costs to the United States.

                       committee action and vote

    In compliance with clause (2)(l) (A) and (B) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, at a meeting of the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on December 14, 
1995, a quorum being present, H.R. 2481 was unanimously 
approved by a voice vote and ordered reported.