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106th Congress Report
1st Session HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 106-112
WILLIAM H. NATCHER BRIDGE
April 27, 1999.-- Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be
Mr. Shuster, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 1162]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom
was referred the bill (H.R. 1162) to designate the bridge on
United States Route 231 that crosses the Ohio River between
Maceo, Kentucky, and Rockport, Indiana, as the ``William H.
Natcher Bridge'', having considered the same, report favorably
thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
hearings and legislative history
H.R. 1162 would designate the bridge currently under
construction on United States Route 231 near Owensboro,
Kentucky, in honor of the late William H. Natcher, who served
as a Representative from the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over
Congressman William H. Natcher was born in Bowling Green,
Kentucky, on September 11, 1909. He graduated from Western
Kentucky State College in 1930 and from Ohio State University's
law school in 1933. During World War II, Mr. Natcher served in
the U.S. Navy from 1942-1945. He began his many years of public
service serving as Federal Conciliation Commissioner for the
Western District of Kentucky, County Attorney of Warren County,
and Commonwealth Attorney before being elected to Congress in a
special election in 1953. Mr. Natcher was a member of the House
Committee on Appropriations, serving as chairman of two
different subcommittees and then rising to assume chairmanship
of the full Committee in 1993. While in Congress, Mr. Natcher
cast a record 18,401 consecutive votes--not missing 14,161 roll
call votes and 4,240 quorum calls over a 40-year period. Each
year he issued only one press release, and that was to announce
his voting record. Mr. Natcher died in office on March 29,
It is particularly fitting that this bridge be named in
honor of Mr. Natcher since construction of this bridge was one
of his top legislative priorities. He has been credited with
being responsible for laying the groundwork for the bridge and
securing Congressional support for its construction.
Mr. Natcher's many years of dedicated public service to the
Commonwealth of Kentucky and to the House of Representatives
are truly deserving of being recognized through the naming of
this bridge as the ``William H. Natcher Bridge.''
On April 22, 1999, the Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure met to consider H.R. 1162. Mr. Petri asked
unanimous consent that the Subcommittee on Ground
Transportation be discharged from further consideration of H.R.
1162. The Subcommittee was discharged from consideration of the
bill without objection. H.R. 1162 was ordered reported by voice
vote, without amendment, with a quorum present. In the 104th
Congress and the 103rd Congress, the House passed identical
legislation on June 18, 1996 and on September 22, 1994,
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 rollcall vote on amotion to
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter, and the
names of those members voting for and against. This measure passed by
committee oversight findings
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, no oversight
findings and recommendations are included in this report.
cost of legislation
Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is
included in this report.
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
references the report of the Congressional Budget Office
2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Committee has received no report of oversight findings and
recommendations from the Committee on Government Reform and
Oversight on the subject of H.R. 1162.
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 has received the following cost estimate for H.R.
1162 from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, April 26, 1999.
Hon. Bud Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed H.R. 1162, a bill to designate the bridge on United
States route 231 that crosses the Ohio River between Maceo,
Kentucky, and Rockport, Indiana, as the ``William H. Natcher
Bridge,'' as ordered reported by the House Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure on April 22, 1999. CBO
estimates that its enactment would have no significant impact
on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or
receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
The bills contain no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded mandates Reform Act and
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is James
Barry B. Anderson
(For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
constitutional authority statement
Pursuant to clause (3)(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of
the House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or
joint resolution of a public character shall include a
statement citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in
the Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.
federal mandates statement
The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform
Act. (Public Law 104-4.)
advisory committee statement
No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b)
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this
applicability to the legislative branch
The Committee finds that the legislation 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. (Public Law