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106th Congress                                                   Report
  1st Session           HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                106-112

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                       WILLIAM H. NATCHER BRIDGE

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  April 27, 1999.-- 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. 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 
40 years.
    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, 
1994.
    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.''

                        committee consideration

    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, 
respectively.

                             rollcall 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 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 
voice vote.

                      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 
included below.
    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.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               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 
O'Keefe.
            Sincerely,
                                          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 
legislation.

                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 
104-1.)