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106th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     106-534

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               HERMANN MONUMENT AND HERMANN HEIGHTS PARK

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   March 22, 2000.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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  Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                     [To accompany H. Con. Res. 89]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the 
concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 89) recognizing the Hermann 
Monument and Hermann Heights Park in New Ulm, Minnesota, as a 
national symbol of the contributions of Americans of German 
heritage, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
without amendment and recommend that the concurrent resolution 
be agreed to.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H. Con. Res. 89 is to recognize the Hermann 
Monument and Hermann Heights Park in New Ulm, Minnesota, as a 
national symbol of the contributions of Americans of German 
heritage.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H. Con. Res. 89 recognizes the contributions of Americans 
of German heritage by recognizing the Hermann Monument and 
Hermann Heights Park in New Ulm, Minnesota, as a national 
symbol. The monument was erected in 1897 and later dedicated to 
all German immigrants.
    Although there are currently almost 60 million individuals 
of German heritage residing in the United States, there is no 
recognized, tangible national symbol dedicated to German 
Americans and their positive contributions to American culture, 
arts, industry, military, and government. The statue of Hermann 
the Cheruscan honors a freedom fighter who united ancient 
German tribes to shed the yoke of Roman tyranny and preserve 
freedom for the territory of present-day Germany. The Hermann 
Monument, approximately one hundred feet high, has been placed 
on the National Register of Historical Places. H. Con. Res. 89 
would recognize the Hermann Monument and the Herman Heights 
Park in New Ulm, Minnesota, as a national symbol for the 
contributions of German Americans.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H. Con. Res. 89 was introduced on April 20, 1999, by 
Congressman David Minge (D-MN). The bill was referred to the 
Committee on Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands. On March 15, 
2000, the Full Resources Committee met to consider the bill. 
The Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands was 
discharged from further consideration of the bill by unanimous 
consent. No amendments were offered and the resolution was 
approved by voice vote.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Resources' oversight findings and recommendations 
are reflected in the body of this report.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Article I, section 8 of the Constitution of the United 
States grants Congress the authority to enact this resolution.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2) 
of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this 
resolution does not contain any new budget authority, spending 
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in 
revenues or tax expenditures.
    3. Government Reform Oversight Findings. Under 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 on this resolution.
    4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause 
3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, the Committee has received the following cost estimate 
for this resolution from the Director of the Congressional 
Budget Office.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, March 17, 2000.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H. Con. Res. 89, 
recognizing the Hermann Monument and Hermann Heights Park in 
New Ulm, Minnesota, as a national symbol of the contributions 
of Americans of German heritage.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
            Sincerely,
                                          Barry B. Anderson
                                    (For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
    Enclosure.

H. Con. Res. 89--Recognizing the Hermann Monument and Hermann Heights 
        Park in New Ulm, Minnesota, as a national symbol of the 
        contributions of Americans of German heritage

    H. Con. Res. 89 would recognize the Hermann Monument and 
Hermann Heights Park in Minnesota as a national symbol of 
German heritage. CBO estimates that passage of the resolution 
would have no impact on the federal budget. The resolution 
would not affect direct spending or receipts; therefore, pay-
as-you go procedures would not apply.
    The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis. This estimate was 
approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant Director for 
Budget Analysis.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This resolution contains no unfunded mandates.

               PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL, OR TRIBAL LAW

    This resolution is not intended to preempt State, local, or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this resolution would make no changes in 
existing law.