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106th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session 106-537
RONALD H. BROWN FEDERAL BUILDING
March 23, 2000.--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. 938]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom
was referred the bill (H.R. 938) to designate the Federal
building located at 290 Broadway in New York, New York, as the
``Ronald H. Brown Federal Building'', having considered the
same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend
that the bill do pass.
Secretary Brown was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up
in New York City. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont,
and earned his law degree from St. John's University. Between
earning his degrees, Secretary Brown served four years in the
United States Army in both Germany and Korea.
Ronald H. Brown was the first African-American Secretary of
Commerce. He was an advocate for civil rights; worked to close
the divisions of race, religion and cultures; and was a mentor
developing young talent and extending opportunity to the next
generation of leaders.
Secretary Brown's life was one marked by a record of
accomplishment and service to his country. It was in this
service that he died. In 1996, while on a mission of foreign
trade development, the airplane carrying Secretary Brown
crashed in Bosnia.
Secretary Brown was nominated to his cabinet position by
President Clinton in 1993. In addition to his Cabinet position,
Secretary Brown had held the rank of Captain in the United
States Army; and held the offices of Vice President of the
National Urban League and Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary
Committee. Secretary Brown also served on the Board of Trustees
for Middlebury College and was chairman of the Senior Advisory
Committee at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at
This is a fitting honor to a dedicated public servant.
On March 16, 2000, the Committee met in open session and
ordered reported H.R. 938, designating the Federal building
located at 290 Broadway in New York, New York as the ``Ronald
H. Brown Federal Building,'' approved March 15, 2000, by the
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings,
Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Transportation, by voice vote
with a quorum present. There were no recorded votes taken
during Committee consideration of H.R. 938.
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 record vote on a motion to
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter,
and the names of those members voting for and against. There
were no recorded votes taken in connection with ordering H.R.
938 reported. A motion by Mr. Franks to order H.R. 938
favorably reported to the House was agreed to by voice vote, a
quorum being present.
COST OF THE 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
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the
Committee references the report of the Congressional Budget
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 on the
subject of H.R. 938.
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. 938
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, March 20, 2000.
Hon. Bud Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of
Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed the following bills, which were ordered reported by
the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on
March 16, 2000. CBO estimates that their enactment would have
no significant impact on the federal budget, and would not
affect direct spending on 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. The bills reviewed are:
H.R. 938, a bill to designate the federal building
located at 290 Broadway in New York, New York, as the
``Ronald H. Brown Federal Building;''
H.R. 1279, a bill to designate the federal building
and United States courthouse located at 236 Sharkey
Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi, as the ``Aaron E.
Henry Federal Building and United States Courthouse;''
H.R. 1605, a bill to designate the federal building
and United States courthouse located at 402 North
Walnut Street in Harrison, Arkansas, as the ``J. Smith
Henley Federal Building and United States Courthouse;''
H.R. 2412, a bill to designate the federal building
and United States courthouse located at 1300 South
Harrison Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the ``E.
Ross Adair Federal Building and United States
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is John R.
Righter, who can be reached at 226-2860.
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.