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106th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     106-537

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                    RONALD H. BROWN FEDERAL BUILDING

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   March 23, 2000.--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. 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 
Harvard University.
    This is a fitting honor to a dedicated public servant.

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    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.

                              RECORD 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 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 
Office 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 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.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               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;'' 
        and
          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 
        Courthouse.''
    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.
            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.