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107th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st Session 107-319
DESIGNATION OF RICHARD J. GUADAGNO HEADQUARTERS AND VISITORS CENTER
December 5, 2001.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Hansen, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 3334]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 3334) to designate the Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters
and Visitors Center at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge,
California, having considered the same, report faorably thereon
without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
PURPOSE OF THE BILL
The purpose of H.R. 3334 is to designate the Richard J.
Guadagno Headquarters and Visitors Center at Humboldt Bay
National Wildlife Refuge, California.
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
Richard J. Guadagno was born on September 26, 1962, in
Trenton, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and
graduated from that institution in 1984 with dual degrees in
biology and natural resources management. Richard, who was 38
years old, served with high distinction at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service for 17 years. During his career, he worked as
a biologist, wildlife inspector and as an employee of the
National Wildlife Refuge System. It was during this period that
he served at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in
Delaware, the Great Swamp and Supawna Meadows National Wildlife
Refuges in New Jersey, and the Baskett Slough and Ankeny
National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon.
In March 2000, Mr. Guadagno was selected as the new manager
of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Eureka,
California. This Refuge was established in 1971. By all
accounts, Mr. Guadagno was doing an outstanding job of managing
the Refuge which is home for more than 200 bird species, four
endangered species and a diversity of wetland habitats
including mudflats, eelgrass beds, sand spits, uplands, salt
marsh and brackish and freshwater marsh. In addition, he had
made the completion of the visitors center there a top priority
to foster more public access to the Refuge and all it had to
offer. Sadly, Mr. Guadagno's career was prematurely ended by
the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when he and 44
others perished in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in
Stony Creek Township in Pennsylvania.
In her letter to Mr. Guadagno's parents, Secretary of the
Interior Gale A. Norton wrote, ``Rich was a beloved colleague
to those who worked with him and a model professional whose
skill and dedication were greatly admired within the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service. He is one of our nation's heroes.'' The
Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mr.
Marshall Jones in a letter to all Service employees noted,
``Rich was a sincere and dedicated employee, highly regarded by
all who knew him, and his parents are deeply proud of his
chosen career with the Fish and Wildlife Service.'' Finally,
Ms. Anne Badgley, the Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service's Pacific Region wrote, ``Rich was one of our
finest managers in the National Wildlife Refuge System and he
will be solely missed.''
The sponsors of this bill strongly believe that this is an
appropriate recognition of the hard work and dedication of this
outstanding federal employee who was tragically killed on one
of the darkest days in this Nation's history.
H.R. 3334 was introduced on November 16, 2001, by
Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and 135 cosponsors and was
referred to the Committee on Resources. On November 28, 2001,
the full Resources Committee met to consider the bill. There
were no amendments offered and the bill was ordered favorably
reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous consent.
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 bill.
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
bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in
revenues or tax expenditures.
3. General Performance Goals and Objectives.--This bill
does not authorize funding and therefore, clause 3(c)(4) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives does not
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 bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, November 30, 2001.
Hon. James V. Hansen,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3334, a bill to
designate the Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitors
Center at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact for this
estimate is Deborah Reis.
Barry B. Anderson
(For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
H.R. 3334--A bill to designate the Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and
Visitors Center at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge,
H.R. 3334 would designate the headquarters and visitor
center at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in
California as the Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitors
Center. Implementing this change would have no significant
effect on the budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
which administers the refuge. The bill would not affect direct
spending or receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would
H.R. 3334 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal
The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis.
The estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4
This bill contains no unfunded mandates.
PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW
This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW
If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing