(PDF provides a complete and accurate display of this text.)
107th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session 107-712
AMENDING THE ACT ENTITLED ``AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
THE ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES'', TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADDITION OF CERTAIN DONATED
LANDS TO THE ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
October 1, 2002.--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. 4692]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 4692) to amend the Act entitled ``An Act to authorize the
Establishment of the Andersonville National Historic Site in
the State of Georgia, and for other purposes'', to provide for
the addition of certain donated lands to the Andersonville
National Historic Site, having considered the same, report
favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill
Purpose of the Bill
The purpose of H.R. 4692 is to amend the Act entitled ``An
Act to Authorize the Establishment of Andersonville National
Historic Site in the State of Georgia, and for other
purposes'', and to provide for the addition of certain donated
lands to the Andersonville National Historic Site.
Background and Need for Legislation
Known as Camp Sumter during the American Civil War,
Andersonville was the site of the largest of several
Confederate military prisons. It was built early in 1864 and
during the 14 months of its existence held more than 45,000
Union soldiers. Of these prisoners, nearly 13,000 died from
starvation, malnutrition, and exposure to the elements. The
prison was closed in May of 1865.
The enabling legislation designated the Andersonville
National Historic Site as a memorial to all American prisoners
of war throughout the nation's history stating that the site
``to provide an understanding of the overall prisoner of war
story of the Civil War, to interpret the role of prisoner of
war camps in history, to commemorate the sacrifice of Americans
who lost their lives in such camps, and to preserve the
monuments located within the site.'' In 1998, the National
Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated at Andersonville.
Prior to the opening of the Museum, three families living
near the site on Country Road 49 used an intersecting road
known as 191 to access their homes. The road was unpaved and
very dangerous due to blind curves. Following the authorization
of the Museum, these residents, for safety reasons, were
allowed by the park to use the new park entrance road as a
courtesy. As a result of this use, NPS decided to leave this
road open at night. Since that time, it has been determined
that leaving the entrance open during the night creates a
security risk for the park. The legislation amends the enabling
legislation to increase the acreage ceiling allowing the park
to accept the land needed to reroute the road. The land has
been purchased and will be donated upon authorization by the
non-profit group, the Friends of Andersonville.
H.R. 4692 was introduced on May 9, 2002 by Congressman
Sanford Bishop (D-GA). The bill was referred to the Committee
on Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on
National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands. On September 5,
2002, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. On September
12, 2002, the Full Resources Committee met to consider the bill
and the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public
Lands was discharged from further consideration. No amendments
were offered and the bill was then 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, September 30, 2002.
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. 4692, a bill to
amend the act entitled ``An act to authorize the establishment
of the Andersonville National Historic Site in the state of
Georgia, and for other purposes,'' to provide for the addition
of certain donated lands to the Andersonville National Historic
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
Barry B. Anderson
(For Dan L. Crippen, Director).
H.R. 4692--A bill to amend the act entitled ``An act to authorize the
establishment of the Andersonville National Historic Site in
the state of Georgia, and for other purposes,'' to provide for
the addition of certain donated lands to the Andersonville
National Historic Site
H.R. 4692 would expand the boundary of the Andersonville
National Historic Site in Georgia from 500 acres to 520 acres.
The bill would enable the National Park Service (NPS) to accept
the donation of 20 acres from the Friends of Andersonville, a
local nonprofit organization.
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4692 would result in
no significant cost to the federal government because the
donated land, which is contiguous to the existing park
entrance, would not be developed. Enacting the bill would not
affect direct spending or revenues.
H.R. 4692 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded mandates Reform Act and
would have no significant impact on the budgets of state,
local, or tribal governments.
The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis.
This 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 Made by the Bill, as Reported
In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is
proposed is shown in roman):
SECTION 1 OF THE ACT OF OCTOBER 16, 1970
AN ACT To authorize the establishment of the Andersonville National
Historic Site in the State of Georgia, and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, in
order to provide an understanding of the overall prisoner-of-
war story of the Civil War, to interpret the role of prisoner-
of-war camps in history, to commemorate the sacrifice of
Americans who lost their lives in such camps, and to preserve
the monuments located therein, the Secretary is hereby
authorized to designate not more than [five hundred acres] 520
acres in Macon and Sumter Counties, Georgia, for establishment
as the Andersonville National Historic Site.