H. Rept. 107-743 - KATE MULLANY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ACT107th Congress (2001-2002)
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107th Congress Report HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2d Session 107-743 ====================================================================== KATE MULLANY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ACT _______ October 11, 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. 464] [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office] The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 464) to establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of New York, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass. PURPOSE OF THE BILL The purpose of H.R. 464 is to establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of New York, and for other purposes. BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION The Kate Mullany House, recently designated a National Historic Landmark, is found in Troy, New York. Kate Mullany organized and led the first all female labor union. Troy was the site of the nation's first commercial laundry and produced the majority of white starched shirts, collars and cuffs in America. When employers installed new machinery that stepped up production, but made the working conditions worse, Kate Mullany decided to fight for better wages and improved working conditions. Work days were 12-14 hours per day earning 3-4 dollars per week. She led 300 workers in a week long labor strike in February of 1864 that resulted in the owners conceding to all of their demands. Unlike many other unions of the day, the ``Collar Laundry Union'' stayed organized long after their initial battle, helping other unions along the way. In 1868 Kate Mullany gained national recognition when William Sylvis appointed her to the National Labor Union office, making her the first woman to be appointed to that office. COMMITTEE ACTION H.R. 464 was introduced on February 6, 2001 by Congressman Michael McNulty (D-NY). 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 12, 2002, the Full Committee met to consider the bill and the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands was discharged from further consideration of the bill. 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. As required by clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or objective of this bill is to establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of New York, and for other purposes. 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 Office: U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC, October 8, 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. 464, the Kate Mullany National Historic Site Act. 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.R. 464--Kate Mullany National Historic Site Act H.R. 464 would establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in New York as a unit of the National Park System. The bill would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire by donation, purchase, or exchange the Kate Mullany house and any additional real and personal property needed for park purposes. The NPS would be authorized to execute cooperative agreements with public and private entities interested in the preservation, interpretation, and use of the site. The agency would have two years to complete a general management plan for the new historic site, which would include recommendations for related regional exhibits. The costs of implementing H.R. 464 are uncertain because the bill does not designate an official boundary for the new historic site. Based on information provided by the NPS and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that the cost of acquiring and developing real and personal property for the site would be about $5 million. We expect that most of this amount would be used to renovate the Kate Mullany house (which is currently used as an apartment building) and develop it for visitor use. We estimate that once the site has been restored (which could take several years) the cost of operating it would be between $500,000 and $750,000 a year (also assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts). Enacting H.R. 464 would not affect revenues or direct spending. H.R. 464 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no significant costs 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 tribal law. CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing law.