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108th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    108-317

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       DESIGNATION OF ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT FEDERAL BUILDINGS

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  October 15, 2003.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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     Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Transportation and 
                Infrastructure, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3118]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 3118) to designate the Orville 
Wright Federal Building and the Wilbur Wright Federal Building 
in Washington, District of Columbia, having considered the 
same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend 
that the bill do pass.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    The purpose of this legislation is to designate the 
building located at 800 Independence Avenue, Southwest as the 
``Orville Wright Federal Building'' and the building located at 
600 Independence Avenue, Southwest as the ``Wilbur Wright 
Federal Building.''

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    Orville and Wilbur Wright were born the third and fourth 
sons, respectively, of Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Catharine 
Wright. Wilbur was born in 1867 in Millville, Indiana, while 
Orville was born in 1871 in Dayton, Ohio, where the two men 
were raised. The Wright brothers each were skilled mechanics. 
Though best known for their innovation with aircraft, the two 
brothers began their lives building and selling bicycles.
    From 1900 to 1903, the two brothers repeatedly attempted to 
construct a heavier-than-air craft. In 1901, the Wright 
Brothers built their first Wright Flyer. Nothing more than a 
glider and flown more like a big kite, this initial step was 
critical in determining the aerodynamics of flight. In 1903, 
after repeated attempts, Orville and Wilbur Wright were the 
first men to pilot a powered, controlled, and sustained fixed 
wing aircraft.
    In February 1908, the Wright Brothers signed a contract 
with the United States Army to sell their invention. Four years 
later, 1912, Wilbur Wright died of typhoid fever. By 1915, 
Orville had sold his remaining patents, retired from aviation, 
passing away in January of 1948.
    The two buildings are currently undesignated and in use by 
the Federal Aviation Administration.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Orville Wright Federal Building

    This section designates the Federal building located at 800 
Independence Avenue, Southwest, in Washington, D.C. as the 
``Orville Wright Federal Building.'' This section also 
clarifies that any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
document, paper, or other record of the United States to the 
Federal building located at 800 Independence Avenue, Southwest, 
in Washington, D.C., be deemed a reference to the ``Orville 
Wright Federal Building.''

Section 2. Wilbur Wright Federal Building

    This section designates the Federal building located at 600 
Independence Avenue, Southwest, in Washington, D.C. as the 
``Wilbur Wright Federal Building.'' This section also clarifies 
that any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, 
or other record of the United States to the Federal building 
located at 600 Independence Avenue, Southwest, in Washington, 
D.C., be deemed a reference to the ``Wilbur Wright Federal 
Building.''

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    Mr. Hayes of North Carolina introduced H.R. 3118 on 
September 17, 2003. On September 24, 2003, the Subcommittee met 
in open session and considered H.R. 3118. On a motion by Ms. 
Norton, H.R. 3118 was ordered favorably reported to the Full 
Committee, by voice vote, with a quorum present.
    On October 1, 2003, the Full Committee considered H.R. 
3118. A motion by Mr. LaTourette, to order H.R. 3118 favorably 
reported to the House was agreed to by the Full Committee 
unanimously, by voice vote, with a quorum present. There were 
no recorded votes taken during Committee consideration of H.R. 
3118.

                             ROLLCALL 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 rollcall 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 rollcall votes taken during consideration of H.R. 3118.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Clause 3(c)(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 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
references the report of the Congressional Budget Office 
included 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 advises that the bill contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no statement of general performance 
goals and objectives is required.
    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. 
3118 from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                   Washington, DC, October 3, 2003.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed the following legislation, as ordered reported by the 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on October 
1, 2003:
           H.R. 1702, a bill to designate the federal 
        building which is to be constructed at 799 First Avenue 
        in New York, New York, as the ``Ronald H. Brown United 
        States Mission to the United Nations Building''; and
           H.R. 3118, a bill to designate the Orville 
        Wright Federal Building and the Wilbur Wright Federal 
        Building in Washington, District of Columbia.
    CBO estimates that their enactment would have no 
significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect 
direct spending or revenues. These 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.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                      Elizabeth M. Robinson
                               (For Douglas Holtz-Eakin, 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.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act. (Public Law 104-4).

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local or 
tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 3118 does not 
preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act. (Public Law 
104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 3118 makes no changes in existing law.