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108th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     108-469

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                   GREATER WASHINGTON SOAP BOX DERBY

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   April 22, 2004.--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. Con. Res. 376]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 376) 
authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater 
Washington Soap Box Derby, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the 
concurrent resolution be agreed to.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    The purpose of H. Con. Res. 376 is to authorize the use of 
the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    H. Con. Res. 376 was introduced by Mr. Hoyer on March 2, 
2004. The resolution authorizes use of the Capitol Grounds for 
the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby qualifying races to be 
held on June 19, 2004. The race is to take place on 
Constitution Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Third Street, 
NW. Participants competing in the event range from ages 9 to 16 
and come from the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. 
Winners of the event will represent the Washington, DC 
Metropolitan Area in the National Soap Box Derby competition 
held in Akron, Ohio. The Soap Box Derby race has taken place 
for over 55 years and is one of the largest races in the 
country. The Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association will 
work closely with the Capitol Police and the Architect of the 
Capitol to see that the event is in full compliance with the 
rules and regulations governing the use of the Capitol Grounds.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    No hearings were held in conjunction with ordering reported 
H. Con. Res. 376.
    On March 24, 2004, the Full Committee met in open session 
and considered H. Con. Res. 376, a resolution authorizing the 
use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box 
Derby. A unanimous consent request by Chairman Young to approve 
and favorably report to the House H. Con. Res. 376 was agreed 
to by the Full Committee with a quorum present. There were no 
recorded votes taken during Committee consideration of H. Con. 
Res. 376.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Authorization

    This section authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds for 
the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby on June 19, 2004 or such 
other date as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and 
the Senate Rules and Administration Committee may jointly 
designate.

Section 2. Conditions

    This section requires the event to be free of charge and 
not interfere with the needs of Congress as prescribed by the 
Capitol Police Board and the Architect of the Capitol. 
Moreover, the Association assumes full responsibility for all 
expenses and liabilities of the event.

Section 3. Structures and equipment

    This section allows the Association to erect such stage, 
sound amplification devices, and other related structures as 
may be required for the event, subject to the approval of the 
Architect of the Capitol.

Section 4. Additional arrangements

    This section authorizes the Architect of the Capitol and 
the Capitol Police Board to make additional arrangements as 
necessary.

Section 5. Enforcement of restrictions

    This section requires the Capitol Police Board to enforce 
all applicable restrictions on the use of the Capitol Grounds, 
including those relating to sales, advertisements, displays, 
and solicitations.

                             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 recorded votes taken in connection with ordering H. 
Con. Res. 376 favorably reported.

                      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 resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no statement of general performance and 
objectives for any measure that authorizes funding 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. Con. 
Res. 376 from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, March 25, 2004.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of 
        Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H. Con. Res. 376, a 
concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol 
grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
    If you wish further details on these estimates, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                         Elizabeth Robinson
                               (For Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director).
    Enclosure.

H. Con. Res. 376--Authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the 
        Greater Washington Soap Box Derby

    H. Con. Res. 376 would authorize the Greater Washington 
Soap Box Derby Association to use the Capitol grounds on June 
19, 2004, or on such other date as the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives and the Senate Committee on Rules and 
Administration may jointly designate. Because it would require 
that the association assume responsibility for all expenses and 
liabilities associated with the event, CBO estimates that 
passage of H. Con. Res. 376 would result in no significant cost 
to the Federal Government.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew 
Pickford. The estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, 
Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

                   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. Con. Res. 376 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 were 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. Con. Res. 376 makes no changes to existing law.