S. Rept. 108-100 - 108th Congress (2003-2004)
July 11, 2003, As Reported by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee

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Senate Report 108-100 - ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT




[Senate Report 108-100]
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                                                       Calendar No. 208
108th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session                                                    108-100

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                  ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT

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                 July 11, 2003.--Ordered to be printed

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   Mr. Domenici, from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1577]

    The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to which was 
referred the Act (H.R. 1577) to designate the visitor center in 
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris 
Eggle Visitor Center'', and for other purposes, having 
considered the same, reports favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommends that the Act do pass.

                         PURPOSE OF THE MEASURE

    The purpose of H.R. 1577 is to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to designate the visitor center at Organ Pipe 
Cactus National Monument, Arizona, as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor 
Center,'' in honor of a park ranger killed in the line of duty 
in August 2002.

                          BACKGROUND AND NEED

    Kris Eggle, a 28-year-old park ranger at Organ Pipe Cactus 
National Monument in the State of Arizona, was killed in the 
line of duty along the international border between the United 
States and Mexico.
    This bill dedicates the visitor center at Organ Pipe Cactus 
National Monument to Kris Eggle and promotes awareness of the 
risks taken each day by public land management law enforcement 
officers.

                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    H.R. 1577 was introduced by Representative Tancredo and 
others on April 2, 2003 and was passed by the House of 
Representatives on May 14, 2003. Companion legislation, S. 
1060, was introduced by Senator McCain on May 14, 2003. 
Senators Stabenow and Levin are cosponsors. The Subcommittee on 
National Parks held a hearing on H.R. 1577 and S. 1060 on June 
10, 2003.
    At the business meeting on June 25, 2003, the Committee on 
Energy and Natural Resources ordered H.R. 1577 favorably 
reported.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in open 
business session on June 25, 2003, by unanimous vote of a 
quorum present, recommends that the Senate pass H.R. 1577

                      SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS

    Section 1 designates the visitor center at Organ Pipe 
Cactus National Monument as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center'' 
and directs the Secretary of the Interior to appropriately 
memorialize Kris Eggle and promote awareness of the risks taken 
each day by public land management law enforcement officers.
    Section 2 authorizes the appropriations necessary to carry 
out this Act.

                   COST AND BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS

    The following estimate of costs of this measure has been 
provided by the Congressional Budget Office.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, June 26, 2003.
Hon. Pete V. Domenici,
Chairman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,
U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 1577, a bill to 
designate the visitor center in Organ Pipe Cactus National 
Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
            Sincerely,
                                       Douglas Holtz-Eakin,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 1577--A bill to designate the visitor center in Organ Pipe Cactus 
        National Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor 
        Center''

    H.R. 1577 would dedicate the visitor center at Organ Pipe 
Cactus National Monument to Kris Eggle, a park ranger at the 
monument who was killed in the line of duty. The act would 
designate the visitor center as the Kris Eggle Visitor Center 
and direct the Secretary of the Interior to post interpretive 
signs at the monument to explain the designation. For these 
purposes, the act would authorize the appropriation of whatever 
amounts are necessary.
    Based on information provided by the National Park Service, 
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1577 would cost less than 
$50,000. Moreover, some of the cost of installing interpretive 
signs may have been incurred even in the absence of 
legislation.
    H.R. 1577 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined by the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect 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.

                      REGULATORY IMPACT EVALUATION

    In compliance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee makes the following 
evaluation of the regulatory impact which would be incurred in 
carrying out H.R. 1577. The bill is not a regulatory measure in 
the sense of imposing Government-established standards or 
significant economic responsibilities on private individuals 
and businesses.
    No personal information would be collected in administering 
the program. Therefore, there would be no impact on personal 
privacy.
    Little, if any, additional paperwork would result from the 
enactment of H.R. 1577, as ordered reported.

                        EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

    On May 29, 2003, the Committee on Energy and Natural 
Resources requested legislative reports from the Department of 
the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget setting 
forth Executive agency recommendations on H.R. 1577. These 
reports had not been received at the time the report on H.R. 
1577 was filed. When the reports become available, the Chairman 
will request that they be printed in the Congressional Record 
for the advice of the Senate. The testimony provided by the 
National Park Service at the Subcommittee hearing follows:

    Statement of D. Thomas Ross, Assistant Director, Recreation and 
  Conservation, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

    Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to present the 
Department of the Interior's views on S. 1060 and H.R. 1577, to 
designate the visitor center at Organ Pipe Cactus National 
Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center''.
    The Department supports the legislation and appreciates the 
recognition by members of Congress for the work of all National 
Park Service (NPS) employees, especially those involved in law 
enforcement.
    Both bills call for the visitor center at Organ Pipe Cactus 
National Monument to be named for Kris Eggle. Kris was an 
outstanding young man, a dedicated NPS law enforcement officer, 
who died in the line of duty nearly a year ago while assisting 
in the arrest and capture of drug smugglers crossing into the 
United States from Mexico.
    The legislation also calls for installing an interpretive 
sign at the visitor center and one at the Baker Mine-Milton 
Mine Loop trailhead. The signs will help inform and educate the 
public to the critical role law enforcement officers have in 
protecting visitors and resources on public lands. The signs 
will also dedicate the trail and center to Kris. The NPS has 
determined that the costs to add the appropriate signage to the 
visitor center and install the two exhibits will be 
approximately $15,000. Further costs to change maps, documents 
and other references to the visitor center will be incorporated 
when reprints are needed. None of these costs are presently 
part of the park's budget.
    Much has been said and talked about Kris' death. The death 
of anyone so young is tragic, and to lose someone under these 
circumstances is even more so--for his family, friends, co-
workers and all who care for and about National Parks. By 
helping the public understand the work and dedication of NPS 
law enforcement rangers and all NPS employees--through well-
planned and designed educational exhibits and signs, perhaps we 
can prevent or minimize some of the dangers we all face in 
protecting these great American places and stories.
    S. 1060 and H.R. 1577 are nearly identical. There are some 
differences in style and format. S. 1060 does contain a 
grammatical error that was corrected in the House bill. All 
references to ``visitors' center'' should read ``visitor 
center''. We look forward to working with this committee and 
the House to reach consensus on the language that will allow us 
to remember this fine young man.
    That concludes my testimony. I would be glad to answer any 
questions that you or the members of the subcommittee may have.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee notes that no 
changes in existing law are made by the Act H.R. 1577, as 
ordered reported.