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109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    109-284

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TO REDESIGNATE THE ELLIS ISLAND LIBRARY ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE ELLIS 
ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM, LOCATED ON ELLIS ISLAND IN NEW YORK HARBOR, 
                  AS THE ``BOB HOPE MEMORIAL LIBRARY''

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 November 10, 2005.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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  Mr. Pombo, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 323]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill 
(H.R. 323) to redesignate the Ellis Island Library on the third 
floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located on Ellis 
Island in New York Harbor, as the ``Bob Hope Memorial 
Library'', 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. 323 is to designate the Ellis Island 
Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration 
Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as the 
``Bob Hope Memorial Library.''

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Bob Hope arrived as an immigrant to Ellis Island in 1908 at 
the age of four. Later, he became one of the country's greatest 
entertainers. H.R. 323 renames the library on the third floor 
of the immigration station museum for Mr. Hope. The Hope family 
is supportive of the effort to rename the library.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 323 was introduced on January 25, 2005, by Congressman 
Eliot L. Engel (D-NY). The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on 
National Parks. On May 12, 2005, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on the bill. On October 19, 2005, the full Committee on 
Resources met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee was 
discharged from further consideration of the bill by unanimous 
consent. No amendments were offered, and the bill was 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, and Article IV, section 3 of the 
Constitution of the United States grant 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 tax 
expenditures. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 
enactment of this bill would increase offsetting receipts and 
direct spending, but ``any net change in direct spending would 
be negligible.''
    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 
apply.
    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:

H.R. 323--A bill to redesignate the Ellis Island Library on the third 
        floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located on Ellis 
        Island in New York Harbor, as the ``Bob Hope Memorial Library''

    H.R. 323 would redesignate the Ellis Island Library in New 
York as the Bob Hope Memorial Library. CBO estimates that 
implementing this bill would have no significant effect on the 
federal budget. Changing the name of the library, which is 
managed by the National Park Service (NPS) as part of the Ellis 
Island Immigration Museum, would have no effect on this 
facility's operations. We expect that one-time costs to revise 
NPS brochures, maps, and signs would be minimal because most 
such revisions would take place in conjunction with scheduled 
reprinting and other routine maintenance. CBO estimates that 
enacting H.R. 323 would not affect revenues or direct spending.
    H.R. 323 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in 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.

                    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.