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House Report 109-738 - (109-102) SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES

[House Report 109-738]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]




                                                 Union Calendar No. 440

109th Congress, 2nd Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Report 109-738

                               (109-102)

                                SUMMARY

                                   OF

                  LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES

                               __________

                       ONE HUNDRED NINTH CONGRESS

                             first session
                        Convened January 4, 2005
                      Adjourned December 22, 2005

                             second session
                       Convened January 31, 2006
                       Adjourned December 8, 2006

                               __________

             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES




 December 29, 2006.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


             COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                      DON YOUNG, Alaska, Chairman
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin, Vice-    JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
    Chair                            NICK J. RAHALL, II, West Virginia
SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York       PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland             Columbia
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                JERROLD NADLER, New York
PETER HOEKSTRA, Michigan             CORRINE BROWN, Florida
VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan           BOB FILNER, California
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama              EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio           GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
SUE W. KELLY, New York               JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD, 
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana              California
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
GARY G. MILLER, California           ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey
ROB SIMMONS, Connecticut             LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina  TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         BRIAN BAIRD, Washington
TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania    SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 JIM MATHESON, Utah
MARK R. KENNEDY, Minnesota           MICHAEL M. HONDA, California
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania           RICK LARSEN, Washington
JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas               MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
JIM GERLACH, Pennsylvania            ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York
MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida           JULIA CARSON, Indiana
JON C. PORTER, Nevada                TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska                MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
KENNY MARCHANT, Texas                LINCOLN DAVIS, Tennessee
MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana           BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania        BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
TED POE, Texas                       RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri
DAVID G. REICHERT, Washington        ALLYSON Y. SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania
CONNIE MACK, Florida                 JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
JOHN R. `RANDY' KUHL, Jr., New York  JOHN BARROW, Georgia
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico
LYNN A. WESTMORELAND, Georgia
CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., Louisiana
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
SHELLEY SEKULA GIBBS, Texas
                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

                    JOHN L. MICA, Florida, Chairman
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin           JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan           ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama                  Columbia
SUE W. KELLY, New York               CORRINE BROWN, Florida
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana          EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD, 
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                      California
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina  BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada
MARK R. KENNEDY, Minnesota           JIM MATHESON, Utah
JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas               MICHAEL M. HONDA, California
JIM GERLACH, Pennsylvania            RICK LARSEN, Washington
MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida           MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
JON C. PORTER, Nevada                ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York
KENNY MARCHANT, Texas                BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania        RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri
TED POE, Texas                       JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
JOHN R. `RANDY' KUHL, Jr., New       NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
    York, Vice-Chair                 BOB FILNER, California
LYNN A. WESTMORELAND, Georgia        JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
VACANCY                                (Ex Officio)
DON YOUNG, Alaska
  (Ex Officio)

        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

                FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey, Chairman
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         BOB FILNER, California, Ranking 
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland             Democrat
PETER HOEKSTRA, Michigan             CORRINE BROWN, Florida
ROB SIMMONS, Connecticut             GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida           JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD, 
DAVID G. REICHERT, Washington,           California
  Vice-Chair                         MICHAEL M. HONDA, California
CONNIE MACK, Florida                 ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico         BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., Louisiana  BRIAN BAIRD, Washington
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
  (Ex Officio)                         (Ex Officio)

 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT

                  BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, Chairman
JIM GERLACH, Pennsylvania            ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
KENNY MARCHANT, Texas, Vice-Chair        Columbia
CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania        MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
JOHN R. `RANDY' KUHL, Jr., New York  LINCOLN DAVIS, Tennessee
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    JULIA CARSON, Indiana
  (Ex Officio)                       JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
                                       (Ex Officio)

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT AND PIPELINES

                  THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin, Chairman
SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York       PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina         NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       JERROLD NADLER, New York
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
PETER HOEKSTRA, Michigan             JUANITA MILLENDER-McDONALD, 
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama                  California
STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio           ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
SUE W. KELLY, New York               EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana          ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey        BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
GARY G. MILLER, California           BRIAN BAIRD, Washington
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada
ROB SIMMONS, Connecticut             JIM MATHESON, Utah
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina  MICHAEL M. HONDA, California
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         RICK LARSEN, Washington
TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania    MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 ANTHONY D. WEINER, New York
MARK R. KENNEDY, Minnesota           JULIA CARSON, Indiana
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania           TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas               MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine
MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida           LINCOLN DAVIS, Tennessee
JON C. PORTER, Nevada                BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska                BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
KENNY MARCHANT, Texas                RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri
MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana           ALLYSON Y. SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania
DAVID G. REICHERT, Washington        JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio                     (Ex Officio)
VACANCY
DON YOUNG, Alaska
  (Ex Officio)

                       SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS

                  STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio, Chairman
THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin           CORRINE BROWN, Florida
SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York       NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia
JOHN L. MICA, Florida                JERROLD NADLER, New York
SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama              BOB FILNER, California
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
GARY G. MILLER, California           EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
ROB SIMMONS, Connecticut             LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania    JULIA CARSON, Indiana
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
JON PORTER, Nevada                   JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska                EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana           JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
LYNN A. WESTMORELND, Georgia,        JOHN BARROW, Georgia
  Vice-Chair                           (ex officio)
DON YOUNG, Alaska
  (ex officio)

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

                JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee, Chairman
SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT, New York       EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland         JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan           JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois
STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio           GENE TAYLOR, Mississippi
SUE W. KELLY, New York               BRIAN BAIRD, Washington
RICHARD H. BAKER, Louisiana          TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York
GARY G. MILLER, California           BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina  ALLYSON Y. SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania
BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania           EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
JOHN BOOZMAN, Arkansas               ELLEN O. TAUSCHER, California
JIM GERLACH, Pennsylvania            BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey
TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska                RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri
TED POE, Texas                       NICK J. RAHALL, II, West Virginia
CONNIE MACK, Florida                 ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico             Columbia
CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr.,            JOHN BARROW, Georgia
    Louisiana, Vice-Chair            JAMES L. OBERSTAR, Minnesota
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio                     (Ex Officio)
VACANCY
DON YOUNG, Alaska
  (Ex Officio)
                            Committee Staff
                     Majority Full Committee Staff

                     Lloyd A. Jones, Chief of Staff
                   Elizabeth Megginson, Chief Counsel
      Charles C. Ziegler, Deputy Chief Counsel and Parliamentarian
                      Debbie Callis, Administrator
            Justin Sprinzen, Special Counsel to the Chairman
        Amanda Newman, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
                    Fraser Verrusio, Policy Director
                Wynn Bott, Chief Financial Administrator
       Jimmy Miller, Director of Committee Facilities and Travel
                William Fox, Legislative Staff Assistant
                    Michael Kirlin, Staff Assistant
                    Reagan Highfill, Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

                     Minority Full Committee Staff

                David Heymsfeld, Minority Staff Director
                Ward McCarragher, Minority Chief Counsel
              Kathleen Zern, Minority Deputy Chief Counsel
              Jennifer Walsh, Minority Executive Assistant
                 Dara Schlieker, Minority Administrator
                                 ------                                

                                 Budget

   Sharon Barkeloo, Professional Staff Member for Budget and Aviation
                                 ------                                

                          Information Systems

                Keven Sard, Manager Information Systems
             Sonia Salinas, Assistant Systems Administrator
                                 ------                                

                              Press Office

                 Steve Hansen, Communications Director
           Justin Harclerode, Deputy Communications Director
            Jim Berard, Minority Director of Communications
                                 ------                                

                            Editorial Office

                         Gilda Shirley, Editor
              Tracy G. Mosebey, Legislative Calendar Clerk
                                 ------                                

                             Majority Staff
                         Investigations Office

                       Bob Faber, Senior Counsel
                 Richard Stanton, Investigative Counsel
              Chris Burroughs, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

            Trinita Brown, Minority Counsel, Investigations
                                 ------                                

                        Subcommittee on Aviation
                             Majority Staff

             James Coon, Staff Director and Senior Counsel
                    Holly E. Woodruff Lyons, Counsel
                        Chris C. Brown, Counsel
   Sharon Barkeloo, Professional Staff Member on Budget and Aviation
                Jason Rosa, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

    Stacie Soumbeniotis, Minority Staff Director and Senior Counsel
                   Giles Giovinazzi, Minority Counsel
                     John Drake, Professional Staff
              Pam Keller, Minority Senior Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

        Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
                             Majority Staff

               John Rayfield, Staff Director and Counsel
                 Eric Nagel, Professional Staff Member
                  Bill Cody, Professional Staff Member
           Marsha Canter, Senior Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

                John Cullather, Minority Staff Director
              Rose Hamlin, Minority Senior Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

 Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency 
                               Management
                             Majority Staff

                      Dan Mathews, Staff Director
                         Hugh Carroll, Counsel
                         Jennifer Hall, Counsel
              Alexis Barrios, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

                  Susan Brita, Minority Staff Director
      Trinita Brown, Minority Counsel, Emergency Management Issues
              Rose Hamlin, Minority Senior Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

                  Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
                             Majority Staff

                      Graham Hill, Staff Director
                       Suzanne Newhouse, Counsel
                 Joyce Rose, Professional Staff Member
                 James Tymon, Professional Staff Member
               Bailey Edwards, Professional Staff Member
               Tim Lundquist, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

         Kenneth House, Minority Staff Director, Transit Issues
            Stephanie Manning, Minority Senior Policy Staff
             Arthur Chan, Minority Highway Policy Director
  Jennifer Esposito, Minority Hazardous Materials and Pipelines Issues
                Jackie Schmitz, Minority Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

                       Subcommittee on Railroads
                             Majority Staff

            Glenn Scammel, Staff Director and Senior Counsel
                         John Brennan, Counsel
              Phillip Maxwell, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

               Jennifer Esposito, Minority Staff Director
             John Drake, Minority Professional Staff Member
              Pam Keller, Minority Senior Staff Assistant
                                 ------                                

            Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
                             Majority Staff

                     John Anderson, Staff Director
                        Jonathan Pawlow, Counsel
                Geoff Bowman, Professional Staff Member
                Tom Corcoran, Professional Staff Member
                Russ Kline, Legislative Staff Assistant

                             Minority Staff

      Kenneth Kopocis, Minority Staff Director and Senior Counsel
                     Ryan Seiger, Minority Counsel
             Beth Goldstein, Minority Legislative Assistant
                Michael Brain, Minority Staff Assistant


                            C O N T E N T S

                                                                   Page
Letter of Submittal..............................................  XIII
Jurisdiction of the House Committee on Transportation and 
  Infrastructure.................................................     1
Foreword.........................................................     3
Bills enacted into law...........................................     5
Committee Bills and Resolutions That Passed the House But Not 
  Acted on by the Senate.........................................     9
Committee Bills Reported to the House But Not Acted Upon.........    10
Concurrent Resolutions Approved by Both Chambers.................    11
Senate Bills and Resolutions Referred to the Committee But Not 
  Acted Upon.....................................................    12
Bills Enacted Into Law (Summaries of Public Laws)................    15
Committee Views and Estimates Reports............................    44
Summary of Activities:

    Subcommittee on Aviation.....................................    45
    Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation......    53
    Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and 
      Emergency Management.......................................    79
    Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines.............   125
    Subcommittee on Railroads....................................   137
    Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment..............   143
Oversight........................................................   161
Subcommittee Oversight Summaries.................................   167
Publications.....................................................   191
                          LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

                              ----------                              

                                         December 29, 2006.
Hon. Karen Haas,
Clerk, House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Ms. Haas: In compliance with Rule XI, Clause 1(d) of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, there is transmitted 
herewith the Summary of Activities of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure for the 109th Congress.
    The purpose of this report is to provide the Members of the 
House of Representatives, and the general public, with an 
overview of the legislative and oversight activities conducted 
by the Committee pursuant to Rule X, Clause 1(r) of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives.
    This document is intended as a general reference tool, and 
not as a substitute for the hearing records, reports, and other 
Committee files.
            Sincerely Yours,
                                         Don Young,
                      Chairman, Committee on Transportation
                                                and Infrastructure.
    Enclosure.


                                                 Union Calendar No. 440
109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     109-738

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     SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES--COMMITTEE ON 
                   TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                                _______
                                

 December 29, 2006.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                              R E P O R T

 PROVISIONS OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPLICABLE TO 
     COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES; JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON 
                   TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

                                ``Rule X


        ``ESTABLISHMENT AND JURISDICTION OF STANDING COMMITTEES

                ``The Committees and Their Jurisdiction

    ``1. There shall be in the House the following standing 
committees, each of which shall have the jurisdiction and 
related functions assigned to it by this clause and clauses 2, 
3, and 4; and all bills, resolutions, and other matters 
relating to subjects within the jurisdiction of any standing 
committee as listed in this clause shall (in accordance with 
and subject to clause 5) be referred to such committees, as 
follows:

    ``(q) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    ``(1) Coast Guard, including lifesaving service, 
lighthouses, lightships, ocean derelicts, and the Coast Guard 
Academy.
    ``(2) Federal management of emergencies and natural 
disasters.
    ``(3) Flood control and improvement of rivers and harbors.
    ``(4) Inland waterways.
    ``(5) Inspection of merchant marine vessels, lights and 
signals, lifesaving equipment, and fire protection on such 
vessels.
    ``(6) Navigation and the laws relating thereto, including 
pilotage.
    ``(7) Registering and licensing of vessels and small boats.
    ``(8) Rules and international arrangements to prevent 
collisions at sea.
    ``(9) Measures relating to the Capitol Building and the 
Senate and House office buildings.
    ``(10) Measures relating to the construction or maintenance 
of roads and post roads, other than appropriations therefore; 
but it shall not be in order for any bill providing general 
legislation in relation to roads to contain any provision for 
any specific road, nor for any bill in relation to a specific 
road to embrace a provision in relation to any other specific 
road.
    ``(11) Measures relating to the construction or 
reconstruction, maintenance, and care of the buildings and 
grounds of the Botanic Gardens, the Library of Congress, and 
the Smithsonian Institution.
    ``(12) Measures relating to merchant marine, except for 
national security aspects of merchant marine.
    ``(13) Measures relating to the purchase of sites and 
construction of post offices, customhouses, Federal 
courthouses, and Government buildings within the District of 
Columbia.
    ``(14) Oil and other pollution of navigable waters, 
including inland, coastal, and ocean waters.
    ``(15) Marine affairs (including coastal zone management) 
as they relate to oil and other pollution of navigable waters.
    ``(16) Public buildings and occupied or improved grounds of 
the United States generally.
    ``(17) Public works for the benefit of navigation, 
including bridges and dams (other than international bridges 
and dams).
    ``(19) Roads and the safety thereof.
    ``(20) Transportation, including civil aviation, railroads, 
water transportation, transportation safety (except automobile 
safety), transportation infrastructure, transportation labor, 
and railroad retirement and unemployment (except revenue 
measures related thereto).
    ``(21) Water power.

                                FOREWORD

    The 109th Congress produced landmark legislation to 
authorize funding for highways, highway safety, public 
transportation, motor carrier safety, research and hazardous 
materials transportation, highway improvements and mass 
transit, creating jobs and insuring the nation can meet the 
challenge of moving goods and people on our transportation 
infrastructure. The Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure led the effort to enact SAFETEA: LU--The Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A 
Legacy for Users. The funds provided by this legislation 
sparked a wave of construction that fuels the economy and 
promises a more prosperous future for the users of all modes of 
surface transportation.
    In August of 2005 the country witnessed a massive natural 
disaster, which struck the states of Louisiana, Texas, 
Mississippi and Alabama and challenged the resources of the 
Federal agencies responsible for responding in emergencies. 
Hurricane Katrina, followed quickly by Hurricane Rita, left a 
trail of destruction the scale and costs of which are 
unprecedented in United States history. These disasters created 
heroes among our Federal disaster responders, including the 
United States Coast Guard, which saved thousands of suffering 
people from rooftops and also those individuals in the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who gave up months of their 
lives to relocate to the disaster areas to provide response 
services. The efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure 
prompt debris removal allowed the rebuilding and recovery of 
this devastated region to begin. The Department of 
Transportation used its authority to rebuild highways and 
bridges devastated by these terrible storms.
    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
immediately approved legislation to provide more disaster 
assistance to those dislocated by the hurricanes, but also 
approved legislation to restore FEMA's ability to provide the 
level of coordination and response which the American people 
deserve in their time of dire need.
    The Committee's commitment to preserving the missions of 
the United States Coast Guard and to providing authority and 
funding for the Army Corps of Engineers flood control programs 
will be directly responsible for saving lives and protecting 
property in any future disaster, no matter the cause.
    The Committee is proud of its bipartisan efforts to improve 
highway, transit, water, and aviation systems and to protect 
Americans in the aftermath of disasters. The Chairmen of the 
Subcommittees working closely with the Ranking Democratic 
Members, conducted many extremely informative hearings and 
improved the management of federal agencies through successful 
oversight. I want to express my appreciation for the effort of 
the Members and the outstanding committee staff for the 
Committee's productive two years.
    It is with pride and gratitude that the House Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure submits its summary of 
legislative and oversight activities for the 109th Congress--
accomplishments that will have a lasting positive impact on the 
economy of the United States for many years to come.


                                              BILLS ENACTED INTO LAW
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   PUBLIC LAW NUMBER                DATE ENACTED                  BILL NUMBER                   TITLE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PL 109-10..............  Apr. 29, 2005....................  H.R. 787...............  To designate the United
                                                                                      States courthouse located
                                                                                      at 501 I Street in
                                                                                      Sacramento, California, as
                                                                                      the ``Robert T. Matsui
                                                                                      United States
                                                                                      Courthouse''.
PL 109-14..............  May 31, 2005.....................  H.R. 2566..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-16..............  June 29, 2005....................  H.R. 483...............  To designate a United
                                                                                      States courthouse in
                                                                                      Brownsville, Texas, as the
                                                                                      ``Reynaldo G. Garza and
                                                                                      Filemon B. Vela United
                                                                                      States Courthouse''.
PL 109-20..............  June 30, 2005....................  H.R. 3104..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-35..............  July 20, 2005....................  H.R. 3332..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-37..............  July 22, 2005....................  H.R. 3377..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-40..............  July 28, 2005....................  H.R. 3453..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-42..............  July 30, 2005....................  H.R. 3512..............  To provide an extension of
                                                                                      highway, highway safety,
                                                                                      motor carrier safety,
                                                                                      transit, and other
                                                                                      programs funded out of the
                                                                                      Highway Trust Fund pending
                                                                                      enactment of a law
                                                                                      reauthorizing the
                                                                                      Transportation Equity Act
                                                                                      for the 21st Century.
PL 109-58..............  Aug. 8, 2005.....................  H.R. 6.................  To ensure jobs for our
                                                                                      future with secure,
                                                                                      affordable, and reliable
                                                                                      energy.
PL 109-59..............  Aug. 10, 2005....................  H.R. 3.................  To authorize funds for
                                                                                      Federal-aid highways,
                                                                                      highway safety programs,
                                                                                      and transit programs, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
PL 109-74..............  Sept. 30, 2005...................  H.R. 3649..............  To ensure funding for
                                                                                      sportfishing and boating
                                                                                      safety programs funded out
                                                                                      of the Highway Trust Fund
                                                                                      through the end of fiscal
                                                                                      year 2005, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-87..............  Oct. 7, 2005.....................  S. 1786................  A bill to authorize the
                                                                                      Secretary of
                                                                                      Transportation to make
                                                                                      emergency airport
                                                                                      improvement project grants-
                                                                                      in-aid under title 49,
                                                                                      United States Code, for
                                                                                      repairs and costs related
                                                                                      to damage from Hurricanes
                                                                                      Katrina and Rita.
PL 109-88..............  Oct. 7, 2005.....................  S. 1858................  To provide for community
                                                                                      disaster loans.
PL 109-89..............  Oct. 13, 2005....................  S. 1413................  A bill to redesignate the
                                                                                      Crowne Plaza in Kingston,
                                                                                      Jamaica, as the Colin L.
                                                                                      Powell Residential Plaza.
PL 109-90..............  Oct. 18, 2006....................  H.R. 2360..............  Making appropriations for
                                                                                      the Department of Homeland
                                                                                      Security for the fiscal
                                                                                      year ending September 30,
                                                                                      2006, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-98..............  Nov. 11, 2005....................  H.R. 2967..............  To designate the Federal
                                                                                      building located at 333
                                                                                      Mt. Elliott Street in
                                                                                      Detroit, Michigan, as the
                                                                                      ``Rosa Parks Federal
                                                                                      Building''.
PL 109-99..............  Nov. 11, 2005....................  H.R. 3765..............  A bill to extend through
                                                                                      March 31, 2006, the
                                                                                      authority of the Secretary
                                                                                      of the Army to accept and
                                                                                      expend funds contributed
                                                                                      by non-Federal public
                                                                                      entities and to expedite
                                                                                      the processing of permits.
PL 109-101.............  Nov. 11, 2005....................  S. 1285................  A bill to designate the
                                                                                      Federal building located
                                                                                      at 333 Mt. Elliott Street
                                                                                      in Detroit, Michigan, as
                                                                                      the ``Rosa Parks Federal
                                                                                      Building''.
PL 109-137.............  Dec. 22, 2005....................  H.R. 3963..............  To amend the Federal Water
                                                                                      Pollution Control Act to
                                                                                      extend the authorization
                                                                                      of appropriations for Long
                                                                                      Island Sound.
PL 109-139.............  Dec. 22, 2005....................  H.R. 4324..............  To amend the Robert T.
                                                                                      Stafford Disaster Relief
                                                                                      and Emergency Assistance
                                                                                      Act to reauthorize the
                                                                                      predisaster mitigation
                                                                                      program, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-141.............  Dec. 22, 2006....................  H.R. 4508..............  To commend the outstanding
                                                                                      efforts in response to
                                                                                      Hurricane Katrina by
                                                                                      members and employees of
                                                                                      the Coast Guard, to
                                                                                      provide temporary relief
                                                                                      to certain persons
                                                                                      affected by such hurricane
                                                                                      with respect to certain
                                                                                      laws administered by the
                                                                                      Coast Guard, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-171.............  Feb. 8, 2006.....................  S. 1932................  To provide for
                                                                                      reconciliation pursuant to
                                                                                      section 202(a) of the
                                                                                      concurrent resolution on
                                                                                      the budget for fiscal year
                                                                                      2006 (H. Con. Res. 95).
PL 109-176.............  Mar. 6, 2006.....................  S. 1777................  To provide relief for the
                                                                                      victims of Hurricane
                                                                                      Katrina.
PL 109-209.............  Mar. 24, 2006....................  H.R. 4826..............  To extend through December
                                                                                      31, 2006, the authority of
                                                                                      the Secretary of the Army
                                                                                      to accept and expend funds
                                                                                      contributed by non-Federal
                                                                                      public entities to
                                                                                      expedite the processing of
                                                                                      permits.
PL 109-214.............  Apr. 11, 2006....................  S. 2116................  To transfer jurisdiction of
                                                                                      certain real property to
                                                                                      the Supreme Court.
PL 109-218.............  Apr. 20, 2006....................  H.R. 4979..............  To amend the Robert T.
                                                                                      Stafford Disaster Relief
                                                                                      and Emergency Assistance
                                                                                      Act to clarify the
                                                                                      preference for local firms
                                                                                      in the award of certain
                                                                                      contracts for disaster
                                                                                      relief activities.
PL 109-221.............  May. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 3351..............  To make technical
                                                                                      corrections to laws
                                                                                      relating to Native
                                                                                      Americans, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-241.............  Jul. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 889...............  To authorize appropriations
                                                                                      for the Coast Guard for
                                                                                      fiscal year 2006, to make
                                                                                      technical corrections to
                                                                                      various laws administered
                                                                                      by the Coast Guard, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
PL 109-295.............  Oct. 4, 2006.....................  H.R. 5541..............  Making appropriations for
                                                                                      the Department of Homeland
                                                                                      Security for the fiscal
                                                                                      year ending September 30,
                                                                                      2007, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-305.............  Oct. 6, 2006.....................  H.R. 5074..............  To amend the Railroad
                                                                                      Retirement Act of 1974 to
                                                                                      provide for continued
                                                                                      payment of railroad
                                                                                      retirement annuities by
                                                                                      the Department of the
                                                                                      Treasury, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-306.............  Oct. 6, 2006.....................  H.R. 5187..............  To amend the John F.
                                                                                      Kennedy Center Act to
                                                                                      authorize additional
                                                                                      appropriations for the
                                                                                      John F. Kennedy Center for
                                                                                      the Performing Arts for
                                                                                      fiscal year 2007.
PL 109-308.............  Oct. 6, 2006.....................  H.R. 3858..............  To amend the Robert T.
                                                                                      Stafford Disaster Relief
                                                                                      and Emergency Assistance
                                                                                      Act to ensure that State
                                                                                      and local emergency
                                                                                      preparedness operational
                                                                                      plans address the needs of
                                                                                      individuals with household
                                                                                      pets and service animals
                                                                                      following a major disaster
                                                                                      or emergency.
PL 109-331.............  Oct. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 5546..............  To designate the United
                                                                                      States courthouse to be
                                                                                      constructed in Greenville,
                                                                                      South Carolina, as the
                                                                                      ``Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
                                                                                      United States
                                                                                      Courthouse''.
PL 109-332.............  Oct. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 5606..............  To designate the Federal
                                                                                      building and United States
                                                                                      courthouse located at 221
                                                                                      and 211 West Ferguson
                                                                                      Street in Tyler, Texas, as
                                                                                      the ``William M. Steger
                                                                                      Federal Building and
                                                                                      United States
                                                                                      Courthouse''.
PL 109-335.............  Oct. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 6051..............  To designate the Federal
                                                                                      building and United States
                                                                                      courthouse located at 2
                                                                                      South Main Street in
                                                                                      Akron, Ohio, as the ``John
                                                                                      F. Seiberling Federal
                                                                                      Building and United States
                                                                                      Courthouse''.
PL 109-339.............  Oct. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 315...............  To designate the United
                                                                                      States courthouse at 300
                                                                                      North Hogan Street,
                                                                                      Jacksonville, Florida, as
                                                                                      the ``John Milton Bryan
                                                                                      Simpson United States
                                                                                      Courthouse''.
PL 109-341.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  H.R. 1463..............  To designate a portion of
                                                                                      the Federal building
                                                                                      located at 2100 Jamieson
                                                                                      Avenue, in Alexandria,
                                                                                      Virginia, as the ``Justin
                                                                                      W. Williams United States
                                                                                      Attorney's Building''.
PL 109-342.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  H.R. 1556..............  To designate a parcel of
                                                                                      land located on the site
                                                                                      of the Thomas F. Eagleton
                                                                                      United States Courthouse
                                                                                      in St. Louis, Missouri, as
                                                                                      the ``Clyde S. Cahill
                                                                                      Memorial Park''.
PL 109-343.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  H.R. 2322..............  To designate the Federal
                                                                                      building located at 320
                                                                                      North Main Street in
                                                                                      McAllen, Texas, as the
                                                                                      ``Kika de la Garza Federal
                                                                                      Building''.
PL 109-347.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  H.R. 4954..............  To improve maritime and
                                                                                      cargo security through
                                                                                      enhanced layered defenses,
                                                                                      and for other purposes.
PL 109-348.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  H.R. 5026..............  To designate the
                                                                                      Investigations Building of
                                                                                      the Food and Drug
                                                                                      Administration located at
                                                                                      466 Fernandez Juncos
                                                                                      Avenue in San Juan, Puerto
                                                                                      Rico, as the ``Andres Toro
                                                                                      Building''.
PL 109-352.............  Oct. 13, 2006....................  S. 3661................  A bill to amend section 29
                                                                                      of the International Air
                                                                                      Transportation Competition
                                                                                      Act of 1979 relating to
                                                                                      air transportation to and
                                                                                      from Love Field, Texas.
PL 109-359.............  Oct. 16, 2006....................  H.R. 5160..............  To establish the Long
                                                                                      Island Sound Stewardship
                                                                                      Initiative.
PL 109-381.............  Dec. 1, 2006.....................  S. 1140................  A bill to designate the
                                                                                      State Route 1 Bridge in
                                                                                      the State of Delaware as
                                                                                      the ``Senator William V.
                                                                                      Roth, Jr. Bridge''.
PL 109-392.............  Dec. 12, 2006....................  H.R. 6121..............  To amend the Federal Water
                                                                                      Pollution Control Act to
                                                                                      reauthorize a program
                                                                                      relating to the Lake
                                                                                      Pontchartrain Basin, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
PL 109-396.............  Dec. 15, 2006....................  H.R. 3699..............  To provide for the sale,
                                                                                      acquisition, conveyance,
                                                                                      and exchange of certain
                                                                                      real property in the
                                                                                      District of Columbia to
                                                                                      facilitate the
                                                                                      utilization, development,
                                                                                      and redevelopment of such
                                                                                      property, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-434.............  Dec. 20, 2006....................  H.R. 6316..............  To extend through December
                                                                                      31, 2008, the authority of
                                                                                      the Secretary of the Army
                                                                                      to accept and expend funds
                                                                                      contributed by non-Federal
                                                                                      public entities to
                                                                                      expedite the processing of
                                                                                      permits.
PL 109-443.............  Dec. 21, 2006....................  H.R. 5076..............  To amend title 49, United
                                                                                      States Code, to authorize
                                                                                      appropriations for fiscal
                                                                                      years 2007, 2008, and
                                                                                      2009, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
PL 109-449.............  Dec. 22, 2006....................  S. 362.................  To establish a program
                                                                                      within the National
                                                                                      Oceanic and Atmospheric
                                                                                      Administration and the
                                                                                      United States Coast Guard
                                                                                      to help identify,
                                                                                      determine sources of,
                                                                                      assess, reduce, and
                                                                                      prevent marine debris and
                                                                                      its adverse impacts on the
                                                                                      marine environment and
                                                                                      navigation safety, in
                                                                                      coordination with non-
                                                                                      Federal entities, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
PL 109-460.............  Dec. 22, 2006....................  S. 2735................  To amend the National Dam
                                                                                      safety Program Act to
                                                                                      reauthorize the national
                                                                                      dam safety program, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
PL 109-................  Dec. , 2006......................  H.R. 5483..............  To increase the disability
                                                                                      earning limitation under
                                                                                      the Railroad Retirement
                                                                                      Act and to index the
                                                                                      amount of allowable
                                                                                      earnings consistent with
                                                                                      increases in the
                                                                                      substantial gainful
                                                                                      activity dollar amount
                                                                                      under the Social Security
                                                                                      Act.
PL 109-................  Dec. , 2006......................  H.R. 5782..............  To amend title 49, United
                                                                                      States Code, to provide
                                                                                      for enhanced safety and
                                                                                      environmental protection
                                                                                      in pipeline
                                                                                      transportation, to provide
                                                                                      for enhanced reliability
                                                                                      in the transportation of
                                                                                      the Nation's energy
                                                                                      products by pipeline, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
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              COMMITTEE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS THAT PASSED THE HOUSE BUT NOT ACTED ON BY THE SENATE
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               BILL NUMBER                             TITLE                          PASSED THE HOUSE
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H. Con. Res. 145........................  Expressing the sense of          July 25, 2006.
                                           Congress in support of a
                                           national bike month and in
                                           appreciation of cyclists and
                                           others for promoting bicycle
                                           safety and the benefits of
                                           cycling.
H. Con. Res. 152........................  Commemorating Mystic Seaport:    June 27, 2005.
                                           the Museum of America and the
                                           Sea in recognition of its 75th
                                           year.
H.R. 135................................  To establish the ``Twenty-First  Apr. 12, 2005.
                                           Century Water Commission'' to
                                           study and develop
                                           recommendations for a
                                           comprehensive water strategy
                                           to address future water needs.
H.R. 548................................  To designate the Federal         Feb. 8, 2005.
                                           building and United States
                                           courthouse located at 200 West
                                           2nd Street in Dayton, Ohio, as
                                           the ``Tony Hall Federal
                                           Building and United States
                                           Courthouse''.
H.R. 1412...............................  To amend the Ports and           June 27, 2005.
                                           Waterways Safety Act to
                                           require notification of the
                                           Coast Guard regarding
                                           obstructions to navigation,
                                           and for other purposes.
H.R. 1721...............................  To amend the Federal Water       Dec. 7, 2005.
                                           Pollution Control Act to
                                           reauthorize programs to
                                           improve the quality of coastal
                                           recreation waters, and for
                                           other purposes.
H.R. 1817...............................  To authorize appropriations for  May 18, 1005.
                                           fiscal year 2006 for the
                                           Department of Homeland
                                           Security, and for other
                                           purposes.
H.R. 3983...............................  To expedite the construction of  Oct. 7, 2005.
                                           new refining capacity in the
                                           United States, to provide
                                           reliable and affordable energy
                                           for the American people, and
                                           for other purposes.
H.R. 4200...............................  To improve the ability of the    May 17, 2006.
                                           Secretary of Agriculture and
                                           the Secretary of the Interior
                                           to promptly implement recovery
                                           treatments in response to
                                           catastrophic events affecting
                                           Federal lands under their
                                           jurisdiction, including the
                                           removal of dead and damaged
                                           trees and the implementation
                                           of reforestation treatments,
                                           to support the recovery of non-
                                           Federal lands damaged by
                                           catastrophic events, to
                                           revitalize Forest Service
                                           experimental forests, and for
                                           other purposes.
H.R. 4500...............................  To designate certain buildings   Dec. 13, 2005.
                                           of the Centers for Disease
                                           Control and Prevention.
H.R. 4530...............................  To designate the Federal         May 22, 2005.
                                           building and United States
                                           courthouse located at 101 Barr
                                           Street in Lexington, Kentucky,
                                           as the ``Scott Reed Federal
                                           Building and United States
                                           Courthouse''.
H.R. 4653...............................  To repeal a prohibition on the   Sept. 20, 2006.
                                           use of certain funds for
                                           tunneling in certain areas
                                           with respect to the Los
                                           Angeles to San Fernando Valley
                                           Metro Rail project, California.
H.R. 4700...............................  To provide for the conditional   May 3, 2006.
                                           conveyance of any interest
                                           retained by the United States
                                           in St. Joseph Memorial Hall in
                                           St. Joseph, Michigan.
H.R. 4981...............................  To amend the National Dam        Sept. 27, 2006.
                                           Safety Program Act.
H.R. 5013...............................  To amend the Robert T. Stafford  July 25, 2006.
                                           Disaster Relief and Emergency
                                           Assistance Act to prohibit the
                                           confiscation of firearms
                                           during certain national
                                           emergencies.
H.R. 5681...............................  To authorize appropriations for  Sept. 28, 2006.
                                           the Coast Guard for fiscal
                                           year 2007, and for other
                                           purposes.
H.R. 5689...............................  To amend the Safe, Accountable,  June 28, 2006.
                                           Flexible, Efficient
                                           Transportation Equity Act: A
                                           Legacy for Users to make
                                           technical corrections, and for
                                           other purposes.
H.R. 6233...............................  To amend the Safe, Accountable,  Sept. 29, 2006.
                                           Flexible, Efficient
                                           Transportation Equity Act: A
                                           Legacy for Users to make
                                           technical corrections, and for
                                           other purposes.
H.R. 6428...............................  To authorize the Secretary of    Dec. 9, 2006.
                                           the Army to carry out certain
                                           elements of the project for
                                           hurricane and storm damage
                                           reduction, Morganza to the
                                           Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana.
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                            COMMITTEE BILLS REPORTED TO THE HOUSE BUT NOT ACTED UPON
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            BILL NUMBER                   REPORT NUMBER           DATE REPORTED                 TITLE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
H.R. 1496..........................  House Report 109-98...  May 26, 2005..........  To return general aviation
                                                                                      to Ronald Reagan
                                                                                      Washington National
                                                                                      Airport.
H.R. 624...........................  House Report 109-166..  July 13, 2005.........  To amend the Federal Water
                                                                                      Pollution Control Act to
                                                                                      authorize appropriations
                                                                                      for sewer overflow control
                                                                                      grants.
H.R 1359...........................  House Report 109-167..  July 13, 2005.........  To amend the Federal Water
                                                                                      Pollution Control Act to
                                                                                      extend the pilot program
                                                                                      for alternative water
                                                                                      source projects.
H. Res. 378........................  House Report 109-167,   July 27, 2005.........  Recognizing and honoring
                                      Part I (Education and                           the 15th anniversary of
                                      the Workforce).                                 the signing of the
                                                                                      Americans with
                                                                                      Disabilities Act of 1990.
H.R. 1640..........................  House Report 109-215,   July 29, 2005.........  To ensure jobs for our
                                      Part I (Energy and                              future with secure and
                                      Commerce).                                      reliable energy.
H.R. 610...........................  House Report 109-216,   July 29, 2005.........  To provide for Federal
                                      Part I (Science).                               energy research,
                                                                                      development,
                                                                                      demonstration, and
                                                                                      commercial application
                                                                                      activities, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
H.R. 3405..........................  House Report 109-261,   Oct. 31, 2005.........  To prohibit the provision
                                      Part I (Agriculture).                           of Federal economic
                                                                                      development assistance for
                                                                                      any State or locality that
                                                                                      uses the power of eminent
                                                                                      domain power to obtain
                                                                                      property for private
                                                                                      commercial development or
                                                                                      that fails to pay
                                                                                      relocation costs to
                                                                                      persons displaced by use
                                                                                      of the power of eminent
                                                                                      domain for economic
                                                                                      development purposes.
H. Res. 488........................  House Report 109-269..  Nov. 3, 2005..........  Requesting that the
                                                                                      President transmit to the
                                                                                      House of Representatives
                                                                                      information in his
                                                                                      possession relating to
                                                                                      contracts for services or
                                                                                      construction related to
                                                                                      Hurricane Katrina
                                                                                      recovery.
H.R. 1630..........................  House Report 109-280..  Nov. 8, 2005..........  ...........................
H.R. 1631..........................  House Report 109-314,   Nov. 8, 2005..........  To provide for the
                                      Part I                                          financing of high-speed
                                      (Transportation).                               rail infrastructure, and
                                                                                      for other purposes.
                                     House Report 109-314,   Feb. 3, 2006            ...........................
                                      Part II (Ways and
                                      Means).
H.R. 3889..........................  House Report 109-299,   Nov. 16, 2005.........  To further regulate and
                                      Part I (Judiciary).                             punish illicit conduct
                                                                                      relating to
                                                                                      methamphetamine, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
                                     House Report 109-299,   Nov. 17, 2005           ...........................
                                      Part II (Energy and
                                      Commerce).
H.R. 4438..........................  House Report 109-364..  Dec. 22, 2005.........  To establish special rules
                                                                                      with respect to certain
                                                                                      disaster assistance
                                                                                      provided for Hurricane
                                                                                      Katrina and Hurricane
                                                                                      Rita.
H.R. 5316..........................  House Report 109-519,   June 26, 2006.........  To reestablish the Federal
                                      Part I (Government                              Emergency Management
                                      Reform).                                        Agency as a cabinet-level
                                                                                      independent establishment
                                                                                      in the executive branch
                                                                                      that is responsible for
                                                                                      the Nation's preparedness
                                                                                      for, response to, recovery
                                                                                      from, and mitigation
                                                                                      against disasters, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
                                     109-519, Part II        Dec. 8, 2006            ...........................
                                      (Transportation).
H.R 4125...........................  House Report 109-532..  June 27, 2006.........  To permit the Administrator
                                                                                      of General Services to
                                                                                      make repairs and lease
                                                                                      space without approval of
                                                                                      a prospectus if the repair
                                                                                      or lease is required as a
                                                                                      result of damages to
                                                                                      buildings or property
                                                                                      attributable to Hurricane
                                                                                      Katrina or Hurricane Rita.
H.R 5393...........................  House Report 109-607,   July 28, 2006.........  To provide for the
                                      Part I (Finance).                               Department of Housing and
                                                                                      Urban Development to
                                                                                      coordinate Federal housing
                                                                                      assistance efforts in the
                                                                                      case of disasters
                                                                                      resulting in long-term
                                                                                      housing needs.
H.R. 5810..........................  House Report 109-608,   July 28, 2006.........  To amend the Comprehensive
                                      Part I                                          Environmental Response,
                                      (Transportation).                               Compensation, and
                                                                                      Liability Act of 1980 to
                                                                                      authorize funding for
                                                                                      brownfields revitalization
                                                                                      activities and State
                                                                                      response programs, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
H.R. 4650..........................  House Report 109-609..  July 28, 2006.........  To direct the Secretary of
                                                                                      the Army to carry out
                                                                                      programs and activities to
                                                                                      enhance the safety of
                                                                                      levees in the United
                                                                                      States.
H.R. 5808..........................  House Report 109-662..  Sept. 15, 2006........  To authorize the Secretary
                                                                                      of Transportation to make
                                                                                      grants to public
                                                                                      transportation agencies
                                                                                      and over-the-road bus
                                                                                      operators to improve
                                                                                      security, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
H.R. 5811..........................  House Report 109-667..  Sept. 19, 2006........  To implement the Protocol
                                                                                      of 1997 to the
                                                                                      International Convention
                                                                                      for the Prevention of
                                                                                      Pollution from Ships,
                                                                                      1973, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
H.R. 4880..........................  House Report 109-709,   Sept. 29, 2006........  To direct the Commandant of
                                      Part I                                          the Coast Guard to require
                                      (Transportation).                               that a security plan for a
                                                                                      maritime facility be
                                                                                      resubmitted for approval
                                                                                      upon transfer of ownership
                                                                                      or operation of such
                                                                                      facility, and for other
                                                                                      purposes.
H.R. 5351..........................  House Report 109-712,   Nov. 9, 2006..........  To amend Homeland Security
                                      Part I (Homeland                                Act of 2002 to establish a
                                      Security).                                      Directorate of Emergency
                                                                                      Management, to codify
                                                                                      certain existing functions
                                                                                      of the Department of
                                                                                      Homeland Security, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
H.R. 5810..........................  House Report 109-730,   Dec. 8, 2006..........  To amend the Comprehensive
                                      Part I (Energy and                              Environmental Response,
                                      Commerce).                                      Compensation, and
                                                                                      Liability Act of 1980 to
                                                                                      authorize funding for
                                                                                      brownfields revitalization
                                                                                      activities and State
                                                                                      response programs, and for
                                                                                      other purposes.
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                                CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS APPROVED BY BOTH CHAMBERS
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          RESOLUTION NUMBER                     TITLE            DATE OF PASSAGE--HOUSE  DATE OF PASSAGE--SENATE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
H. Con. Res. 67......................  Honoring the soldiers    Feb. 17, 2005..........  Sept. 14, 2005
                                        of the Army's Black
                                        Corps of Engineers for
                                        their contributions in
                                        constructing the
                                        Alaska-Canada highway
                                        during World War II
                                        and recognizing the
                                        importance of these
                                        contributions to the
                                        subsequent integration
                                        of the military.
H. Con. Res. 86......................  Authorizing the use of   May 10, 2005...........  May 12, 2005
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the Greater
                                        Washington Soap Box
                                        Derby.
H. Con. Res. 135.....................  Authorizing the use of   May 10, 2005...........  May 12, 2005
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the District of
                                        Columbia Special
                                        Olympics Law
                                        Enforcement Torch Run.
H. Con. Res. 136.....................  Authorizing the use of   May 10, 2005...........  May 12, 2005
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the National Peace
                                        Officers' Memorial
                                        Service.
H. Con. Res. 161.....................  Authorizing the use of   Oct. 6, 2005...........  Oct. 7, 2005
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for an event to
                                        commemorate the 10th
                                        Anniversary of the
                                        Million Man March.
H. Con. Res. 235.....................  Expressing the sense of  July 25, 2006..........  Sept. 25, 2006
                                        the Congress that
                                        States should require
                                        candidates for
                                        driver's licenses to
                                        demonstrate an ability
                                        to exercise greatly
                                        increased caution when
                                        driving in the
                                        proximity of a
                                        potentially visually
                                        impaired individual.
H. Con. Res. 349.....................  Authorizing the use of   Apr. 27, 2006..........  May 2, 2006
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the Greater
                                        Washington Soap Box
                                        Derby.
H. Con. Res. 359.....................  Authorizing the use of   May 3, 2006............  May 4, 2006
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the District of
                                        Columbia Special
                                        Olympics Law
                                        Enforcement Torch Run.
H. Con. Res. 360.....................  Authorizing the use of   Apr. 5, 2006...........  Apr. 6, 2006
                                        the Capitol Grounds
                                        for the National Peace
                                        Officers' Memorial
                                        Service.
H. Con. Res. 372.....................  Recognizing the 50th     June 13, 2006..........  June 19, 2006
                                        Anniversary of the
                                        Interstate Highway
                                        System.
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                    SENATE BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE BUT NOT ACTED UPON
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                                                                                         DATE OF REFERRAL TO THE
             BILL NUMBER                        TITLE            DATE OF SENATE PASSAGE         COMMITTEE
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S. 50................................  To authorize and         July 1, 2005...........  July 11, 2005
                                        strengthen the
                                        National Oceanic and
                                        Atmospheric
                                        Administration's
                                        tsunami detection,
                                        forecast, warning, and
                                        mitigation program,
                                        and for other purposes.
S. 125...............................  A bill to designate the  Feb. 17, 2005..........  Mar. 1, 2005
                                        United States
                                        courthouse located at
                                        501 I Street in
                                        Sacramento,
                                        California, as the
                                        ``Robert T. Matsui
                                        United States
                                        Courthouse''.
S. 466...............................  A bill to deauthorize a  Sept. 5, 2005..........  Sept. 6, 2005
                                        certain portion of the
                                        project for
                                        navigation, Rockland
                                        Harbor, Maine.
S. 501...............................  To provide a site for    July 29, 2005..........  Sept. 6, 2005
                                        the National Women's
                                        History Museum in the
                                        District of Columbia.
S. 706...............................  To convey all right,     July 26, 2005..........  July 27, 2005
                                        title, and interest of
                                        the United States in
                                        and to the land
                                        described in this Act
                                        to the Secretary of
                                        the Interior for the
                                        Prairie Island Indian
                                        Community in Minnesota.
S. 939...............................  To expedite payments of  Oct. 27, 2005..........  Oct. 27, 2005
                                        certain Federal
                                        emergency assistance
                                        authorized pursuant to
                                        the Robert T. Stafford
                                        Disaster Relief and
                                        Emergency Assistance
                                        Act, and to direct the
                                        Secretary of Homeland
                                        Security to exercise
                                        certain authority
                                        provided under that
                                        Act.
S. 1409..............................  A bill to amend the      Sept. 30, 2006.........  Nov. 13, 2006
                                        Safe Drinking Water
                                        Act Amendments of 1996
                                        to modify the grant
                                        program to improve
                                        sanitation in rural
                                        and Native villages in
                                        the State of Alaska.
S. 1709..............................  To provide favorable     Sept. 27, 2005.........  Sept. 27, 2005
                                        treatment for certain
                                        projects in response
                                        to Hurricane Katrina,
                                        with respect to
                                        revolving loans under
                                        the Federal Water
                                        Pollution Control Act,
                                        and for other purposes.
S. 1764..............................  A bill to provide for    Sept. 22, 2005.........  Sept. 26, 2005
                                        the continued
                                        education of students
                                        affected by Hurricane
                                        Katrina.
S. 2650..............................  A bill to designate the  June 27, 2006..........  June 28, 2006
                                        Federal courthouse to
                                        be constructed in
                                        Greenville, South
                                        Carolina, as the
                                        ``Carroll A. Campbell,
                                        Jr. Federal
                                        Courthouse''.
S. 3679..............................  To authorize             Sept. 25, 2006.........  Sept. 25, 2006
                                        appropriations for the
                                        National
                                        Transportation Safety
                                        Board, and for other
                                        purposes.
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                         BILLS ENACTED INTO LAW

                       (Summaries of Public Laws)

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               ROBERT T. MATSUI UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

                                H.R 787

                          (Public Law 109-10)

    H.R. 787 designates the new United States Courthouse 
located at 501 I Street in Sacramento, California, as the 
``Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse''. Robert Matsui 
was elected to 14 consecutive terms in the United States House 
of Representatives as a member of the California delegation, 
beginning in the 96th Congress. He rose through the ranks and 
was admired by his colleagues as a man of keen intellect, 
trusted friend, and a formidable competitor. He was born in 
Sacramento, California, September 17, 1941, attended the 
University of California, Berkeley, and received his J.D. from 
the Hastings College of Law, University of California in 1966. 
After graduation, Matsui practiced law in a private practice 
before becoming a councilman on the Sacramento City Council. In 
1977 he was elected vice mayor of Sacramento. He served the 
city of Sacramento in every capacity he could. In Congress, 
Matsui's efforts in securing funding for Sacramento were 
crucial in the revitalization of that city. Among the projects 
for which he was responsible were the expansion of the city's 
light rail public transit system, and the courthouse that will 
soon bear his name. He passed away on January 1, 2005. This 
bill passed the House on April 13, 2005.
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              SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 2566

                          (Public Law 109-14)

    Public Law 109-14 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs for one month, and 
authorized appropriations through June 30, 2005.
                                ------                                


     REYNALDO G. GARZA AND FILEMON B. VELA UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

                                H.R. 483

                          (Public Law 109-16)

    H.R. 483 designates the United States Courthouse located in 
Brownsville, Texas, as the ``Garza-Vela United States 
Courthouse''. Judge Reynaldo Garza was born in Brownsville, 
Texas, on July 7, 1915, and attended local public schools. He 
graduated from Brownsville Junior College in 1935, and from the 
University of Texas at Austin in 1939. Upon his graduation, he 
worked in private practice until entering the United States 
Army Air Corps. After World War II, Reynaldo Garza returned to 
private practice until 1961. In 1961 he was appointed to the 
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
and then elected Chief Judge for United States District Court 
for the Southern District of Texas in 1974. Judge Garza was 
appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth 
Circuit in 1979, and in April of 1997, Chief Justice William H. 
Rehnquist appointed him Chief Judge of the Temporary Emergency 
Court of Appeals of the United States. He passed away on 
September 14, 2004, from pneumonia.
    Judge Filemon Vela was born in Harlingen, Texas in 1936, 
and attended Harlingen local public schools. He went on to 
attend Texas Southmost College, the University of Texas, and 
St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He served in 
the United States Army from 1957 until 1959. After his 
graduation, he worked in private practice from 1962 to 1975. He 
was appointed as a Judge on the 107th Judicial District, for 
Cameron-Willacy County from 1975 to 1980. President Carter 
appointed him to the United States District Court for the 
Southern District of Texas in 1980. Judge Vela took Senior 
Status in 2000. Judge Vela passed away on April 13, 2004. This 
bill passed the House on April 13, 2005.
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         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART II

                               H.R. 3104

                          (Public Law 109-20)

    Public Law 109-20 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 1 to July 19, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART III

                               H.R. 3332

                          (Public Law 109-35)

    Public Law 109-35 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 20 to July 21, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART IV

                               H.R. 3377

                          (Public Law 109-37)

    Public Law 109-37 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 22 to July 27, 2005.
                                ------                                


          SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART V

                               H.R. 3453

                          (Public Law 109-40)

    Public Law 109-40 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 28 to July 30, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART VI


                               H.R. 3512


                          (Public Law 109-42)

    Public Law 109-42 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 30 to August 14, 2005.
                                ------                                


                       ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005


                              (Railroads)


                                 H.R. 6


                          (Public Law 109-58)

    Railroad provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 
2005 were: $65 million in new funding to increase locomotive 
fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, and, $45 million in new 
funding for the installation of devices to reduce diesel 
locomotive idling.
                                ------                                


  SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A 
                            LEGACY FOR USERS


                                 H.R. 3


                          (Public Law 109-59)


                        Subcommittee on Aviation


          Limited Exception From Type Certificate Requirement


                     (Section 4405 of P.L. 109-59)

    This aviation provision was included as section 4405 of the 
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity 
Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA: LU). Section 4405 provides a 
narrow exception to the requirement that aircraft builders 
obtain the permission of the type certificate holder before 
building an aircraft using the type certificate holder's 
design. Under section 4405, aircraft that were already in the 
process of being built prior to the date on which Federal 
Aviation Administration field offices were informed of this 
requirement may continue to be certificated without the 
permission of the type certificate holder, if certain 
conditions are met.

 Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subtitle A of 
    Title X--Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Amendments

    This law made several amendments to create a simpler and 
more equitable formula for Federal sportfishing restoration and 
recreational boating safety funding. The law established the 
Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Trust Fund and 
provided for the spend-out of more than $90 million in the 
Boating Safety Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund to 
support State programs in future Fiscal Years.

            Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines

    This legislation reauthorizes the Federal highway, public 
transportation, highway safety and motor carrier safety 
programs for five years, from Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal 
Year 2009. SAFETEA: LU, together with the Surface 
Transportation Extension Acts, provides $286.4 billion in new 
funding over the life of the bill. This is an increase of 42 
percent over the previous reauthorization, the Transportation 
Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) from 1998-2003.

                                COMPARISON OF GUARANTEED FUNDING TOTALS BY AGENCY
                                                  [In millions]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            AGENCY                                       TEA 21                SAFETEA: LU
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Highway Administration................................                 $163,000                 $227,560
Federal Transit Administration................................                  $36,000                  $52,579
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...................                   $1,300                   $2,888
National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.........................                   $1,700                   $3,430
      Total...................................................                 $202,000                 $286,457
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Through increased investment in our nation's transportation 
infrastructure, this bill will maintain and improve our roads, 
bridges, and transit systems. H.R. 3 passed the House on March 
10, 2005, and the Senate on April 17, 2005. The conference 
report was agreed to by the House and the Senate on July 29, 
2005, and the bill was signed into law on August 10, 2005, 
(Public Law 109-59).

Congestion relief

    Annually, congestion costs American drivers $67 billion in 
lost productivity and wasted motor fuel and 3.6 billion hours 
of delay. The average traveler who drives during peak periods 
loses $1,160 a year due to congestion-related delays. And 
congestion is not only a problem in America's big cities--33 
percent of all travel on major roadways in the United States is 
affected by congestion.
    SAFETEA: LU provides federal funding and policy initiatives 
to combat congestion. The bill provides more than $227 billion 
between fiscal years 2004 and 2009 for the Federal highway 
program (an almost 40 percent increase over TEA 21), and more 
than $52 billion for federal public transportation programs. 
Public transportation is an important component to solving the 
nation's congestion problems.
    SAFETEA: LU creates several new programs designed to bridge 
current infrastructure gaps and to address congestion choke 
points. These programs include a $1.9 billion National Corridor 
Infrastructure Improvement program, a $1.8 billion Projects of 
Regional and National Significance program, and $833 million 
for a Coordinated Border Infrastructure program.
    SAFETEA: LU ensures that States utilize congestion relief 
technologies to make roadway travel safer and more reliable. 
The Act also includes several provisions that encourage and 
promote the recapturing of unused highway capacity. Provisions 
in SAFETEA: LU related to HOV/HOT lanes, transportation system 
management and operations, and value pricing will allow highway 
managers to squeeze more capacity from our existing highway 
investments.

Safety

    In 2003, more than 42,000 Americans were killed and 2.9 
million were seriously injured each year on the Nation's 
highways. Substandard road conditions and roadside hazards are 
a contributing factor in nearly 1/3 of all fatal crashes each 
year. In total, motor vehicle crashes cost the United States 
more than $231 billion annually.
    SAFETEA: LU creates a new core program for highway safety 
infrastructure improvements with its own dedicated funding 
stream. The new program is funded at approximately $5 billion 
from Fiscal Year 2006 through 2009. To address the problem of 
substandard road conditions in rural areas, SAFETEA: LU 
includes $360 million for a new High Risk Rural Road Safety 
Improvement program that targets funding for safety 
improvements on rural two-lane roads. About 61 percent of all 
highway-related fatalities occur on rural roads.
    SAFETEA: LU increases funding for National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA) highway safety formula grants to 
support a full range of State safety programs, including 
impaired driving programs, occupant protection programs, 
motorcycle safety, police traffic services and roadway safety. 
A new Safe Routes to School program is authorized that provides 
$612 million over five years to States to encourage communities 
to adopt strategies and fund projects designed to allow 
children to walk and bike to school safely.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $1.7 billion in State motor carrier 
safety grants, including the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance 
Program (MCSAP), Border Enforcement grants, Commercial Driver's 
License grants, Performance and Registration Information System 
Management grants, and State Data Improvement Grants. These 
grants will promote State enforcement of and compliance with 
Federal Motor Carrier safety regulations.

Freight mobility

    In 2002, 8.9 billion tons of freight--at a value of more 
than $5 trillion--was transported by highway. From 1990 to 
2000, United States truck travel increased by 38 percent. In 
the next 20 years, truck travel is expected to increase 90 
percent due to an expanding economy and the increased reliance 
on just-in-time delivery.
    SAFETEA: LU funds several programs that are specifically 
designed to improve the movement of freight. $1.9 billion over 
five years is authorized for a National Corridor Infrastructure 
Improvement program. This program is designed to fund regional 
and multi-state corridor projects that will improve mobility 
and economic growth in areas underserved by existing highway 
infrastructure. An additional $833 million is provided to the 
Coordinated Border Infrastructure program, which apportions 
funds to border States for highway projects that will improve 
the safe and efficient movement of people and goods at or 
across the border between the United States and Mexico and the 
United States and Canada.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $1.8 billion for a new program to fund 
projects of regional and national significance. This program is 
designed to fund projects that will have a significant impact 
on the movement of goods and people beyond the immediate local 
area of the project.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $100 million to complete the core 
deployment and encourage the expanded deployment of the 
Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) 
program, which will improve commercial motor vehicle efficiency 
by allowing trucks to by-pass safety inspections and weigh 
stations, based on their safety records.

Public transportation

    From 1996 to 2005, public transit ridership grew 25 
percent, and now carries 9.8 billion passenger trips a year. 
But in many United States cities, public transportation 
infrastructure is not keeping up with demand. Public 
transportation provides vital mobility to seniors, individuals 
with disabilities, and families with only one car or no car--
but in 40 percent of United States counties, there is no public 
transportation system.
    SAFETEA: LU increases funding to meet public transportation 
infrastructure needs. The Act provides $52.58 billion for 
transit programs, all guaranteed. This is a 46 percent increase 
in guaranteed funding over TEA 21 levels. To address the 
problem of so many U.S. counties having no public 
transportation system at all, SAFETEA: LU increases the 
percentage of formula funding for public transportation in 
rural areas (towns of less than 50,000 in population). Total 
six-year funding for rural public transportation increases by 
95 percent, going from $1.25 billion to $2.44 billion.
    SAFETEA: LU strengthens public transportation services for 
individuals with disabilities by increasing the elderly and 
disabled formula program and authorizes President Bush's New 
Freedom Initiative, providing funds for disabled transportation 
activities in areas where these services are not available, or 
that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with 
Disabilities Act. These two initiatives total $1 billion over 
the six-year authorization period, more than double the amount 
provided for the elderly and disabled formula grants program 
under TEA 21.

National infrastructure needs

    The Federal highway, transit, and highway safety program 
authorizations would have expired on September 30, 2003, 
without the 12 extension bills. During the almost two-year 
period that was required to pass the SAFETEA: LU legislation, 
the critical needs of America's transportation infrastructure 
became even more severe. In June 2006, the Interstate System 
turned 50 years old. The Department of Transportation's 2002 
Conditions and Performance Report shows that 32 percent of our 
major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, 29 percent of 
our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally 
obsolete, 36 percent of the nation's urban rail vehicles and 
maintenance facilities are in substandard or poor condition, 
and 29 percent of the nation's bus fleet and maintenance 
facilities are in substandard or poor condition. According to 
the United States Department of Transportation, the combined 
spending of all levels of government for the existing 
infrastructure should be $106 billion annually for highways and 
$20.6 billion for transit.
    To reach that investment level by 2009, the federal share 
of highway investments over the next six years should be 
roughly $40 billion in 2004 growing to $60 billion in 2009. To 
reach that investment level by 2009, capital public 
transportation grants should reach $12.8 billion, with an 
additional $1 billion for operating grants, research, planning, 
and administrative costs.
    SAFETEA: LU significantly increases investment in 
transportation infrastructure. The highway obligation authority 
grows from $34.4 billion in 2004 to $41 billion in 2009; public 
transportation funding grows from $7.3 billion in 2004 to $10.3 
billion in 2009.

                       Subcommittee on Railroads

    This legislation expanded the authorization under the Swift 
Act for high-speed rail corridor development to $100 million 
per year for seven years. The existing law was also broadened 
to permit Swift Act funds to be used for the acquisition of 
high-speed trains, signal systems, and infrastructure. This 
legislation also expanded the existing $3.5 billion Railroad 
Infrastructure Finance loan program (RRIF) to $35 billion. 
These funds may be used by state and local governments, 
railroads, entities in a joint venture with a railroad, 
interstate compacts and certain shippers to provide funding for 
railroad lines, cars and facilities.
    The Alaska Railroad is eligible for the technology and 
rolling stock funds.
    The following Railroad related provisions were included in 
H.R. 3:
    Rehabilitation and improvement financing: Expanded the 
existing $3.5 billion Railroad Infrastructure Finance loan 
program (RRIF) to $35 billion. These funds may be used by state 
and local governments, railroads, entities in a joint venture 
with a railroad, interstate compacts and certain shippers to 
provide funding for railroad lines, cars and facilities. The 
Alaska Railroad is eligible for these funds.
    Rail Line Relocation Grants: Enacted a new authorization to 
provide federal assistance for the relocation of rail lines to 
enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic, safety, community 
quality of life, and area commerce. The authorization provides 
$350,000,000 for each of the Fiscal Years 2006 through 2009.
    Grants to Alaska Railroad: Enacted a provision authorizing 
the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to make 
general fund grants to the Alaska Railroad for capital 
rehabilitation and improvements benefiting its passenger 
operations.
    Report on blocked railroad grade crossings: Directed the 
Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the safety 
and security impacts of blocked highway grade crossings.
    Welded rail and railroad tank car improvements: Ordered the 
improvement of safety standards for welded rail tracks and 
requires the Department of Transportation to conduct further 
studies on railroad tank car safety.
    Study of rail transportation and regulation: Provides $1.8 
million for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to conduct 
a comprehensive study of our nation's rail transportation 
system. The TRB is required to complete the study within one 
year of enactment and submit a report to Congress.
                                ------                                


  SPORTFISHING AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 3649


                                Title 11


                          (Public Law 109-74)

    H.R. 3649 extends programs funded from the Boat Safety 
Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund through the end of 
Fiscal Year 2005. The programs that were extended in this Act 
include recreational boating safety, the sport fish restoration 
national outreach and communications program, and Clean Vessel 
Act programs. The bill passed the House on September 13, 2006, 
and was passed with an amendment by the Senate on September 15, 
2006. The House concurred in the Senate amendment and passed 
the bill, as amended, on September 20, 2006.
                                ------                                


 A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO MAKE EMERGENCY 
AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT GRANTS-IN-AID UNDER TITLE 49, UNITED STATES 
 CODE, FOR REPAIRS AND COSTS RELATED TO DAMAGE FROM HURRICANES KATRINA 
                                AND RITA


                                S. 1786


                          (Public Law 109-87)

    Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to make airport 
development project grants from unobligated apportioned airport 
improvement funds for Fiscal Year 2005 and Fiscal Year 2006 for 
emergency capital and operating costs of repairing or replacing 
public use facilities damaged by Hurricanes Katrina or Rita, 
and which are incurred by a public use airport in Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Alabama, or Texas, listed in the Federal Aviation 
Administration's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. 
Authorizes the Secretary to waive any applicable grant 
limitation or requirement if the Secretary determines that it 
is necessary to respond to the urgent needs of the region 
damaged by the hurricanes.
                                ------                                


                  COMMUNITY DISASTER LOAN ACT OF 2005


                                S. 1858


                          (Public Law 109-88)

    S. 1858, referred to as the Community Disaster Loan Act of 
2005, amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act's Community Disaster Loan Program. The 
program places a $5,000,000 limit per loan per community. S. 
1858 removes this cap for the $750,000,000 appropriated for 
this program for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The bill limits 
the Community Disaster Loan program by not permitting the 
waiver of repayment of these loan obligations, in effect 
creating a $750,000,000 loan program which must be repaid by 
the communities which have suffered from these two disasters. 
This bill passed the House on October 7, 2005.
                                ------                                


                     COLIN POWELL RESIDENTIAL PLAZA


                                S. 1413


                          (Public Law 109-89)

    S. 1413 designates the Federal building in Kingston, 
Jamaica, formerly known as the Crowne Plaza, as the Colin L. 
Powell Residential Plaza. Colin Powell was born in New York 
City on April 5, 1937. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, 
immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. He was educated 
in New York City public schools. He went on to graduate from 
the City College of New York with a degree in geology. While at 
City College he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps 
(ROTC). When he graduated in 1958, he was at the top of his 
ROTC class with the rank of cadet colonel, the highest rank in 
the corps. In 1962, he was sent to Vietnam for the first of his 
two tours of duty. In 1963, he was wounded and awarded the 
Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. During his second tour in 
Vietnam, he was injured in a helicopter crash but managed to 
rescue his comrades for which he was awarded the Soldier's 
Medal. He has received 11 decorations including the Legion of 
Merit. He continued his education, gaining a master's degree in 
business administration from George Washington University. 
Since that time, Colin Powell has served our great Nation as a 
professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he was the 
recipient of numerous United States and foreign military awards 
and decorations and soon rose to the rank of a four-star 
general. He went on to serve as the 12th Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, which is the highest military position in the 
Department of Defense. In his time as Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, he oversaw some 28 crises, including Operation 
Desert Storm and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. His distinguished 
career was topped off when he was sworn in as the 65th 
Secretary of State of the United States in January of 2001, the 
first African American to hold this office. As Secretary of 
State, he took a leading role in rallying America's allies and 
the United Nations in the war against terrorism. This bill 
passed the House on October 6, 2005.
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               LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR AIRPORT OPERATORS


                               H.R. 2360


                   (Section 547 of Public Law 109-90)

    This aviation provision was included in the Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006. 
Section 547 provides all airports, those with Federal Screeners 
and those choosing to participate in the Federal Screening 
Partnership Program (SPP), with liability protection. 
Specifically, the amendment provides all airports protection 
from liability for the decision to file or not file an 
application with the Transportation Security Administration 
(TSA) to participate in the Federal SPP; and protections from 
liability arising out of negligent acts of security screeners, 
whether Federal employees or the employees of Federally-
qualified SPP screening companies acting under a contract with 
the TSA. The provision does not grant airports liability 
protection for their own acts of negligence.
                                ------                                


                      ROSA PARKS FEDERAL BUILDING


                               H.R. 2967


                          (Public Law 109-98)

    H.R. 2967 designates the Federal building located at 333 
Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, Michigan, as the ``Rosa Parks 
Federal Building''. Rosa Parks is most well known as the 
``mother of the civil rights movement.'' In 1955, she defiantly 
refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, 
Alabama, inspiring further civil disobedience. Rosa Park's 
dedication to the fight for social and economic justice 
continued well beyond that monumental day in 1955, as she spent 
the remainder of her life fighting against all forms of 
discrimination. Rosa Parks received numerous awards for her 
contributions to the civil rights movement, including the 
Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold 
Medal. Rosa Parks passed away October 24, 2005. This bill 
passed the House on October 26, 2005.
                                ------                                


AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH MARCH 31, 2006, THE AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY 
   OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-FEDERAL 
       PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS


                               H.R. 3765


                           (Public Law 109-99

    H.R. 3765 provides a short-term extension through March 31, 
2006, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act, H.R. 2864. H.R. 3765 became Public 
Law 109-99.
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        ROSA PARKS FEDERAL BUILDING AND WILLIAM B. BRYANT ANNEX


                                S. 1285


                          (Public Law 109-101)

    S. 1285 designates the Federal building located at 333 Mt. 
Elliott Street in Detroit, Michigan, as the ``Rosa Parks 
Federal Building'', and the annex to the E. Barrett Prettyman 
Federal Building and United States Courthouse located at 
Constitution Avenue Northwest in the District of Columbia, as 
the ``William B. Bryant Annex''.
    Rosa Parks is most well known as the ``mother of the civil 
rights movement.'' In 1955 she defiantly refused to give up her 
seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, inspiring 
further civil disobedience. Rosa Park's dedication to the fight 
for social and economic justice continued well beyond that 
monumental day in 1955, as she spent the remainder of her life 
fighting against all forms of discrimination. Rosa Parks 
received numerous awards for her contributions to the civil 
rights movement, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 
and the Congressional Gold Medal. Rosa Parks passed away 
October 24, 2005.
    Judge Bryant was born in Alabama but raised in Washington, 
DC. He attended DC public schools, and graduated from Dunbar 
High School. He received both his Bachelor's and law degrees 
from Howard University. In 1943, he entered the United States 
Army, receiving a commission as a First Lieutenant. Judge 
Bryant was honorably discharged in 1947, having attained the 
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After 18 years in private practice, 
marked by a brief period with the Department of Justice, 
William Bryant was appointed to the United States District 
Court for the District of Columbia in 1965. In 1977, Judge 
Bryant became the first African-American to serve as Chief 
Judge for the D.C. District Court. Judge Bryant took senior 
status in 1982. This bill passed the House on November 2, 2005.
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 A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO EXTEND THE 
         AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR LONG ISLAND SOUND


                               H.R. 3963


                          (Public Law 109-137)

    H.R. 3963, a bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act, reauthorizes the Long Island Sound program within 
the Environmental Protection Agency to provide $40 million a 
year for the protection and restoration of the Long Island 
Sound. This bill became Public Law 109-137 on December 22, 
2005.
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       PREDISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 4324


                          (Public Law 109-139)

    H.R. 4324 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize through Fiscal Year 
2008 the program of technical and financial assistance to 
states and local governments for cost-effective predisaster 
hazard mitigation measures. It also amends the Disaster 
Mitigation Act of 2000 to extend through September 30, 2007, 
the deadline for completion by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office of a study estimating the reduction 
in Federal disaster assistance that has resulted and is likely 
to result from enactment of such Act. This bill passed the 
House on December 15, 2005.
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                COAST GUARD HURRICANE RELIEF ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 4508


                          (Public Law 109-141)

    The legislation addresses several issues that have arisen 
due to the recent events in the Gulf Coast as a result of 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. H.R. 4508 recognizes and commends 
the heroic actions of the Coast Guard in response to Hurricane 
Katrina and preserves up to 90 days of accumulated leave that 
would otherwise be lost at the end of this calendar year for 
Coast Guardsmen who were detailed to operations in response to 
Hurricane Katrina. The legislation also authorizes the Coast 
Guard to temporarily extend the expiration of licenses and 
documents for mariners that were affected by Hurricane Katrina 
and certificates of inspection and compliance for vessels that 
are inspected by marine safety offices that are located in the 
impacted region.
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                    THE DEFICIT CONTROL ACT OF 2005


                                S. 1932


                     Essential Air Service Program


                  (Section 3012 of Public Law 109-171)

    Section 3012 of S. 1932, The Deficit Control Act of 2005, 
provides an additional $15 million in each of Fiscal Years 2007 
and 2008 for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The 
additional $15 million is contingent upon at least $110 million 
being provided for EAS from current sources (i.e., appropriated 
funds and overflight fees). Together with base funding of at 
least $110 million, the additional $15 million will increase 
EAS funding to at least $125 million in Fiscal Years 2007 and 
2008.
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                KATRINA EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2006


                                S. 1777


                          (Public Law 109-176)

    S. 1777, as amended, extends the disaster unemployment 
assistance eligibility period to 39 weeks for individuals 
eligible for such assistance under the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) who 
are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane 
Rita and are not eligible for regular unemployment assistance. 
The Stafford Act allows the President to provide assistance to 
individuals unemployed as a result of a major disaster through 
the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program for a period of up 
to 26 weeks. Due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a significant 
part of the Gulf region's workforce remained unemployed after 
this 26 week period. S. 1777, as amended, provides for an 
additional 13 weeks of assistance. This bill passed the House 
on March 3, 2006.
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   AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2006, THE AUTHORITY OF THE 
  SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-
   FEDERAL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS


                               H.R. 4826


                          (Public Law 109-209)

    H.R. 4826, provides a short-term extension through December 
31, 2006, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act, H.R. 2864. H.R. 4826 became Public 
Law 109-209.
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               SUPREME COURT GROUNDS TRANSFER ACT OF 2005


                                S. 2116


                          (Public Law 109-214)

    S. 2116 transfers jurisdiction over a small parcel of land 
from the Architect of the Capitol to the Supreme Court of the 
United States. The small parcel of land is bordered by 
Constitution Avenue on the North, Maryland Avenue on the West 
and South, and by Second Street on the East. This transfer also 
includes realigning the jurisdictional boundaries of the United 
States Capitol Police and the United States Supreme Court 
Police to reflect this land transfer. The transfer will enable 
the Supreme Court Police to have control over the grounds 
within the bollard perimeter currently under construction. This 
bill passed the House on March 28, 2006.
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                  LOCAL COMMUNITY RECOVERY ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 4979


                          (Public Law 109-218)

    H.R. 4979, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) to 
clarify the preference for local firms in the award of 
contracts for disaster relief activities. The bill makes it 
clear that the government can direct contracts to local 
communities devastated by disasters. The Stafford Act provides 
a preference for doing business with local firms to help them 
rebuild their economy. In the areas hardest hit by Hurricane 
Katrina, the job market, local economy, and tax base were 
devastated. This legislation puts people back to work 
rebuilding their communities, while simultaneously 
strengthening the local economy and tax base and providing for 
lower cost and faster job completion. This bill passed the 
House on March 28, 2006.
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          COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2006


                                H.R. 889


                           Public Law 109-241

    This legislation authorizes appropriations for the Coast 
Guard for Fiscal Year 2006, to make technical corrections to 
various laws administered by the Coast Guard, and for other 
purposes. The law also amends existing statutes to improve 
management of Coast Guard activities, navigation, and 
commercial shipping. The law also commends the Coast Guard for 
the service's heroic efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita earlier this year, amends current law to improve 
vessel safety procedures aboard United States ferries, and 
directs the Coast Guard to establish a long-range vessel 
tracking system to improve maritime domain awareness in 
offshore waters.
    The law also includes several provisions that were included 
in H.R. 1412, the Delaware River Protection Act of 2005, as 
passed in the House.
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           DISASTER RECOVERY PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5013


                   Section 557 of Public Law 109-295


      [PASSED AS PART OF THE FY 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 5013, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to prohibit the 
confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms by an individual 
operating under the color of Federal law while acting in 
support of a major disaster or emergency declaration, unless 
the confiscation is otherwise permitted by law. This Act 
ensures that law abiding citizens can continue to protect 
themselves, their families, their businesses, and their 
property, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, during 
disasters, when law enforcement is most likely to be 
overwhelmed and unable to fulfill the safety needs of the 
citizens they serve. It prevents agencies from arbitrarily 
depriving law abiding citizens of their private property and 
means of protection during a disaster. Additionally, this Act 
clarifies that an individual may require the temporary 
surrender of firearms as a condition for entry into any mode of 
transportation used for rescue or evacuation during a disaster 
or emergency. The Act authorizes any individual aggrieved by a 
violation of this legislation to seek relief by bringing an 
action for redress and by bringing a civil action in United 
States district court for return of a confiscated firearm. H.R. 
5013, as amended, passed the House on July 25, 2006.
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 POST-KATRINA REFORM OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)


                               H.R. 5316


                     Title VI of Public Law 109-295


 [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS BILL]

    H.R. 5316--Restoring Emergency Services to Protect Our 
Nation from Disasters Act of 2006 or the ``RESPOND Act of 
2006'' was ordered reported by the Committee on May 17, 2006, 
and includes a number of the provisions that became law through 
the Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Appropriations. The Homeland 
Security Appropriations Act puts Federal Emergency Management 
Agency (FEMA) back together again and gives the agency the 
tools and authority to do its job. With the leadership, 
authority, and resources necessary to respond effectively to 
the next disaster, FEMA can once again be a model agency within 
the Federal Government.
    The amendment to the Home Security Appropriations Act: 
Elevates the standing of FEMA within the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) by promoting the Administrator of FEMA to the 
level of Deputy Secretary. It also requires that the 
Administrator possess a demonstrated ability in and knowledge 
of emergency management and homeland security and at least five 
years of executive leadership and management experience.
    Provides statutory protections to FEMA, like those provided 
to the United States Coast Guard and the Secret Service under 
the Homeland Security Act, by maintaining FEMA as a distinct 
entity within the Department. It also prevents the transfer of 
FEMA authorities, personnel, assets and funds;
    Directs the Administrator to serve as the principal advisor 
to the President, the Homeland Security Council, and the 
Secretary of Homeland Security for all matters relating to 
emergency management and permits the President to designate the 
Administrator as a member of the Cabinet in the event of 
natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other disasters.
    Returns training, exercises, and grant administration 
authority to FEMA, restoring the nexus between emergency 
preparedness and response, helping improve FEMA relations with 
state and local first responders, officials, and emergency 
managers.
    Brings direction, professional expertise, and 
accountability to Federal, State, and local preparedness 
activities by defining responsibility for disaster management 
as vested jointly between Federal and State governments and 
establishing: A national advisory council of State and local 
officials and first responders; National planning scenarios; 
Target capabilities or recommended preparedness levels; 
Training and exercises; A comprehensive assessment system and 
remedial action program; and Federal preparedness requirements.
    Further improves response capabilities at the Federal, 
State and local levels by establishing regional emergency 
support and response teams and Regional Offices and Advisory 
Councils, authorizing the Urban Search and Rescue System and 
the Metropolitan Medical Response System, and establishing a 
nationwide pre-positioned emergency equipment program.
    Elevates the importance of emergency communications within 
DHS by creating an Office of Emergency Communications, 
requiring the Director of the new office to conduct a 
nationwide baseline assessment of emergency communication needs 
and produce a National Emergency Communications Plan.
    Requires State and local governments to establish 
effective, Department-approved Statewide Interoperable 
Communications Plans before being able to use DHS grant funds 
for emergency communications.
    Prevents waste, fraud, and abuse by developing internal 
management controls, fraud prevention training, and allowing 
the inspectors general of other Federal agencies to use a 
portion of their disaster relief funds for oversight 
activities. It also creates a housing pilot program to reduce 
the need for large scale trailer parks; and places a spending 
cap on mitigation programs.
    Requires the development of capabilities necessary to meet 
the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with 
special needs.
    Requires FEMA to develop a voluntary family registry and 
locator system and to coordinate with the National Center for 
Missing and Exploited Children in the Center's development of a 
National Emergency Child Locator Center.
    Authorizes FEMA to disclose evacuee information to law 
enforcement agencies to track sex offenders.
    Increases authorization levels for a select few programs 
and FEMA's core operating budget: Urban Search and Rescue 
increases by $20 million for Fiscal Year 2008; Metropolitan 
Medical Response increases by $30 million for Fiscal Year 2008; 
Emergency Management Performance Grant increases by $175 
million for Fiscal Year 2008; Emergency Management Assistance 
Compact authorized at $4 million for Fiscal Year 2008; and 
FEMA's two operating accounts increase by 10 percent per year 
for three years.
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             RURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 2338


                  (Section 326 of Public Law 109-295)


  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 2338, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the 
President to designate an advocate for small states and rural 
areas within FEMA to advocate for the fair treatment in the 
provision of assistance under such Act. The Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act also requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to report to specified Congressional Committees on the 
extent to which disaster declaration regulations meet the needs 
of States with populations of less than one million and comply 
with existing statutory restrictions on the use of arithmetic 
formulas and sliding scales based on income or population. H.R. 
2338, as amended, was agreed to by voice vote by the 
Subcommittee on July 14, 2005.
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                   DISASTER RELIEF EQUITY ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 3208


                  (Section 688 of Public Law 109-295)


  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 3208 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to require the President to ensure 
that the distribution of supplies, the processing of 
applications, and other disaster relief and assistance 
activities shall be accomplished in an equitable and impartial 
manner, without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, 
religion, nationality, sex, age, or economic status.
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  TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PERMIT ACCESS TO DATABASES 
 MAINTAINED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR PURPOSES OF 
  COMPLYING WITH SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY AND NOTIFICATION LAWS, AND FOR 
                             OTHER PURPOSES


                               H.R. 4381


                  (Section 640a of Public Law 109-295)


  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 4381 amends the Privacy Act of 1974 to authorize the 
disclosure to government agencies of FEMA records on assistance 
provided to individuals in connection with a major disaster or 
emergency for purposes of complying with a federal or state sex 
offender registry or notification law. The bill also conditions 
receipt of federal funds by non-governmental organizations 
under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act on the organization providing assurances 
satisfactory to the President that it will disclose its records 
for the purpose of permitting a requesting jurisdiction to 
comply with a Federal or State sex offender registry or 
notification law.
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     TO AMEND THE ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY 
ASSISTANCE ACT TO RESTORE FEDERAL AID FOR THE REPAIR, RESTORATION, AND 
   REPLACEMENT OF PRIVATE NONPROFIT EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES THAT ARE 
                DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY A MAJOR DISASTER


                               H.R. 4517


                  (Section 689a of Public Law 109-295)


  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 4517 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to restore federal aid for the repair, 
restoration, and replacement of private nonprofit educational 
facilities damaged or destroyed by a major disaster.
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         RAILROAD RETIREMENT TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5074


                          (Public Law 109-305)

    Current law (enacted in 2001) mandates that the Railroad 
Retirement Board utilize a private disbursing agent to send 
Tier II checks to retirees. This requirement has been postponed 
in appropriations measures each year, because using a private 
disbursing agent would result in increased cost to the Railroad 
Retirement Board.
    H.R. 5074 permanently amends the Railroad Retirement Act to 
use the United States Treasury as the disbursing agent. This 
Act results in a savings of $2 million per year.
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    TO AMEND THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL 
 APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 
                          FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007


                               H.R. 5187


                          (Public Law 109-306)

    H.R. 5187 amends the John F. Kennedy Center Act to 
authorize additional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007 to the 
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 
maintenance, repair, and security account and the capital 
projects account. This increase aligns the authorized amounts 
with those requested by the President in the Fiscal Year 2007 
budget. This bill passed the House on July 25, 2006.
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        PETS EVACUATION AND TRANSPORTATION STANDARDS ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 3858


                          (Public Law 109-308)

    H.R. 3858, also known as the PETS Act, amends the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to 
require the Director of FEMA to ensure that state and local 
emergency preparedness operational plans take into account the 
needs of individuals with household pets and service animals 
following a major disaster or emergency. To qualify for FEMA 
funding, a jurisdiction is required to submit a plan detailing 
their disaster preparedness plan. The PETS Act ensures that the 
needs of individuals with household pets and service animals 
are considered when preparedness plans are developed. H.R. 
3858, as amended, also permits FEMA to fund structures that 
will accommodate people with pets and service animals and 
provide essential needs to pets and service animals following a 
disaster. This bill passed the House, as amended, on September 
20, 2006.
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           CARROLL A. CAMPBELL, JR. UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 5546


                          (Public Law 109-331)

    H.R. 5546, as amended, designates the Federal Courthouse to 
be constructed in Greenville, South Carolina, as the ``Carroll 
A. Campbell, Jr. United States Courthouse.'' The bill honors 
former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Carroll A. 
Campbell, Jr. who passed away in 2005. In 1970, Governor 
Campbell's political career began with his election to the 
South Carolina House of Representatives, and he later served in 
the South Carolina Senate. He served in the United States House 
of Representatives from 1979 until his election as Governor in 
1986. As Governor of South Carolina, Campbell coordinated his 
state's response to Hurricane Hugo and lured large industry to 
the state. After two terms in office, Governor Campbell was 
prevented from seeking a third term. In 2001 at the relatively 
young age of 61, Governor Campbell was diagnosed with 
Alzheimer's disease. Governor Campbell passed away after a 
severe heart attack on December 7, 2005. This bill passed the 
House on September 27, 2006.
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    WILLIAM M. STEGER FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 5606


                          (Public Law 109-332)

    H.R. 5606 designates the Federal building and United States 
Courthouse located at 221 and 211 West Ferguson Street in 
Tyler, Texas, as the ``William M. Steger Federal Building and 
United States Courthouse.'' The Act honors William Steger, who 
served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of 
Texas and was appointed to the Federal bench in 1970. Judge 
Steger's service began in 1941 when he joined the Army Air 
Corps the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By 1952, Judge 
Steger was a seasoned attorney and appointed to serve as the 
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas by 
President Eisenhower. Judge Steger's career as a judge began in 
1970, with an appointment to the Federal bench by President 
Nixon. During his tenure, he closed more than 6,500 cases, 
issued several landmark decisions, and was rarely reversed on 
appeal. Judge Steger passed away June 4, 2006. This bill passed 
the House on September 27, 2006.
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    JOHN F. SEIBERLING FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 6051


                          (Public Law 109-335)

    H.R. 6051, as amended, designates the Federal building and 
United States Courthouse located at 2 South Main Street in 
Akron, Ohio, as the ``John F. Seiberling Federal Building and 
United States Courthouse''. John Seiberling was born in 1918 in 
Akron, Ohio. He received his degree from Harvard University and 
his law degree from Columbia School of Law. After four years of 
duty with the United States Army during World War II, 
Seiberling began a career in private practice. After more than 
20 years as an attorney, Seiberling was elected to the 92nd 
Congress and served in the United States House of 
Representatives for 16 years as a Representative of the 14th 
District of Ohio. During his eight terms in the United States 
Congress, Representative Seiberling led the fight to establish 
some of our country's most important urban parks, and has 
received the title of ``patron saint'' of many of our national 
parks. This bill passed the House on September 27, 2006.
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           JOHN MILTON BRYAN SIMPSON UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                                H.R. 315


                          (Public Law 109-339)

    H.R. 315 designates the United States Courthouse at 300 
North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida, as the John Milton 
Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse. Born in Kissimmee, 
Florida, John Simpson progressed through, what would be called 
by any reasonable person, a long, distinguished, and publicly 
oriented career. After receiving his law degree from the 
University of Florida and seven years in private practice, John 
Simpson began what would result in a career in public service 
spanning 54 years. He began as an Assistant State's Attorney, 
served two years in the United States Army during World War II, 
and was a State Judge for nine years before being nominated to 
the Federal bench in 1950. He served as Chief Judge for three 
different Courts, the Southern and Middle District Courts of 
Florida and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He served on 
the Conference of Chief Judges for three years. During his 
tenure on the bench, he was also instrumental in the move 
toward desegregation in Northern Florida during the late 1950s 
and early 1960s. This bill passed the House on February 8, 
2005.
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          JUSTIN W. WILLIAMS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S BUILDING


                               H.R. 1463


                          (Public Law 109-341)

    H.R. 1463 designates a portion of the Federal building 
located at 2100 Jamieson Avenue, in Alexandria, Virginia, as 
the ``Justin W. Williams United States Attorney's Building''. 
Born in New York City in 1942, Justin Williams earned his 
Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in 1963, and his law 
degree from the University of Virginia in 1967. After 
graduation, Justin Williams embarked upon his legal career. 
From 1967 until 1986, he worked for the Criminal Division of 
the Department of Justice and served as Assistant 
Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington County and Assistant 
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 
based in Alexandria. In 1986, Justin Williams was appointed 
Chief of the Criminal Division and served in that capacity 
until his death. Justin Williams passed away August 31, 2003. 
This bill passed the House on April 13, 2005.
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                     CLYDE S. CAHILL MEMORIAL PARK


                               H.R. 1556


                          (Public Law 109-342)

    H.R. 1556 designates a parcel of land located on the site 
of the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. 
Louis, Missouri, as the ``Clyde S. Cahill Memorial Park.'' 
Judge Cahill, was the first African-American to be appointed to 
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of 
Missouri. After serving in the United States Air Force during 
World War II and acquiring a law degree from St. Louis 
University Law School, Judge Cahill engaged in the private 
practice of law in 1951. From 1958 through 1968, he served as 
chief legal advisor to the Missouri NAACP and while with the 
NAACP, he filed the first lawsuit in Missouri to implement the 
Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education helping 
to end school segregation in Missouri. Judge Cahill was 
appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern 
District of Missouri in 1980. Judge Cahill had a reputation for 
being courteous and compassionate. This bill passed the House 
on September 27, 2006.
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                   KIKA DE LA GARZA FEDERAL BUILDING


                               H.R. 2322


                          (Public Law 109-343)

    H.R. 2322 designates the Federal building located at 320 
North Main Street in McAllen, Texas, as the ``Kika de la Garza 
Federal Building.'' The bill honors former Congressman de la 
Garza from Texas, who served in the United States House of 
Representatives for 32 years. Congressman de la Garza started 
his career of civil service early, when he enlisted in the 
United States Navy at age 17. After his military service, he 
earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. 
Following law school, he was elected to the Texas House of 
Representatives, where he served the state for six consecutive 
terms. Congressman de la Garza was elected in 1964 to the 
United States House of Representatives. During his 32 years of 
service in Washington, de la Garza accomplished countless goals 
and participated in a number of historic events including the 
creation of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He also served 
as the first Hispanic Chair of a Congressional Committee. This 
bill passed the House on September 27, 2006.
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         SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR EVERY PORT ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 4954


                          (Public Law 109-347)

    H.R. 4954, the Security and Accountability for Every Port 
Act of 2006 (SAFE Port Act) includes a number of measures 
within the Committee's jurisdiction. The bill includes the 
Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act of 2005 (WARN Act), 
which gives the Federal Communications Commission the tools it 
needs to encourage wireless communications providers to 
participate in the Emergency Alert System. This is a critical 
step toward strengthening and modernizing our Nation's 
emergency alert system. The SAFE Port Act also makes a number 
of improvements to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act. It provides for medical monitoring of 
emergency response providers by the Department of Health and 
Human Services. Additionally, the bill ensures that the 
Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and the 
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program are administered by 
the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This bill passed the 
House on May 4, 2006 and the conference report was approved by 
the House on September 30, 2006.
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                          ANDRES TORO BUILDING


                               H.R. 5026


                          (Public Law 109-348)

    H.R. 5026 designates the Investigations Building of the 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located at 466 Fernandez 
Juncos Avenue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the ``Andres Toro 
Building.'' Andres Toro was the Director of the Compliance 
Division of the FDA San Juan District Office. He joined the FDA 
in 1977, as an investigator in the San Juan District office and 
worked his way up the ranks to Director of the Compliance 
Division. He is the first and only Puerto Rican to have risen 
to this high government rank in the FDA without taking a 
position off the island. He received many awards along the way. 
Mr. Toro played a major role in some of the most unprecedented 
regulatory cases the FDA has initiated against the food and 
drug industry. He was known for his dedication and commitment 
in preserving and protecting public health. This bill passed 
the House on September 27, 2006.
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                THE WRIGHT AMENDMENT REFORM ACT OF 2006


                                S. 3661


                          (Public Law 109-352)

    This legislation lifts all domestic flight restrictions on 
scheduled commercial service at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, 
beginning eight years after the date of enactment. It currently 
maintains existing domestic flight restrictions at Love Field 
(i.e., direct flights out of Love Field are limited to the 
following states: Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, 
Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma), but 
allows through-ticketing from Love Field to cities outside the 
Wright Amendment's geographic area, while reducing the number 
of gates at Love Field from 32 to 20. The Act specifically 
clarifies that nothing in the legislation shall affect general 
aviation service at Love Field, and shall not take effect until 
the Federal Aviation Administration notifies Congress that 
aviation operations in the airspace are safe. S. 3661 was 
passed by both the House and the Senate on September 29, 2006.
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               LONG ISLAND SOUND STEWARDSHIP ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5160


                          (Public Law 109-359)

    H.R. 5160, the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act of 2006 
establishes the Long Island Sound Stewardship Initiative and 
Advisory Committee to identify, protect, and enhance sites in 
Connecticut and New York that are within the Long Island Sound 
region with significant ecological, educational, open space, 
public access, or recreational value; requires the Advisory 
Committee to identify areas with significant value as potential 
stewardship sites, and report on recommended sites and 
recommended grants for securing and improving sites. It directs 
the Environmental Protection Agency to review the Advisory 
Committee's recommendations, approve stewardship sites, award 
grants, and report annually on the Initiative.
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   TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO REAUTHORIZE A 
    PROGRAM RELATING TO THE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN, AND FOR OTHER 
                                PURPOSES


                               H.R. 6121


                          (Public Law 109-392)

    H.R. 6121 amends section 121 of the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act to reauthorize appropriations for the Environmental 
Protection Agency's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration 
Program in Louisiana and Mississippi. The purpose of the 
program is to restore the ecological health of the Basin by 
developing and funding restoration projects and related 
scientific and public education projects. On November 13, 2006, 
the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6121 by voice vote, 
and the Senate passed H.R. 6121 by unanimous consent on 
November 16, 2006. The bill was presented to the President on 
December 4, 2006.
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 FEDERAL AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT REAL PROPERTY ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 3699


                          (Public Law 109-396)

    H.R. 3699, as amended, authorizes the exchange of Federal 
land between the Department of Interior's National Park Service 
and the District of Columbia. Under a transfer of jurisdiction, 
the Federal government retains ownership of the property and 
the District is given authority to maintain and administer the 
property. Transferring this land allows the District to utilize 
the lands for development, to increase its tax base and 
decrease financial dependence on the Federal government. Many 
of the parcels in H.R. 3699 are underutilized or neglected and 
consequently the transfer would help the Federal government 
manage existing properties by reducing maintenance backlogs. 
These lands are not currently providing substantial value and 
their transfer to the District allows taxpayer dollars to be 
spent on maintaining more beneficial properties. This bill 
passed the House, as amended, on September 30, 2006, and passed 
the Senate on November 16, 2006.
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   AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008, THE AUTHORITY OF THE 
  SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-
   FEDERAL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS


                               H.R. 6316


                          (Public Law 109-434)

    H.R. 6316 provides a short-term extension through December 
31, 2008, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act (WRDA), H.R. 2864. H.R. 6316 was 
presented to the President on December 11, 2006.
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    NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5076


                          (Public Law 109-443)

    H.R. 5076 authorizes the appropriation of $81,594,000 for 
Fiscal Year 2007 and $92,625,000 for Fiscal Year 2008 to fund 
authorized activities of the National Transportation Safety 
Board (NTSB). These funding levels would support 410 Full Time 
Equivalent (FTE) staff in 2007 and 430 FTE in 2008.
    Section 2(a)(1) of the bill requires the NTSB to submit to 
Congress a list of accidents the Board was required to 
investigate, as well as a list of ongoing investigations 
exceeding the time allotted by Board order. This reporting 
requirement would not apply to accident types which the NTSB 
may voluntarily elect to investigate, but is not required to 
investigate, under current law, such as railroad grade-crossing 
or highway accidents.
    Section 2(a)(2) directs the NTSB to develop and implement a 
plan to achieve, to the maximum extent feasible, the self-
sufficient operation of the NTSB Academy. This facility has in 
the past consumed too large a portion of the Board's budget 
resources, to the detriment of its core accident investigation 
mission. This provision requires the NTSB to develop a plan to 
make better use of this facility and reduce the burden it 
imposes on the Board's budget.
    Section 2(b) improves oversight of the ``Most Wanted Safety 
Improvements'' by requiring the NTSB to comment on the 
Secretary of Transportation's annual report to Congress on the 
status of each recommendation that the Board has made to the 
Department of Transportation that remains on the Board's list 
of Most Wanted Safety Improvements. Similarly, section 7 of the 
bill requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 
report to Congress on why the FAA has not implemented the 
aviation recommendations in the NTSB's list of ``Most Wanted 
Transportation Safety Improvements, 2006.''
    Section 3 extends the expedited contracting procedures that 
were authorized for the NTSB in the 2003 reauthorization act. 
These procedures have proven beneficial in allowing the Board 
to award contracts quickly to obtain services to expedite 
accident investigations. The Act expands the disclosure and 
reporting requirements associated with this authority under 
current law to include all contracts regardless of the amount 
of funds involved.
    Under H.R. 5076, the Department of Transportation Inspector 
General's current authority under 49 United States Code 1137 to 
review the financial management, property management, and 
business operations of the NTSB, including internal accounting 
and administrative control systems, is unchanged. Section 4 of 
the bill clarifies how these functions of the Inspector General 
should be funded. Currently, the NTSB reimburses the Inspector 
General for the costs incurred by the Inspector General in 
carrying out 49 United States Code 1137. H.R. 5076 clarifies 
that an appropriation of funds directly to the Inspector 
General for these activities is preferable to a reimbursable 
agreement, but if such an appropriation is not available, then 
a reimbursable agreement should be used instead.
    Section 5 requires the Government Accountability Office 
(GAO) to evaluate and audit the programs and expenditures of 
the NTSB at least annually. This provision will provide greater 
oversight of the NTSB without risking any infringement on the 
Board's independence that could result from having the U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General perform 
this audit function. When the NTSB was first established in 
1967, it initially relied on DOT for funding and administrative 
support. In 1975, under the Independent Safety Board Act, all 
organizational ties to DOT were severed. The NTSB serves as an 
independent ``watchdog'' over the DOT, as well as State 
transportation agencies, recommending actions these agencies 
should take to improve safety. Therefore, maintaining NTSB's 
strict independence from DOT is critically important to NTSB's 
mission.
    Section 9(b) clarifies that NTSB has jurisdiction to 
investigate major marine casualties occurring on bodies of 
water such as Lake George, New York, by expanding NTSB's 
jurisdiction to include major marine accidents occurring ``on 
or under the navigable waters, internal waters, or the 
territorial sea of the United States.''
    Section 9(d) authorizes each member of the Board, rather 
than the Chairman, to select employees on his or her own 
personal staff.
    Section 9(f) directs the NTSB to develop and approve a 
process for the entire Board's review and comment or approval 
of budget and legislative documents submitted by the Board to 
the President, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 
or Congress.
    Section 9(g) requires the Board to maintain at least one 
full time employee in each State located more than 1,000 miles 
from the nearest Board regional office to provide initial 
investigative response to accidents in that State.
    Section 10 provides that, for a runway safety area project 
at Juneau International Airport, the Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) may only select as the preferred 
alternative the least expensive alternative, including life-
cycle costs, that otherwise meets FAA standards and that 
maintains the length of the runway as of the date of enactment 
of this legislation.
    Section 11 instructs the Inspector General of the United 
States Department of Transportation to conduct oversight of the 
reviews currently underway at the Federal Highway 
Administration and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the 
tragic July 10, 2006, fatal accident in the Central Artery 
tunnel project in Boston, Massachusetts. The section also 
instructs the Inspector General to investigate, in cooperation 
with the United States Attorney General and the Attorney 
General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, any criminal or 
fraudulent acts committed in the execution of the project.
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         MARINE DEBRIS RESEARCH, PREVENTION, AND REDUCTION ACT


                                 S. 362


                          (Public Law 109-449)

    S. 362, the Marine Debris Research, Prevention and 
Reduction Act, as passed in the House, would establish a marine 
debris prevention and removal program within the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), strengthen the 
Coast Guard's capabilities to improve and enforce compliance 
with laws and regulations regarding the disposal of plastics 
and other garbage from vessels, and reactivate the Interagency 
Marine Debris Coordinating Committee to coordinate marine 
debris research and activities throughout the Federal 
government.
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                         DAM SAFETY ACT OF 2006


                           S. 2735/H.R. 4981


                          (Public Law 109-460)

    S. 2735 and H.R. 4981, as amended, reauthorize the National 
Dam Safety Program for five years, through Fiscal Year 2011. 
The National Dam Safety Program, administered by FEMA, was 
established to improve safety and security around dams. The 
program provides assistance grants to state dam safety agencies 
to assist them in improving their regulatory programs, 
training, and research, and to create a National Inventory of 
Dams. H.R. 4981, as amended, passed the House on September 27, 
2006. S. 2735 passed the Senate on December 6, 2006, and passed 
the House on December 8, 2006.
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  PIPELINE INSPECTION, PROTECTION, ENFORCEMENT AND SAFETY ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5782


                          (Public Law 109-XXX)

    H.R. 5782 reauthorizes the Federal pipeline safety programs 
and amends title 49, United States Code, to enhance the safety 
and reliability of transporting the Nation's energy products by 
pipelines. This bill addresses enforcement of one-call laws, 
provides guidance to states on underground damage programs, 
requires a rule to be issued establishing a distribution 
integrity management program, and requires that standards be 
developed to reduce the risks in pipeline control rooms 
associated with human factors. The Act also directs the 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to 
develop regulations on the operation of low-stress hazardous 
liquid pipelines. H.R. 5782 also authorizes funding levels for 
the pipeline safety programs for Fiscal Year 2007 through 
Fiscal Year 2010. H.R. 5782 was ordered reported by the House 
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 19, 2006, 
and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 27, 
2006. H.R. 5782 was agreed to by the House on December 6, 2006, 
and the Senate on December 7, 2006.
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        THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT DISABILITY EARNINGS ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5483


                          (Public Law 109-XXX)

    Under current law, the Railroad Retirement Board pays 
disabled railroad workers a stipend averaging $1911 per month. 
Disabled workers may earn additional outside income, but not 
more than $400 per month.
    H.R. 5483 permanently amends the Railroad Retirement Act to 
increase the amount of permissible outside earnings. The bill 
raises the earnings limit from $400 to $700 per month effective 
January 1, 2007, and enacts an indexing formula to provide for 
automatic increases in the future. The cost estimate from the 
Congressional Budget Office is less than $500,000 per year.

                 COMMITTEE VIEWS AND ESTIMATES REPORTS

    Pursuant to section 301(d) of the Congressional Budget Act, 
the Committee submitted its Views and Estimates Reports to the 
Committee on the Budget for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 on 
February 16, 2005, and February 22, 2006, respectively.
    These reports, intended to provide the Budget Committee 
with an early and comprehensive indication of Committee 
legislation plans for the next fiscal year, contained the views 
and estimates of new budget authority and outlays to be 
authorized in legislation under the Committee's jurisdiction 
which would be effective during the next fiscal year.
         SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

                   Public Laws and Other Legislation

  SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A 
                            LEGACY FOR USERS

                                 H.R. 3

                   Section 4405 of Public Law 109-59

          Limited Exception From Type Certificate Requirement

    This aviation provision was included as section 4405 of the 
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity 
Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA: LU). Section 4405 provides a 
narrow exception to the requirement that aircraft builders 
obtain the permission of the type certificate holder before 
building an aircraft using the type certificate holder's 
design. Under section 4405, aircraft that were already in the 
process of being built prior to the date on which Federal 
Aviation Administration field offices were informed of this 
requirement may continue to be certificated without the 
permission of the type certificate holder, if certain 
conditions are met.
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                    THE DEFICIT CONTROL ACT OF 2005

   Section 3012 of Public Law 109-171--Essential Air Service Program

                                S. 1932

                          (Public Law 109-171)

    Section 3012 of S. 1932 (The Deficit Control Act of 2005) 
provides an additional $15 million in each of Fiscal Years 2007 
and 2008 for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The 
additional $15 million is contingent upon at least $110 million 
being provided for EAS from current sources (appropriated funds 
and overflight fees for example). Together with base funding of 
at least $110 million, the additional $15 million will increase 
EAS funding to at least $125 million in Fiscal Years 2007 and 
2008.
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                THE WRIGHT AMENDMENT REFORM ACT OF 2006

                                S. 3661

                          (Public Law 109-352)

    This legislation lifts all domestic flight restrictions on 
scheduled commercial service at Love Field, beginning eight 
years after the date of enactment. It currently maintains 
existing domestic flight restrictions at Love Field (direct 
flights out of Love Field are limited to the following states: 
Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, New 
Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma), but allows through-ticketing 
from Love Field to cities outside the Wright Amendment's 
geographic area, while reducing the number of gates at Love 
Field from 32 to 20. The Act specifically clarifies that 
nothing in the legislation shall affect general aviation 
service at Love Field, and shall not take effect until the 
Federal Aviation Administration notifies Congress that aviation 
operations in the airspace are safe. S. 3661 was passed by both 
the House and the Senate on September 29, 2006 and was signed 
into law on October 13, 2006. It became Public Law 109-352.
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    NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5076

                          (Public Law 109-443)

    H.R. 5076 authorizes the appropriation of $81,594,000 for 
Fiscal Year 2007 and $92,625,000 for Fiscal Year 2008 to fund 
authorized activities of the National Transportation Safety 
Board (NTSB). These funding levels would support 410 Full Time 
Equivalent (FTE) staff in 2007 and 430 FTE in 2008.
    Section 2(a)(1) of the bill requires the NTSB to submit to 
Congress a list of accidents the Board was required to 
investigate, as well as a list of ongoing investigations 
exceeding the time allotted by Board order. This reporting 
requirement would not apply to accident types which the NTSB 
may voluntarily elect to investigate, but is not required to 
investigate, under current law, such as railroad grade-crossing 
or highway accidents.
    Section 2(a)(2) directs the NTSB to develop and implement a 
plan to achieve, to the maximum extent feasible, the self-
sufficient operation of the NTSB Academy. This facility has in 
the past consumed too large a portion of the Board's budget 
resources, to the detriment of its core accident investigation 
mission. This provision requires the NTSB to develop a plan to 
make better use of this facility and reduce the burden it 
imposes on the Board's budget.
    Section 2(b) improves oversight of the ``Most Wanted Safety 
Improvements'' by requiring the NTSB to comment on the 
Secretary of Transportation's annual report to Congress on the 
status of each recommendation that the Board has made to the 
Department of Transportation that remains on the Board's list 
of Most Wanted Safety Improvements. Similarly, section 7 of the 
bill requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 
report to Congress on why the FAA has not implemented the 
aviation recommendations in the NTSB's list of ``Most Wanted 
Transportation Safety Improvements, 2006.''
    Section 3 extends the expedited contracting procedures that 
were authorized for the NTSB in the 2003 reauthorization act. 
These procedures have proven beneficial in allowing the Board 
to award contracts quickly to obtain services to expedite 
accident investigations. The Act expands the disclosure and 
reporting requirements associated with this authority under 
current law to include all contracts regardless of the amount 
of funds involved.
    Under H.R. 5076, the Department of Transportation Inspector 
General's current authority under 49 United States Code 1137 to 
review the financial management, property management, and 
business operations of the NTSB, including internal accounting 
and administrative control systems, is unchanged. Section 4 of 
the bill clarifies how these functions of the Inspector General 
should be funded. Currently, the NTSB reimburses the Inspector 
General for the costs incurred by the Inspector General in 
carrying out 49 United States Code 1137. H.R. 5076 clarifies 
that an appropriation of funds directly to the Inspector 
General for these activities is preferable to a reimbursable 
agreement, but if such an appropriation is not available, then 
a reimbursable agreement should be used instead.
    Section 5 requires the Government Accountability Office 
(GAO) to evaluate and audit the programs and expenditures of 
the NTSB at least annually. This provision will provide greater 
oversight of the NTSB without risking any infringement on the 
Board's independence that could result from having the U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General perform 
this audit function. When the NTSB was first established in 
1967, it initially relied on DOT for funding and administrative 
support. In 1975, under the Independent Safety Board Act, all 
organizational ties to DOT were severed. The NTSB serves as an 
independent ``watchdog'' over the DOT, as well as State 
transportation agencies, recommending actions these agencies 
should take to improve safety. Therefore, maintaining NTSB's 
strict independence from DOT is critically important to NTSB's 
mission.
    Section 9(b) clarifies that NTSB has jurisdiction to 
investigate major marine casualties occurring on bodies of 
water such as Lake George, New York, by expanding NTSB's 
jurisdiction to include major marine accidents occurring ``on 
or under the navigable waters, internal waters, or the 
territorial sea of the United States.''
    Section 9(d) authorizes each member of the Board, rather 
than the Chairman, to select employees on his or her own 
personal staff.
    Section 9(f) directs the NTSB to develop and approve a 
process for the entire Board's review and comment or approval 
of budget and legislative documents submitted by the Board to 
the President, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 
or Congress.
    Section 9(g) requires the Board to maintain at least one 
full time employee in each State located more than 1,000 miles 
from the nearest Board regional office to provide initial 
investigative response to accidents in that State.
    Section 10 provides that, for a runway safety area project 
at Juneau International Airport, the Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) may only select as the preferred 
alternative the least expensive alternative, including life-
cycle costs, that otherwise meets FAA standards and that 
maintains the length of the runway as of the date of enactment 
of this legislation.
    Section 11 instructs the Inspector General of the United 
States Department of Transportation to conduct oversight of the 
reviews currently underway at the Federal Highway 
Administration and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the 
tragic July 10, 2006 fatal accident in the Central Artery 
tunnel project in Boston, Massachusetts. The section also 
instructs the Inspector General to investigate, in cooperation 
with the United States Attorney General and the Attorney 
General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, any criminal or 
fraudulent acts committed in the execution of the project.
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                  FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICER PROGRAM


                            H. Con. Res. 196

    This resolution honors the pilots of United States 
commercial air carriers who volunteer to participate in the 
highly successful Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program. 
The House approved this resolution on December 12, 2005, by a 
roll call vote of 413-2 and the Senate subsequently approved 
the resolution by unanimous consent.
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               LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR AIRPORT OPERATORS


                    Section 547 of Public Law 109-90


                               H.R. 2360

    This aviation provision was included in the Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006. 
Section 547 provides all airports, those with Federal Screeners 
and those choosing to participate in the Federal Screening 
Partnership Program (SPP), with liability protection. 
Specifically, the amendment provides all airports protection 
from liability for the decision to file or not file an 
application with the Transportation Security Administration 
(TSA) to participate in the Federal SPP; and protections from 
liability arising out of negligent acts of security screeners, 
whether Federal employees or the employees of Federally-
qualified SPP screening companies acting under a contract with 
the TSA. The provision does not grant airports liability 
protection for their own acts of negligence.
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EXPRESSING CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND LOVED ONES OF THE 
               VICTIMS OF THE CRASH OF COMAIR FLIGHT 5191


                              H. Res. 980

    This Resolution remembers and honors the victims of the 
crash of Comair Flight 5191. It also extends deep sympathy and 
condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the 
victims. The House agreed to the resolution under suspension of 
the rules on September 6, 2006.

                                Hearings

    On February 9, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, Commercial Space Transportation: Beyond the X Prize. 
The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the status and 
future of the United States commercial space transportation 
industry and the role of the Federal Aviation Administration in 
providing safety oversight of the industry.
    On March 15, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Lasers: A Hazard to Aviation Safety and Security? The purpose 
of this hearing was to examine the potential safety and 
security implications of visible lasers to civil aircraft.
    On April 6, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Efforts to Prevent Pandemic by Air Travel. The purpose of this 
hearing was to receive testimony on efforts to prevent the 
spread of disease by air travel.
    On April 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Transforming the Federal Aviation Administration: A Review of 
the Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Planning and 
Development Office. The purpose of this hearing was to review 
progress and challenges facing the Federal Aviation 
Administration Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Planning 
and Development Office.
    On April 20, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Air Traffic Management by Foreign Countries. The purpose of 
this hearing was to review and obtain perspectives on the 
governance, organizational structure, modernization efforts, 
and system funding of commercialized international air traffic 
control providers.
    On May 4, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Financial Condition of the Aviation Trust Fund: Are Reforms 
needed? The purpose of this hearing was to assess the financial 
condition of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (commonly known 
as the Aviation Trust Fund), and discuss possible alternative 
mechanisms for financing the future needs of the aviation 
system.
    On May 25, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
The U.S. Jet Transport Industry: Global Market Factors 
affecting Producers (Boeing-Airbus Trade Case). The purpose of 
this hearing was to receive testimony on competition, 
regulation, and global market factors affecting United States 
aircraft manufacturers.
    On June 22, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Airline Pensions: Avoiding Further Collapse. The purpose of 
this hearing was to examine the current status of airline 
pension plans, the impact of the termination of United and US 
Airways' plans, and how further terminations may be avoided.
    On July 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Cell Phones on Aircraft: Nuisance or Necessity? The purpose of 
this hearing was to examine the public safety, national 
security, and social implications of the Federal Communication 
Commission's proposed rule that reverses long-standing 
regulations on the use of cellular telephones and similar 
wireless communications devices onboard aircraft during flight.
    On September 28, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, Current Outlook and Future of U.S. Commercial Airline 
Industry. The purpose of this hearing was to examine the 
current situation of the United States commercial airline 
industry, the impact of recent bankruptcies and increased fuel 
prices, and the outlook for the industry's future.
    On February 8, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement: With a focus on the 
Department of Transportation's NPRM regarding `actual control' 
of U.S. air carriers. The purpose of this hearing was to 
receive testimony on the tentative Open Skies agreement reached 
between the United States and the European Union as well as the 
Department of Transportation's recent Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking on `actual control' of United States carriers.
    On February 15, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, Commercial Jet Fuel Supply: Impact and Cost on the 
Airline Industry. The purpose of this hearing was to examine 
the impact and cost of commercial jet fuel on the United States 
airline industry including: (1) how commercial jet fuel is 
produced, transported and priced; (2) steps airlines have taken 
to increase fuel efficiency in the wake of rising fuel costs; 
(3) the effect of certain air traffic control modernization 
programs on airline fuel efficiency; (4) the impact of new 
aircraft manufacturing technologies on fuel efficiency; and (5) 
what actions, if any, the Federal Government can take to help 
the struggling United States airline industry cope with higher 
jet fuel costs.
    On March 8, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board. 
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is charged with 
investigating civil aviation accidents and significant 
transportation accidents in the surface modes--railroad, 
highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable 
cause of all civil aviation accidents and significant surface 
transportation accidents, conducts safety studies, and 
evaluates the effectiveness of other government agencies' 
programs for preventing transportation accidents.
    On March 20, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing in 
Corona, California, titled, Meeting Future Aviation Capacity 
Needs in Southern California. This field hearing was held to 
discuss future aviation capacity needs in Southern California 
and possible regional solutions.
    On March 22, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing in 
Wichita, Kansas, titled, Keeping Aviation Manufacturing 
Competitive. The purpose of this hearing was to review issues 
important to keeping the United States aviation manufacturing 
industry competitive in the global marketplace.
    On March 29, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) and the National Airspace 
System. The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the use of 
UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Systems in the National Airspace System 
(NAS) and the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration 
to provide safety oversight and air traffic control over these 
systems in the NAS.
    On May 3, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Mishandled Baggage: Problems and Solutions. The purpose of this 
hearing was to examine issues related to lost, delayed, 
damaged, or pilfered baggage, and to explore potential 
solutions to those problems.
    On June 21, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Air Traffic Control Modernization. The purpose of this hearing 
was to review progress and challenges facing the Federal 
Aviation Administration and the Joint Program Development 
Office in modernizing the National Airspace System (NAS) to 
meet projected increases in traffic volumes, enhance the 
system's margin of safety, and increase the efficiency of the 
air traffic control system, the principal component of the NAS.
    On June 29, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Airline Passenger Baggage Screening: Technology and Airport 
Deployment Update. The Subcommittee received testimony from the 
Transportation Security Administration, Government 
Accountability Office, airport representatives, and explosive 
detection system (EDS) manufacturers concerning the financing 
and deployment of integrated in-line EDS systems for screening 
checked baggage. The hearing also reviewed the Reveal EDS 
Machine pilot program at Newark Liberty International Airport.
    On July 12, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing titled, 
Reforming the Wright Amendment. The purpose of this hearing was 
to examine the agreement reached on reforming the Wright 
Amendment and its economic, regional, and national impacts on 
the United States aviation system.
    On September 20, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, Oversight of Federal Aviation Administration Safety 
Programs. The purpose of this hearing was to review the Federal 
Aviation Administration's safety programs.
    On September 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
titled, Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing 
Options. The purpose of this hearing was to examine options for 
financing the Federal Aviation Administration, and more 
specifically, the Next Generation Air Transportation System, 
which is expected to be a major issue in next year's 
reauthorization of aviation programs.
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME 
                             TRANSPORTATION

    During the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Congressman Frank A. 
LoBiondo with Congressman Bob Filner serving as the Ranking 
Democratic Member, developed major legislation regarding the 
United States Coast Guard and maritime security. The Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Public Law 109-
241, the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) 
Act, Public Law 109-347, the Sportfishing and Recreational 
Boating Safety Act of 2005, Public Law 109-59, the Sportfishing 
and Recreational Boating Safety Amendments Act of 2005, Public 
Law 109-74, and the Coast Guard Hurricane Relief Act of 2005, 
Public Law 109-141, were enacted during the 109th Congress and 
incorporated a number of bills that were developed and 
considered by the Subcommittee.

                          Enacted Legislation

        SPORTFISHING AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY ACT OF 2005

     Subtitle A of Title X of Public Law 109-59--Sportfishing and 
                 Recreational Boating Safety Amendments

                                 H.R. 3

                          (Public Law 109-59)

    This law made several amendments to create a simpler and 
more equitable formula for Federal sportfishing restoration and 
recreational boating safety funding. The law established the 
Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Trust Fund and 
provided for the spend-out of more than $90 million in the 
Boating Safety Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund to 
support State programs in future Fiscal Years.
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  SPORTFISHING AND RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 3649

                          (Public Law 109-74)

    This law made several technical and conforming amendments 
to the Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2005 
(Public Law 109-59) and provided funding for State sportfish 
conservation and recreational boating safety programs in Fiscal 
Year 2005.
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                COAST GUARD HURRICANE RELIEF ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 4508

                          (Public Law 109-141)

    The legislation addresses several issues that have arisen 
due to the recent events in the Gulf Coast as a result of 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. H.R. 4508 recognizes and commends 
the heroic actions of the Coast Guard in response to Hurricane 
Katrina and preserves up to 90 days of accumulated leave that 
would otherwise be lost at the end of this calendar year for 
Coast Guardsmen who were detailed to operations in response to 
Hurricane Katrina. The legislation also authorizes the Coast 
Guard to temporarily extend the expiration of licenses and 
documents for mariners that were affected by Hurricane Katrina 
and certificates of inspection and compliance for vessels that 
are inspected by marine safety offices that are located in the 
impacted region.
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          COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 2006

                                H.R. 889

                          (Public Law 109-241)

    This legislation authorizes appropriations for the Coast 
Guard for Fiscal Year 2006, to make technical corrections to 
various laws administered by the Coast Guard, and for other 
purposes. The law also amends existing statutes to improve 
management of Coast Guard activities, navigation, and 
commercial shipping. The law also commends the Coast Guard for 
the service's heroic efforts in response to Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita earlier this year, amends current law to improve 
vessel safety procedures aboard United States ferries, and 
directs the Coast Guard to establish a long-range vessel 
tracking system to improve maritime domain awareness in 
offshore waters.
    The law also includes several provisions that were included 
in H.R. 1412, the Delaware River Protection Act of 2005, as 
passed in the House.
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         MARINE DEBRIS RESEARCH, PREVENTION, AND REDUCTION ACT

                                 S. 362

                          (Public Law 109-449)

    S. 362, the Marine Debris Research, Prevention and 
Reduction Act, as passed in the House, would establish a marine 
debris prevention and removal program within the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), strengthen the 
Coast Guard's capabilities to improve and enforce compliance 
with laws and regulations regarding the disposal of plastics 
and other garbage from vessels, and reactivate the Interagency 
Marine Debris Coordinating Committee to coordinate marine 
debris research and activities throughout the Federal 
government.

                           Other Legislation

                 COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5681

                 Passed the House on September 28, 2006

    The bill authorizes approximately $9.0 billion for Coast 
Guard programs and operations in Fiscal Year 2007, including 
approximately $1.7 billion for the Coast Guard's Deepwater 
program which would accelerate the program's completion from 
the current projected timeline. The bill makes several 
amendments to current statutes related to the activities of the 
Coast Guard, navigation and commercial shipping. The bill also 
includes a provision that would establish a civil penalty for 
individuals who possess personal use quantities of narcotics at 
maritime facilities or aboard vessels subject to the 
jurisdiction of the United States.
    The bill, as passed in the House, also includes H.R. 5811, 
the MARPOL Annex VI Implementation Act of 2006, as reported 
from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

                 DELAWARE RIVER PROTECTION ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 1412


                  Passed by the House on June 27, 2005


(Enacted into Law as Title 6 of Public Law 109-241, the Coast Guard and 
                  Maritime Transportation Act of 2006)

    H.R. 1412 addresses several issues that were raised by an 
oil spill in the Delaware River in November 2004. The 
legislation amends the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to adjust oil 
spill liability limits to reflect increases in inflation since 
1990. The legislation requires individuals to report to the 
Coast Guard any release of an object from a vessel or a 
facility that could obstruct navigation in United States 
waters. The legislation also includes several provisions to 
improve future oil spill response actions in the Delaware River 
and nationwide.

               MARPOL ANNEX VI IMPLEMENTATION ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5811


               Reported by the Committee on July 19, 2006


Passed the House as Title 5 of H.R. 5681, the Coast Guard Authorization 
                              Act of 2006

    H. R. 5811, the MARPOL Annex VI Implementation Act of 2006, 
would implement requirements under MARPOL Annex VI for purposes 
of United States law. The bill would require all vessels 
operating within the territorial sea (the belt of the oceans 
extending out to a distance of 12 miles from shore) and in 
special emission control areas to comply with air emission 
regulations. The regulations would require engines that are 
installed on covered vessels to meet standards under Annex VI 
regarding NOx, SOx, and other organic compounds. The 
regulations would also require ports and terminals to comply 
with requirements to provide receptacles or access to reception 
facilities where ozone depleting substances and other materials 
can be disposed of.

          MARITIME TERMINAL SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 4880


         Reported Favorably to the House on September 29, 2006


     (Enacted into Law as Part of P.L. 109-347, the SAFE Ports Act)

    The bill makes several amendments to current law to improve 
the security of ports and port terminal facilities. The bill 
would require a port terminal facility operator to resubmit a 
facility security plan for the Coast Guard's approval upon the 
transfer of ownership or operational control of that facility. 
The bill also requires each operator of a port terminal 
facility to designate a United States citizen as the Facility 
Security Officer under a facility security plan. Lastly, the 
bill establishes several deadlines for maritime security 
programs required under the Maritime Transportation Security 
Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-295).

                                Hearings

    During the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation chaired by Congressman Frank A. 
LoBiondo, with Congressman Bob Filner serving as Ranking 
Democratic Member, held 19 hearings.

        OVERSIGHT FIELD HEARING ON THE DELAWARE RIVER OIL SPILL

    On January 18, 2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
field hearing on the Delaware River oil spill to review the 
circumstances that led to a discharge of oil from the M/V ATHOS 
I into waters of the Delaware River on November 26, 2004, and 
the response to the discharge by the vessel owner, and Federal 
and State agencies. The Subcommittee examined the response of 
Federal and State agencies to the spill and whether these 
agencies had all assets necessary to minimize the environmental 
and economic damages from this incident.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Sally 
Brice-O'Hara, Commander, Fifth District, United States Coast 
Guard, and was accompanied by Captain Jonathan D. Sarubbi, 
Captain of the port of Philadelphia; Lieutenant Colonel Robert 
J. Ruch, Commander, Philadelphia District, United States Army 
Corps of Engineers; Mr. Bradley Campbell, Commissioner, New 
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Ms. Kathleen 
McGinty, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental 
Protection; Mr. Dennis Rochford, President, Maritime Exchange 
for the Delaware River and Bay; and Mr. Eric P. Stiles, Vice 
President for Conservation and Stewardship, New Jersey Audubon 
Society.

  FISCAL YEAR 2006 BUDGET FOR COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION 
PROGRAMS, AND H.R. 889, THE COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT 
                                OF 2005

    On March 3, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
Fiscal Year 2006 budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation programs, and H.R. 889, the Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Act of 2005. The purpose of the hearing 
was to consider the Administration's Fiscal Year 2006 budget 
requests for the United States Coast Guard, Department of 
Homeland Security port and container security programs, the 
Federal Maritime Commission, and other maritime transportation 
programs.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Admiral Thomas H. 
Collins, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Master Chief 
Franklin A. Welch, Master Chief Petty Officer, United States 
Coast Guard; the Honorable Steven R. Blust, Chairman, Federal 
Maritime Commission, and Mr. Joseph Moravec, Commissioner of 
Public Building Service, United States General Services 
Administration.

             OVERSIGHT HEARING ON DEEPWATER IMPLEMENTATION

    On April 20, 2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on Deepwater Implementation. The Subcommittee reviewed 
the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System program 
(Deepwater) and Revised Deepwater Implementation Plan.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Admiral Thomas A. 
Collins, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, who was 
accompanied by Rear Admiral Patrick M. Stillman, Program 
Executive Officer, Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System; and 
Ms. Margaret T. Wrightson, Director, Homeland Security and 
Justice Issues, United States Government Accountability Office.
    On March 25, 2005, the Coast Guard submitted a Revised 
Deepwater Implementation Plan that proposed an amended baseline 
and a modified acquisition schedule for the Deepwater program. 
Under the revised plan, the total cost of the Deepwater program 
would increase to an estimated total of $19-24 billion (in 2002 
dollars) from the previous funding level of $15 billion. The 
revised plan also included a modified acquisition schedule that 
would require funding over a 20-25-year period (completion in 
2021-2026), up from the original 20-year schedule. The modified 
acquisitions schedule included detailed delivery information 
for Fiscal Years 2006-2011; however no information is included 
for the schedule or order of delivery for deepwater assets 
beyond this period.
    The revised plan made a number of changes to the 
specifications of the assets that are to be procured under the 
Deepwater program. Under the revised plan, the Coast Guard will 
fit the Fast Response Cutter (FRC), which will replace the 110-
foot cutter fleet, with a composite hull that is designed to 
double the operational life of the vessel. Additionally, the 
FRC and the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) will be modified to 
enhance response and reaction capability by increasing the 
operational speed of these vessels. The revised plan also calls 
for the accelerated delivery of certain assets including the 
FRC and the OPC.
    The revised plan also calls for major changes to the 
aviation assets that will be part of the Deepwater program. 
Under the revised plan, the Coast Guard will retain and 
renovate the Service's fleet of HH-60J helicopters instead of 
acquiring the smaller AB-139 that was selected under the 
original Deepwater plan. The Coast Guard will also retain 16 
upgraded and renovated HC-130H long-range search aircraft.
    The revised Deepwater plan suggested that the Coast Guard 
may procure a fewer number of each individual asset due to the 
enhanced capabilities that would be added to each platform.
    As part of the original Deepwater program, the Coast Guard 
included funding to sustain legacy assets until the time when 
those assets were scheduled to be replaced with assets that 
were acquired under the program. However, the Coast Guard has 
suffered a rapid deterioration of legacy assets in recent 
years. As a result, funding for the Deepwater program has been 
diverted from the already slowed asset replacement schedule to 
maintain these increasing numbers of failing legacy assets. 
This funding diversion, coupled with shortfalls in appropriated 
funding levels and increasing maritime homeland security 
operations, has accelerated the impacts of this downward 
spiral, increased costs to sustain the old assets, and reduced 
funds available for new assets.
    The aging inventory of patrol boats, aircraft, helicopters, 
cutters, and systems has generated growing concerns over the 
Coast Guard's ability to effectively and safely perform all of 
its assigned missions. The Coast Guard's fleet of 110-foot 
Patrol Boats have suffered numerous hull breaches that have 
required the vessels to undergo emergency repairs while in dry 
dock. The Service's fleet of High and Medium Endurance Cutters 
routinely miss operations due to failing sub-systems, and 
instances of in-flight engine power failures aboard HH-65 
helicopters are increasing at an alarming and dangerous rate. 
The Coast Guard has described a declining spiral phenomenon 
that has resulted in deferred modernization of aging assets, 
reduced readiness, rising maintenance needs, and increased 
total ownership costs. Recapitalization funds are spent keeping 
old assets operating, which only defers modernization starting 
the cycle all over again.

                     COAST GUARD AMENDMENTS OF 2005

    On May 12, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
consider a committee print of the Coast Guard Amendments of 
2005. This draft legislation was later incorporated into H.R. 
889. The draft legislation proposes to make several amendments 
to laws relating to the Coast Guard and maritime 
transportation.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Mr. Calvin Lederer, 
Deputy Judge Advocate General, United States Coast Guard.
    The majority of provisions that were included in the draft 
bill were included in the Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2006 which became law in 2006.

                      COAST GUARD LAW ENFORCEMENT

    On June 15, 2005, the Coast Guard held a hearing to review 
the Coast Guard's maritime law enforcement missions.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral R. 
Dennis Sirois, Assistant Commandant for Operations, United 
States Coast Guard.
    Title 14, United States Code, provides the Coast Guard with 
broad authorities to ``enforce or assist in the enforcement of 
all applicable laws on, under and over the high seas and waters 
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.'' Under these 
authorities, the Coast Guard carries out missions to interdict 
illegal drugs and alien migrants in United States waters and on 
the high seas, and to enforce domestic fisheries laws and 
international fishing agreements in the United States Exclusive 
Economic Zone. The Coast Guard is also responsible for 
enforcing compliance with port security and vessel security 
regulations that were established following the enactment of 
the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

             OVERSIGHT HEARING ON DEEPWATER IMPLEMENTATION

    On June 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
continue oversight over the Coast Guard's integrated Deepwater 
System program (Deepwater) and reviewed the revised 
implementation program that was submitted with the Service's 
Capital Investment Plan, Fiscal Year 2006.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Vice Admiral Thad W. 
Allen, Chief of Staff, United States Coast Guard, and was 
accompanied by Mr. Gregory L. Giddens, Deputy Program Executive 
Officer for the Integrated Deepwater System, United States 
Coast Guard.
    On March 25, 2005, the Coast Guard submitted the Revised 
Deepwater Implementation Plan that proposed an amended baseline 
and a modified acquisition schedule for the Deepwater program. 
Under the revised plan, the total cost of the Deepwater program 
would increase to an estimated total of $19-24 billion (in 2002 
dollars) from the previous funding level of $15 billion. The 
revised plan also includes a modified acquisition schedule that 
would require funding over a 20-25-year period (completion in 
2021-2026), up from the original 20-year schedule. The modified 
acquisitions schedule includes detailed delivery information 
for Fiscal Years 2006-2011; however no information is included 
for the schedule or order of delivery for Deepwater assets 
beyond this period.
    On May 31, 2005, as a result of a Congressional mandate, 
the Coast Guard submitted a Capital Investment Plan that 
included a complete funding projection and acquisition schedule 
for the Deepwater program beyond the first five Fiscal Years 
that were submitted as part of the Revised Deepwater 
Implementation Plan in March. The Capital Investment Plan 
retains the range of project costs (between $19-24 billion) and 
completion dates (between Fiscal Years 2021-2026) that were 
originally outlined in the revised plan.
    However, the Capital Investment Plan also provides detailed 
information on the delivery schedule of individual assets under 
two alternative funding streams: a Capital Investment Plan 
funding stream (CIP) and a CIP Plus funding stream. The CIP 
funding stream assumes that all new acquisitions and legacy 
asset sustainment and upgrades would be funded with amounts 
from the Deepwater account. Whereas, the CIP Plus funding 
stream would fund only new acquisitions with funding from the 
Deepwater account and would require that funding for legacy 
asset sustainment and upgrade projects for the Fiscal Years 
2006-2010 be reallocated from other programs within the 
Department of Homeland Security (approximately $214 million in 
funding per Fiscal Year in addition to funding under CIP).
    The CIP funding stream represents the amounts that are 
proposed under the Department of Homeland Security's Future 
Year Homeland Security Plan FY06-10. This plan proposes level 
funding for the Deepwater program at an amount of $752 million 
in 2007 dollars per Fiscal Year (to be adjusted for inflation). 
These amounts do not include additional funding for enhanced 
legacy sustainment and upgrade efforts in any Fiscal Year 
similar to the funding that was included in the 
Administration's Fiscal Year 2006 request (approximately $214 
million). The Administration's Fiscal Year 2006 budget request 
of $966 million is representative of the funding level that 
would be requested under the CIP Plus option.

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MARITIME TRANSPORTATION 
                              SECURITY ACT

    On June 29, 2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the implementation of maritime transportation 
security measures required by the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-295) and the Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-293).
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Craig E. 
Bone, Director of Port Security, United States Coast Guard, and 
Mr. Robert Jacksta, Executive Director of Border Security and 
Facilitation, Office of Field Operations, United States Customs 
and Border Protection.
    The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) 
contains several provisions intended to protect America's 
maritime community against the threat of terrorism without 
adversely affecting the flow of United States commerce through 
our ports. Following September 11th, the United States Coast 
Guard was designated as the lead Federal agency for maritime 
homeland security. The Coast Guard's homeland security mission 
is to protect the United States maritime domain and the United 
States Marine Transportation System and deny their use and 
exploitation by terrorists as a means for attacks on United 
States territory, population, and critical infrastructure.
    On July 1, 2004, federal regulations went into force, 
implementing many of the maritime transportation security 
measures that were mandated by the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). These regulations required each of 
America's 361 marine and freshwater ports to implement detailed 
security plans that had previously been approved by the Coast 
Guard. Additionally, all United States vessels and facilities 
were required to put similar security measures into action.
    The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 
included a number of amendments to the MTSA to enhance the 
security of the maritime transportation sector. These Acts 
created the framework for a national maritime security system 
and required Federal agencies, ports, and vessel owners to take 
numerous steps to upgrade security.

    S. 362--THE MARINE DEBRIS RESEARCH, PREVENTION AND REDUCTION ACT

    On September 29, 2005, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation and the Committee on Resources 
Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans held a joint legislative 
hearing on S. 362, the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and 
Reduction Act. The Committee considered the bill, as passed in 
the Senate, and several other issues related to marine debris 
in United States waters.
    The Subcommittees heard testimony from Rear Admiral Thomas 
H. Gilmour, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security 
and Environmental Protection, United States Coast Guard; Mr. 
Timothy R.E. Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for 
Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, United States Department of Commerce; Mr. Kurt 
J. Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port 
Authorities; Mr. Joseph J. Cox, President, Chamber of Shipping 
of America; Mr. David Benton, Executive Director, Marine 
Conservation Alliance; Ms. Monita W. Fontaine, Esq., National 
Marine Manufacturers Association, and Dr. Jennifer Samson, 
Principal Scientist, Clean Ocean Action.
    ``Marine debris'' refers to the trash or litter that floats 
around the world's oceans or washes up on beaches. Marine 
debris comes from a variety of sources on land and at sea; 
however, 80 percent of marine debris comes from land-based 
sources, including cigarette filters, food wrappers, caps and 
lids. The remaining 20 percent comes from ocean-based 
activities, including lost or abandoned fishing gear, galley 
waste, and trash from ships and offshore oil and gas 
facilities.
    The pervasiveness of marine debris and its potential 
adverse effect on marine organisms, ocean habitats, and human 
health and safety is of major concern. The lifespan of marine 
debris ranges from two weeks (for some paper products) to 450 
years (in the case of plastics). Each year, marine mammals, sea 
turtles, fish and seabirds become entangled in marine debris or 
ingest plastics, causing serious health problems and 
fatalities.
    Effects of both land-based sources and ocean-based sources 
can have negative impacts on living marine organisms. One 
example of the problem involves plastic bags floating in the 
ocean. Plastic bags may resemble jellyfish to sea turtles. 
Ingesting plastics can cause life threatening blockages in the 
animal's digestive tract. With a number of marine turtle 
species listed as either threatened or endangered under the 
Endangered Species Act, the threat of marine debris is of 
particular concern for the health of these animals. Studies 
have also found that lost fishing gear poses significant 
entanglement threats to many marine organisms, including fish, 
crabs, birds and marine mammals. Marine debris also has serious 
consequences for humans. Broken glass and medical waste on 
beaches, as well as ropes and lost fishing gear can pose 
serious threats to beachgoers, boaters and divers. Human health 
concerns, due to medical waste debris on beaches, have led to 
beach closures causing additional economic harm to coastal 
communities.
    There are a number of initiatives to reduce and prevent 
marine debris. Internationally, controls for at-sea dumping of 
garbage generated on land were enacted in 1972, through the 
Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of 
Wastes and Other Matter (referred to as the London Convention). 
Additional attention was given to marine debris when a 1978 
protocol was added to the 1973 International Convention for the 
Prevention of Pollution by Ships (MARPOL Convention) to prevent 
at-sea disposal of garbage generated during routine ship 
operations. Annex V of the MARPOL Convention prohibits all 
overboard disposal of plastics and limits other discharges 
based on the material and the vessel's location and distance 
from shore.
    National initiatives that affect United States waters out 
to 200 miles and the actions taken by United States citizens 
onboard ships include: The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 
which implements Annex V of MARPOL, by prohibiting the disposal 
of garbage within 3 nautical miles of the coast; the Marine 
Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act; the Driftnet Impact 
Monitoring, Assessment and Control Act; the Clean Water Act; 
Title 1 of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries 
(referred to as the Ocean Dumping Act); the Beaches 
Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act; and the 
Coastal Shore Act. In addition, coastal and Great Lakes states, 
and territories have also instituted laws and entered into 
public-private initiatives to reduce and prevent marine debris.

 OVERSIGHT FIELD HEARING ON THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR MARITIME SECURITY

    On January 24, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to review the National Strategy for Maritime Security, 
including eight supporting implementation plans that have been 
subsequently released, and to continue oversight over several 
related Federal programs that are being or have been 
implemented to enhance security in the maritime domain.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Craig E. 
Bone, Director of Port Security, United States Coast Guard; Mr. 
Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., Deputy Federal Security Director for 
Newark Liberty International Airport, Transportation Security 
Administration; Ms. Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime 
Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; Dr. Scott Glen, 
Institute of Marine and Coastal Services, Rutgers University; 
and Mr. William Boles, Director of Security, Port of 
Wilmington.
    The Strategy recognizes four national strategic objectives 
that will guide United States efforts to enhance security in 
the maritime domain: (1) to prevent terrorist attacks and 
criminal or hostile attacks in the maritime domain; (2) to 
protect maritime-related population centers and critical 
infrastructures; (3) to minimize damage and expedite recovery 
following an incident in the maritime domain; and (4) to 
safeguard the ocean and marine resources.

 UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AND THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION FISCAL 
                       YEAR 2007 BUDGET REQUESTS

    On March 1, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
consider the Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 budget requests 
for the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Maritime 
Commission, and other maritime transportation programs.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Vice Admiral Terry 
Cross, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Master Chief 
Franklin A. Welch, Master Chief Petty Officer, United States 
Coast Guard; The Honorable Steven R. Blust, Chairman, Federal 
Maritime Commission; and Mr. David L. Winstead, Commissioner of 
Public Building Service, United States General Services 
Administration.
    The President requests nearly $8.2 billion in Fiscal Year 
2007 for activities of the United States Coast Guard, which is 
an increase of approximately $127 million (or 1.58 percent), 
over the total amount appropriated for Fiscal Year 2006, 
including Fiscal Year 2006 supplemental appropriations and 
rescissions. However, the President's request includes $30 
million for increased fuel costs; $53 million for increased 
personnel costs; and $50 million to begin design of new 
headquarters. Therefore, the amount requested for actual Coast 
Guard operations would not maintain current services at the 
Fiscal Year 2006 levels.
    The Coast Guard request is designed to carry out three 
primary objectives for the Coast Guard in Fiscal Year 2007: (1) 
to strengthen maritime preparedness; (2) to maximize awareness 
within the maritime domain; and (3) to enhance capabilities to 
deal with current and emerging threats.
    The President's budget request for Coast Guard Operating 
Expenses (OE) in Fiscal Year 2007 is approximately $5.5 
billion, an increase of more than $108 million, or two percent, 
over the Fiscal Year 2006 enacted level including Fiscal Year 
2006 supplemental funds and rescissions. The Fiscal Year 2006 
level included more than $132 million provided pursuant to the 
Emergency Hurricane Supplemental (Public Law 109-148). The 
Operating Expenses account comprises over two-thirds of the 
Coast Guard's budget and provides for the safety of the public 
and the Coast Guard's workforce, with an enhanced emphasis on 
the Service's maritime homeland security mission. The request 
includes funding for 40,262 military and 6,022 civilian full 
time equivalent personnel.
    The President requests approximately $21.5 million for the 
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), up approximately 5.9 percent 
from nearly $20.3 million appropriated in Fiscal Year 2006.
    The FMC is a five member independent agency formed in 1961 
following the abolition of the Federal Maritime Board. The 
Commission is responsible for enforcing international shipping 
rules and regulations involving carriers (container ship 
operators), shippers (companies owning goods to be 
transported), and transportation facilitators such as freight 
forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers, and customs 
brokers.
    The FMC is primarily engaged in administering the Shipping 
Act of 1984. However, the FMC also enforces the Foreign 
Shipping Practices Act and Section 19 of the Merchant Marine 
Act, 1920. Under these authorities, the FMC protects shippers 
and carriers from restrictive or unfair practices of foreign 
governments and foreign-flag carriers. To enforce these laws, 
the FMC has the authority to take action against the offending 
carriers, including the imposition of per voyage fees and the 
prevention of trade with the United States. The FMC also 
enforces the laws related to cruise vessel financial 
responsibility to ensure that cruise vessel operators have 
sufficient resources to pay judgments to passengers for 
personal injury or death or for nonperformance of a voyage.

           FOREIGN OPERATION OF UNITED STATES PORT FACILITIES

    On March 9, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing to review 
the implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act 
of 2002 (MTSA), specifically, port security facility plans, 
issues related to cargo security, and the delay in the 
development of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials 
(TWIC).
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Mr. Stewart A. Baker, 
Assistant Secretary for Policy, United States Department of 
Homeland Security, and was accompanied by Rear Admiral Craig E. 
Bone, Director, Inspections and Compliance Directorate, United 
States Coast Guard, and Mr. Jay Ahern, Assistant Commissioner 
for Field Operations, Customs and Border Patrol; Dr. Stephen E. 
Flynn, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security 
Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Mr. Kurt J. Nagle, 
President, American Association of Port Authorities; Mr. James 
Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow for Defense and 
Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation; Mr. Robert Scavone, 
Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development, P&O 
Ports North America, Inc.; and Mr. Gary L. Brown, Union 
Security Liaison, International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
    The Subcommittee analyzed how the operation of terminals at 
United States ports by foreign entities, such as would have 
occurred under the purchase by Dubai Ports World (DP World) of 
the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O), could 
affect the implementation of MTSA and the safety and security 
at these ports.
    The 361 ports in the United States handle more than 2.5 
billion tons of trade annually. This involves approximately 11 
million shipping containers. The Department of Homeland 
Security, primarily through the activities of Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) and the United States Coast Guard, 
administers run many programs to secure the ports.

                IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OIL POLLUTION ACT

    On April 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
review the implementation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 
(Public Law 101-380) and the financial status of the Oil Spill 
Liability Trust Fund.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Thomas 
H. Gilmour, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security 
and Environmental Protection, United States Coast Guard; Ms. 
Jan P. Lane, Director, National Pollution Funds Center, United 
States Coast Guard; and Mr. David Kennedy, Director, Office of 
Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
    The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) establishes the Federal 
framework governing oil spill prevention, response, liability, 
research, and restoration. The Act was passed after the EXXON 
VALDEZ oil spill that discharged more than 11 million gallons 
of crude oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 
1989. Under OPA, the Coast Guard leads Federal oil spill 
response and prevention efforts in tidal waters, while the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for 
coordinating efforts in non- tidal and inland waters.
    Under OPA, a responsible party for a vessel or facility 
that discharges oil or which poses a substantial threat of 
discharging oil into or upon navigable waters or adjoining 
shorelines or the exclusive economic zone is liable for the 
costs associated with removing the oil and any damages to 
natural resources arising from the spill. Covered costs and 
damages include the costs of cleanup and removal; natural 
resources damages, including loss of use of natural resources; 
injury or loss of real or personal property; loss or impairment 
of income, profits, or earning capacity; loss of subsistence 
use of natural resources; costs of providing increased or 
additional public services; and loss of taxes, royalties, 
rents, fees, or net profit shares.
    OPA established an Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) 
to provide a readily available funding source to assume the 
costs of Federal oil spill response and prevention efforts and 
to pay for costs and damages above the liability limits 
established by OPA. The Coast Guard and the Environmental 
Protection Agency use funds from the OSLTF to carry out 
immediate and ongoing response efforts to oil spills which can 
later be reimbursed by the responsible party up to the vessel's 
or facility's liability limits. The OSLTF is the sole source of 
funding to support actions where there is no responsible party 
identified. Funds derived from payments of natural resource 
damages, funds for payment of claims for removal costs or 
damages, and up to $50 million each fiscal year for emergency 
removal actions under section 311(c) of the Clean Water Act are 
available from the OSLTF without appropriation.
    The OSLTF was initially capitalized at an amount of $1 
billion with revenues from a five-cent per barrel tax on each 
barrel of oil that was transported to oil refineries in the 
United States, and the transfer of $551 million in funds from 
two existing trust funds. The authority to impose this tax 
expired at the end of 1994; however, the Energy Policy Act of 
2005, Public Law 109-58, reinstituted that authority effective 
April 1, 2006, through the end of 2014. Under this new 
authority, the barrel tax will continue to be imposed until the 
unobligated balance in the Fund exceeds $2.7 billion.
    The Coast Guard has estimated that approximately $740 
million was available in the Fund at the beginning of Fiscal 
Year 2006. The Coast Guard has estimated that the Fund will 
receive approximately $130 million in funding during Fiscal 
Year 2006 and approximately $217 million in Fiscal Year 2007.

         OVERSIGHT HEARING ON COAST GUARD MISSION CAPABILITIES

    On May 11, 2006, the Subcommittee continued its oversight 
of Coast Guard mission capabilities, including the effects of 
increased maritime homeland security responsibilities on the 
Coast Guard's traditional missions, and reviewed the 
implementation of programs to enhance Maritime Domain 
Awareness.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Joseph 
L. Nimmich, Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning, 
United States Coast Guard; and Rear Admiral Wayne E. Justice, 
Director of Enforcement and Incident Management, United States 
Coast Guard.
    Over the past five years, the Coast Guard's budget has 
increased dramatically as the service has taken on the 
responsibilities of the lead Federal agency with 
responsibilities for maritime homeland security. During this 
time, the Coast Guard has integrated increased port, waterway, 
and coastal security missions with the service's traditional 
missions of search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant 
interdiction, oil spill prevention and response, marine safety, 
maintaining aids to navigation, icebreaking operations, 
enforcement of United States fisheries laws, and defense 
readiness.
    During this period, funding levels and resource hours 
devoted to the Coast Guard's non-security missions have 
declined relative to the service's homeland security mission. 
In 2004, the Coast Guard reported that resource hours for its 
traditional missions declined from more than 344,000 hours in 
calendar year 2001 to 297,000 in 2004. Similarly, funding for 
missions other than the Coast Guard's port, waterway and 
coastal security missions have declined from 77 percent the 
Coast Guard's budget in Fiscal Year 2005 to 73 percent in the 
Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 budget.
    The Coast Guard has previously testified that it allocates 
resources and personnel based on the greatest need within the 
maritime domain and that numerical target of activity for 
particular mission areas are not an adequate tool to measure 
performance in a multi-mission service. In Fiscal Year 2005, 
the Coast Guard reported that it met or achieved performance 
measures for eight of the service's 11 mission programs and 
that Coast Guard missions interdicted or removed more than 138 
metric tons of cocaine, the largest amount ever intercepted by 
the service.
    The Coast Guard has reported that the service's legacy 
fleet of aircraft and vessels has suffered a rapid 
deterioration in recent years. The Coast Guard's aging 
inventory of patrol boats, aircraft, helicopters, cutters, and 
systems has generated growing concerns over the Coast Guard's 
ability to effectively and safely perform all of its assigned 
missions. The Coast Guard has described the situation as a 
declining readiness spiral that has resulted in deferred 
modernization of aging assets, reduced readiness, rising 
maintenance needs, and increased total ownership costs.
    The Coast Guard has established the Automatic 
Identification System (AIS) to provide continuous, real-time 
information on the identity, location, speed and course of 
vessels in ports that are equipped with AIS receivers. AIS was 
originally developed as a collision avoidance system to prevent 
marine casualties between two commercial vessels. However, the 
Coast Guard's main use of AIS will be to track vessels for 
security purposes.

                        DEEPWATER IMPLEMENTATION

    The Subcommittee met on June 14, 2006, to review the Coast 
Guard's Integrated Deepwater System program (Deepwater) and the 
Revised Deepwater Implementation Plan.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Admiral Thad W. 
Allen, Commandant, United States Coast Guard.
    The Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System program 
(Deepwater) is intended to replace or modernize approximately 
90 ships and 200 aircraft used in the Coast Guard's deepwater 
missions; these missions generally occur more than 50 miles 
offshore and typically require long transits to operating 
areas, forward deployment of forces, and extended on-scene 
presence. The Coast Guard's major missions are carried out in 
the deepwater zone, including drug and migrant interdiction 
operations, search and rescue, homeland security, and fisheries 
law enforcement. Importantly, the Coast Guard's existing 
(``legacy'') fleet of vessels and aircraft are nearing or has 
already reached the end of their service lives, are 
technologically limited, and are expensive to operate because 
of relatively high crew requirements. The Deepwater program 
includes the cost of maintaining the assets, as well as 
replacing or modernizing them, and with each year that passes, 
the category of maintenance of legacy assets consumes a larger 
share of the money allocated for Deepwater. Consequently, 
finishing the replacement part of the program sooner rather 
than later would be more cost effective over time.
    On July 21, 2005, the Coast Guard submitted a 25-year 
Revised Deepwater Implementation Plan. Further, in February 
2006, the Coast Guard submitted an updated plan to align with 
its Fiscal Year 2007 budget submission. The new plan changes 
the balance of upgraded legacy assets versus new assets, alters 
the delivery schedules, and increases the costs to $24 billion, 
$7 billion more than earlier estimates. The increase in costs 
reflects the expanded homeland security responsibilities and 
covers such items as greater weaponry, improved communications 
systems, and greater operating capabilities. However, this 25-
year program is again dependent on receiving a projected amount 
of funding each year.
    The revised plan calls for major changes to the assets that 
will be part of the Deepwater program. Under the revised plan, 
the Coast Guard will retain and upgrade the Service's fleet of 
HH-60J helicopters. The Coast Guard will also retain 22 
upgraded and renovated HC-130H long range aircraft (for 
surveillance, search, and airlift needs) instead of decreasing 
the current 27 aircraft to six under the original plan. The 
original plan called for a replacement of all cutters and 
patrol boats. The revised plan generally spreads out delivery 
of each class of vessels over a longer number of years. Also, 
the revised plan includes nine additional 25-foot short-range 
boats and nine fewer 35-foot long-range boats.
    After the revised plan was finalized, however, changes have 
occurred concerning the Fast Response Cutter (FRC), which was 
to replace the 110-foot (some of which were converted to 123-
feet) cutter fleet. The FRC's design included a composite hull 
that was supposed to double the operational life of the vessel. 
Deepwater's revised plan called for the acquisition of 58 FRC's 
by 2027. However, various concerns with the hull form, 
potential speed, and propulsion systems exist. On February 28, 
2005, the Coast Guard's Deepwater Program Office temporarily 
suspended work on the design because of high technical risks. 
On April 6, 2006, the Coast Guard issued a request for 
information to obtain data about the state of the market for a 
proven patrol boat design. The Coast Guard will likely purchase 
an ``off-the-shelf'' patrol boat design to serve as the new 
FRC.
    The aging inventory of patrol boats, aircraft, helicopters, 
cutters, and systems has generated growing concerns over the 
Coast Guard's ability to effectively and safely perform all of 
its assigned missions. The Coast Guard's fleet of 110-foot 
Patrol Boats has suffered numerous hull breaches that have 
required the vessels to undergo emergency repairs while in dry 
dock. The Service's fleet of High and Medium Endurance Cutters 
routinely miss operations due to failing sub-systems, and 
instances of in-flight engine power failures aboard HH-65 
helicopters are alarming and dangerous. The HH-65's are now 
being reengined--an additional unanticipated program expense. 
The Coast Guard has described a declining spiral phenomenon 
that has resulted in deferred modernization of aging assets, 
reduced readiness, rising maintenance needs, and increased 
total ownership costs. Recapitalization funds are spent keeping 
old assets' operating, which only defers modernization starting 
the cycle all over again.

          FISCAL YEAR 2007 COAST GUARD AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION

    On June 20, 2006, the Subcommittee met to consider changes 
to the legislative statutes that authorize activities of the 
United States Coast Guard and concern maritime transportation.
    The Subcommittee received testimony from Rear Admiral 
William D. Baumgartner, Judge Advocate General, United States 
Coast Guard; Professor Myron H. Nordquist, Center for Oceans 
Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law; and Mr. 
Douglas B. Stevenson, Director, Center for Seafarers' Rights of 
the Seamen's church Institute of New York and New Jersey.
    The draft bill formed the basis for H.R. 5681, the Coast 
Guard Authorization Act of 2006, which passed the House.

   LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON DRAFT LEGISLATION REGARDING BALLAST WATER 
          MANAGEMENT AND REDUCTION OF AIR POLLUTION FROM SHIPS

    The Subcommittee met on July 11, 2006, to review and 
receive testimony on draft legislation regarding ballast water 
management and the reduction of air pollution from ships.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Brian M. 
Salerno, Director of Inspection and Compliance, United States 
Coast Guard; Mr. Timothy R.E. Keeney, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration; Ms. Catherine Hazlewood, Senior 
Policy Advisor, North America, Global Invasive Species 
Initiative, The Nature Conservancy; Ms. Kathy Metcalf, 
Director, Maritime Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America; and 
Mr. Donald O'Hare, Vice President, World Shipping Council.
    The Subcommittee considered a draft bill that would require 
the Coast Guard to build upon its existing domestic ballast 
water management program and to establish ballast water 
discharge standards. The draft bill would require the Coast 
Guard to facilitate, monitor, and evaluate the testing of 
alternative ballast water management methods aboard vessels 
employed in international trade. The draft bill would also 
require the Coast Guard to establish national ballast water 
discharge standards after the service has determined that 
methods exist that are capable of reducing the number of 
organisms transported in ballast water to at least the 
Convention standard of less than ten organisms that are greater 
than 50 micrometers in size per cubic meter of ballast water. 
The draft bill would also grant the Coast Guard the authority 
to establish a more stringent standard based on the 
demonstrated capabilities of available alternative ballast 
water management methods.
    The Subcommittee also considered draft legislation that 
would implement requirements under Annex VI of the MARPOL 
Convention for purpose of United States law. The International 
Maritime Organization adopted Annex VI to the International 
Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 
Convention) in 1997, which establishes international 
regulations that set limits on sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide 
emissions from ship exhausts and prohibit deliberate emissions 
of ozone depleting substances. In April of this year, the 
Senate acceded to the treaty by unanimous consent. Annex VI 
entered into force for the 36 member nations that have ratified 
the treaty on May 19, 2006. Earlier this year, the 
Administration submitted draft legislation to implement the 
vessel air emission requirements under Annex VI domestically.
    The bill considered by the Committee largely incorporates 
the Administration's proposal with several changes regarding 
the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in regulating 
vessels that operate in United States territorial waters. The 
Administration's proposal gives the EPA a primary 
responsibility for developing, administering, and enforcing 
regulations regarding the release of nitrogen and sulfur 
compounds and ozone depleting substances from vessels. The bill 
proposes to incorporate these administration and enforcement 
responsibilities with the Coast Guard's existing 
responsibilities under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

   UNITED STATES COAST GUARD LICENSING AND DOCUMENTATION OF MERCHANT 
                                MARINERS

    On July 20, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the Coast Guard's merchant mariner licensing and 
documentation program.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Craig E. 
Bone, Assistant Commandant for Prevention, United States Coast 
Guard; Mr. Shull Autin, Chief Operating Officer, SEACOR Marine, 
LLC, on behalf of the Offshore Marine Service Association; Mr. 
Dale Sause, Chairman of the Board, American Waterways 
Operators; Mr. Ronald Davis, President, Marine Engineers' 
Beneficial Association; and Captain Elizabeth Gedney, Director 
of Safety, Security, and Risk Management, Passenger Vessel 
Association.
    The Coast Guard is responsible for promulgating the 
requirements for the licensing and documentation of mariners. 
Each mariner credential has specific requirements as to age, 
citizenship, physical condition, character, qualifying sea 
service, assessments, and specialized training. Mariner 
credentials are issued by the Coast Guard in the form of 
Licenses for deck, engineer, and radio officers; Certificates 
of Registry (CORs) for staff officers; and Merchant Mariner 
Documents (MMDs) for unlicensed ratings of shipboard deck and 
engineering departments. Credentials may contain limitations as 
to vessel type, tonnage, propulsion, horsepower, or waters upon 
which service is authorized.
    Coast Guard regulations regarding merchant mariner 
documentation and licensing were designed to closely conform to 
the provisions for the International Convention on Standards, 
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 
1978. An STCW Certificate is issued to mariners who meet the 
STCW requirements and is in addition to United States Merchant 
Mariner credentials.
    A seaman may apply for a merchant mariner credential at any 
of the 17 Coast Guard Regional Examination Centers (RECs). 
There are several requirements to satisfy including the 
completion of an application form and payment of user fees. All 
applicants must currently appear in person to have their 
fingerprints taken for use in a criminal background check and 
swear an oath to be eligible for an MMD, license or COR.
    When a seaman submits an application package for 
evaluation, he must include a copy of proof of citizenship and 
establish proof of having a Social Security Number (SSN). If 
the seaman is not a United States citizen, he may still be 
considered for a credential, but he must provide documentation 
that he is a permanent resident in possession of an Alien 
Registration Card issued by United States Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement and proof of foreign citizenship. Further, 
seamen must present proof that he is free of dangerous drugs 
including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and 
amphetamines. Fingerprints are forwarded to the Federal Bureau 
of Investigations (FBI) to verify all background information 
and the Coast Guard receives from the FBI a record of all 
arrests and convictions.
    If the seaman has a criminal record and fails to reveal it 
on his application, he may be subject to criminal penalty. In 
addition, his credential may be rendered null and void and will 
be required to be surrendered to the Coast Guard or he may be 
charged to appear at a formal hearing before a Coast Guard 
Administrative Law Judge. A criminal record does not 
necessarily mean that the seaman will be denied, but a 
falsified application is automatic grounds for denial. In 
addition, the seaman must agree to a check of the National 
Driver Register (NDR) for offenses in connection with his 
operation of a motor vehicle. The application may be 
disapproved if information from the NDR check leads the Coast 
Guard to determine that he cannot be entrusted with the duties 
and responsibilities of the credential.
    All mariners employed aboard United States merchant vessels 
greater than 100 gross register tons (domestic tonnage), except 
those exclusively navigating rivers, are required to have a 
valid United States Merchant Mariner's Document (MMD). An MMD 
is a card similar to a driver's license in appearance; it is 
both an identity credential and a qualification credential. It 
is not, however, a guarantee of finding work, but rather a 
certification allowing the seaman to work in the shipboard 
merchant marine industry.
    MMDs are issued to unlicensed personnel who support the 
operation of a vessel. Unqualified ratings are issued to entry 
level individuals who typically have little or no sea service 
such as ordinary seaman, wiper, or food handler. With an MMD, 
the seaman may work in the deck, engineering, or steward's 
department of a ship depending on the type of rating for which 
a seaman applies. Qualified ratings are issued based on 
previous sea service in a particular department or specialized 
training. Qualified ratings for members in the deck department 
are issued by rating type (for example, Able Seaman or Bosun) 
and any vessel type restrictions (for example, sail vessels or 
offshore supply vessels).
    All qualified ratings require completing a written 
examination. These examinations are administered at the REC. An 
examination is not required for unqualified (entry level) 
ratings.
    Most merchant mariners applying for a qualified rating must 
submit a physical examination report completed by a physician 
or otherwise qualified person within one year of the 
application. This report must certify that the seaman is in 
good health and has no physical impairment or medical condition 
which would render him incompetent to perform the ordinary 
duties allowed by the MMD. Not meeting the vision, hearing, or 
general physical condition required for an MMD does not 
automatically result in a denial of an MMD. The Commandant of 
the United States Coast Guard may consider the seaman for a 
physical waiver if extenuating circumstances warrant special 
consideration.
    In contrast to the MMD, a license only documents a 
mariner's qualifications; it is not an identification document. 
Licenses are issued to officers in the deck and engineering 
departments, and to radio officers. Each license has general, 
service and examination requirements that must be satisfied 
before a license is issued. Certificates of Registry (CORs), 
which are another form of license, are issued to officers in 
the staff department. Each COR grade has separate experience 
requirements in the area for which a COR is sought.
    Because of the numerous qualifications and limitations 
(grade and restrictions), there are literally hundreds of 
different licenses available. In fact, about 25 percent of 
mariners carry more than one qualification.
    A holder of an MMD, license, or COR may also be required to 
obtain an STCW endorsement to meet the requirements of the 
International Convention on Standards of Training, 
Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 if 
working on an international voyage. An STCW endorsement is both 
an identification and qualification credential and sets 
qualification standards for masters, officers and watch 
personnel on merchant ships that engage on international 
voyages.
    Over 90 percent of ships visiting United States waters are 
foreign-flag, and merchant mariners aboard these vessels are 
required to carry STCW credentials issued by a foreign nation. 
Approximately 350 large United States merchant ships that 
routinely visit foreign ports, as well as thousands of smaller 
United States documented commercial vessels that operate on 
ocean or near-coastal voyages, are subject to STCW. There are 
currently approximately 49,000 holders of an STCW issued by the 
Coast Guard.
    A seaman may apply for renewal at any of the 17 Coast Guard 
RECs. The seaman must satisfy requirements for renewal 
including the completion of an application form and payment of 
user fees. A seaman can renew his credential(s) up to 12 months 
prior to expiration. There is a grace period where a seaman can 
renew his credential no more than 12 months beyond the five-
year expiration date, but he cannot operate under the authority 
of that credential during the grace period. Once the credential 
has expired, it is no longer valid and cannot be used for work 
in the maritime trades. Further if the credential has expired 
beyond the grace period, maritime workers are required to meet 
all requirements (except recency of service) to obtain a 
credential including examination and training requirements.
    There are concerns that the Coast Guard's licensing and 
documentation program has become backlogged to the point that 
it may be affecting maritime commerce in the United States. 
Since 1990, the MLD Program has experienced a significant 
increase in both the scope and complexity of its 
responsibilities and, with the exception of the temporary 
contractor support added at the RECs over the past three years, 
staffing levels have not increased since the regionalization of 
the program in 1982.
    The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) required the 
introduction of drug testing requirements for applicants and a 
requirement that an application include a review of the 
National Driver Register (for driving records). OPA 90 also 
limited the period of validity of a Merchant Mariner Document, 
whereas previously they did not expire. Following the events of 
September 11, 2001, enhanced safety and security screening 
procedures were also put into place. As a result the Coast 
Guard has strictly enforced compliance with regulatory 
requirements for verifying the identity and nationality of 
applicants and the administration of the specified oath by 
mariners. The MMD was replaced with a new card incorporating 
tamper-resistant and anti-counterfeiting features. New 
procedures, including the centralized screening and evaluation 
of applicants' criminal backgrounds, were implemented to 
enhance safety and security of the nation and the marine 
transportation system.
    Mariners across the United States have attempted to deal 
with backlog by choosing to submit their applications to the 
REC where they hope to receive faster service. These actions 
may compound the problems that are incurred by mariners and the 
Coast Guard in accessing information for new and renewal 
applications because mariner records are often stored at 
numerous RECs and have not been consolidated into a central 
facility. The National Maritime Center currently stores records 
submitted as part of the applications for Merchant Mariner 
Documents (MMDs), while the RECs maintain the records for 
licenses. ``REC shopping,'' while permissible, may necessitate 
the shipment of records between RECs, adding to the processing 
time, or result in the further splitting of a mariner's 
official record.
    To help reverse the trend in the growing number of 
applications in the processing queue and, consequently, the 
amount of time to process an application, the National Maritime 
Center has placed contracted support personnel at 16 of the 
RECs to augment the Coast Guard staffs. Even this support has 
not enabled the permanent REC staffs to devote the necessary 
time to other program requirements such as the oversight of the 
steadily increasing mariner training course industry.
    Congress authorized the Coast Guard to temporarily extend 
the validity of existing merchant mariner credentials for 
mariners in the Gulf Region as part of the Coast Guard 
Hurricane Relief Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-141); however that 
extension was limited to the period ending on February, 28, 
2006. Additional authority to grant an additional one-year 
extension was included as a part of the Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-241). The 
Coast Guard has not yet signaled whether it will use the new 
authority to free up time necessary to address the growing 
backlog of new and renewal applications.
    There are currently more than 1,800 Coast Guard-approved 
merchant mariner training courses taught by more than 225 
different companies or organizations. These courses teach 
things such as ``Basic fire-fighting'', CPR, or the deployment 
and use of survival craft. The Coast Guard must approve and, 
subsequently, re-evaluate these courses. To persuade mariners 
to take courses which they are not required to take, the Coast 
Guard has allowed some courses to meet some of the sea service 
required to get licenses and endorsements. Also, the Coast 
Guard has allowed attendance of a course as a way for a mariner 
to meet license and endorsement requirements without taking an 
examination.
    The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 required 
the Department of Homeland Security to develop enhanced 
identification credentials for persons that require unescorted 
access to United States vessels and to United States ports and 
terminal facilities. The Transportation Security Administration 
(TSA) and the Coast Guard have recently published proposed 
rules to require workers to be issued a Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC will contain 
biometric information and will be the primary means for 
limiting access to restricted areas of United States ports, 
facilities and vessels.
    Under regulations that have been proposed by the TSA, 
maritime workers will be required to obtain a TWIC prior to 
applying for merchant mariner credentials. TSA estimates that 
it will take a minimum of 30 to 60 days to issue a TWIC to an 
applicant. It is unclear whether applicants will be able to be 
employed by the maritime industries while waiting to be issued 
a TWIC card and whether the additional processing time under 
the TWIC program will affect the availability of qualified 
maritime workers.
    Under the proposed rules, maritime workers will be required 
to pay up to $149 in fees for a TWIC. These fees would be in 
addition to fees required for Coast Guard-issued credentials.
    As a companion to the TWIC rulemaking, the Coast Guard is 
proposing to consolidate merchant mariner identification and 
qualification documents into a new Merchant Mariner Credential 
(MMC). Based upon the implementation of the TWIC standard, the 
Coast Guard is proposing a rule that will go into effect 18 
months after the TWIC rule.
    Under the proposed rules, TWIC cards would become the 
identity document for all mariners. The MMC would combine all 
other documents that are issued by the Coast Guard authorizing 
service on United States flag vessels. The MMC will have a 
single renewal date and will be able to be renewed at any time 
during its validity and up to 12 months after expiration 
without penalty. With TWIC taking on the role of identity 
document, it may be possible that all interaction with the 
Coast Guard on mariner credentials could be done by mail or 
even online.
    The Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC), which is 
responsible for the management, coordination, and execution of 
marine safety activities and services at the national level, is 
planning the centralization of the Mariner License and 
Documentation (MLD) program. Centralizing many of the processes 
currently performed by the 17 Regional Examination Centers is 
but one element of the strategic approach. It will reportedly 
be accompanied by growth in the number of personnel to a level 
commensurate with the current and expected future workload, 
while also enabling the NMC to staff new functions intended to 
improve customer service. In general, the service is seeking to 
improve nationwide consistency through centralization of 
certain processes. The RECs will still exist, however, 
preserving for mariners local access to Coast Guard licensing 
specialists. The first changes will occur with records being 
moved from the damaged REC in New Orleans to the NMC in West 
Virginia.
    All merchant mariner credentials are valid for five years 
from the issue date. If a credential expires before the 
document or license is renewed, the credential becomes invalid. 
To avoid this possibility, the Coast Guard encourages maritime 
workers to renew their credentials up to 12 months before the 
existing credentials expire.
    The term ``license creep'' refers to when the renewal is 
issued before the old credential expires. In that case, the 
mariner loses the time left on his old credential because it is 
replaced by the new credential on the date that the renewal is 
issued. The Coast Guard has taken steps to minimize ``license 
creep'' by reportedly encouraging RECs to issue and mail 
renewed credentials at a future date after applications are 
approved. However, to be eligible for this service, mariners 
must request delayed issuance at the time their applications 
for renewal are submitted.

          OVERSIGHT HEARING ON COAST GUARD MISSION PERFORMANCE

    On September 14, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the Inspector General's annual review of Coast Guard 
mission performance and to oversee the Coast Guard's efforts to 
balance its assets and personnel to carry out each of its many 
traditional and homeland security missions.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Joseph 
L. Nimmich, Assistant Commandant for Policy & Planning, United 
States Coast Guard, and Edward Stulginsky, Deputy Assistant 
Inspector General for Audits, Department of Homeland Security.
    Following September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard was 
established as the lead Federal agency with responsibilities 
for maritime homeland security. As a result, the Coast Guard 
has expanded its missions to secure United States ports, 
vessels and coastal waters while also carrying out the 
Service's traditional missions. Section 888 of the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) classified the Coast 
Guard's traditional missions as ``homeland security missions'' 
and ``non-homeland security missions''. The homeland security 
missions include: (1) Illegal Drug Interdiction, (2) 
Undocumented Migrant Interdiction, (3) Other Law Enforcement, 
(4) Defense Readiness, and (5) Ports, Waterways, and Coastal 
Security (PWCS). The non-homeland security missions include: 
(1) Search and Rescue (SAR), (2) Aids to Navigation (ATON), (3) 
Ice Operations, (4) Living Marine Resources, (5) Marine 
Environmental Protection, and (6) Marine Safety.
    Because of concerns that the additional responsibilities 
could adversely affect the Coast Guard's traditional missions, 
Section 888 prohibits the Secretary from substantially or 
significantly reducing the missions of the Coast Guard or the 
Coast Guard's capability to perform these missions. To ensure 
that these concerns are monitored, the Act requires the Office 
of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland 
Security (OIG) to conduct an annual review of the Coast Guard's 
mission performance.
    In July 2006, the OIG released its annual review of the 
Coast Guard's mission performance for Fiscal Year 2005. It 
evaluated the ``resource hours'' (the number of flight hours 
for aircraft and underway hours for boats and cutters), as well 
as the performance goals and results from Fiscal Years 2001 
through 2005 to form conclusions. Significantly, the data 
revealed that the total resource hours for both homeland 
security missions and non-homeland security missions increased 
every year.
    Importantly, however, the growth in resource hours has now 
leveled off. Specifically, the increase in resource hours from 
Fiscal Year 2004 to Fiscal Year 2005 was less than 1.5 percent. 
The report concluded that, because the Coast Guard has limited 
numbers of assets, the Coast Guard will be unable to increase 
the total number of mission resource hours without the 
acquisition of additional aircraft, cutters, and boats. 
Further, the Coast Guard has a limited ability to respond to an 
extended crisis, such as occurred with the hurricanes in the 
Gulf of Mexico in 2005, and therefore, with no additional 
reserve assets to use for catastrophic situations, the Service 
was forced to divert resources (and resource hours) normally 
dedicated to other missions. As a result, the Coast Guard 
dramatically reduced the number of illegal drug interdiction 
missions and observed evidence of an increase in the number of 
illegal migrants that attempted to enter the United States by 
sea, most likely due to decreased Coast Guard cutter and 
aircraft presence.
    The Coast Guard's Deepwater program will result in the 
nearly complete recapitalization of Coast Guard vessels, 
aircraft and support systems. Under the program, these 
Deepwater assets will be designed with enhanced components and 
systems that should enhance the Coast Guard's capabilities to 
successfully carry out its missions. However, the Coast Guard 
continues to experience problems and delays, and it is unclear 
how these delays will affect the projected delivery date of 
replacement assets. Until legacy assets are replaced by 
Deepwater assets, the OIG's report suggests that Coast Guard 
mission performance may be expected to fall off due to 
increased legacy asset unavailability.
    In addition, the report concluded that, despite success in 
increasing mission hours, the Coast Guard still has room for 
improvement in its performance. The Service was significantly 
more successful in Fiscal Year 2005 in meeting goals for its 
traditional non-homeland security missions than its homeland 
security missions. The Coast Guard met 22 of 28 performance 
goals (79 percent) for its traditional non-homeland security 
missions, meeting its non-homeland security missions goals in 
all areas except for Living Marine Resources. This was the 
Coast Guard's best performance over the past five years 
regarding its non-homeland security missions performance.
    In contrast, however, the Coast Guard met only five of 19 
(26 percent) of its performance goals in Fiscal Year 2005 for 
its homeland security missions, not including the PWC mission 
(because a risk-based performance measure for this mission was 
only recently developed). Of the four mission areas for which a 
risk-based performance measure existed, analysis could be 
performed only on three missions (Undocumented Migrant 
Interdiction, Other Law Enforcement, and Defense Readiness) 
because the results for Illegal Drug Interdiction were not yet 
available at the time of the assessment. The Coast Guard only 
met its goals in one of the three remaining homeland security 
missions--Other Law Enforcement. While these results are 
concerning, it must be noted that the analysis was incomplete. 
Two of the five missions were not analyzed, including the 
largest user of Coast Guard resource hours (PWC). It is hoped 
that future reports will be able to provide a more complete 
picture of the Coast Guard's homeland security mission 
performance, and consequently, allow troubleshooting to occur.
    The report also examined the Coast Guard's performance over 
time. Only Aids to Navigation and Marine Environmental 
Protection achieved the established goals for the five-year 
period, while Marine Safety met its goals for the three-year 
period that goals were established and results were available. 
Seven of the remaining missions did not consistently meet 
goals: Illegal Drug Interdiction, Undocumented Migrant 
Interdiction, Other Law Enforcement, Defense Readiness, SAR, 
Ice Operations, and Living Marine Resources. In fact, the 
Service only met its performance goals for Illegal Drug 
Interdiction in Fiscal Year 2004 (although 2005 results were 
not available), Undocumented Migrant Interdiction in two out of 
the past five years, and did not meet its performance goals for 
Defense Readiness in any year in the five-year period.
    Significantly, the report determined that there are 
barriers to improving or sustaining the Coast Guard's 
performance. The Coast Guard is within 4 percent of its 
statistically projected maximum level of resource hours. The 
report noted that, as a result, ``the Coast Guard will be 
unable to increase its total resource hours without the 
acquisition of additional aircraft, cutters, and boats.'' 
Further, the Coast Guard's limited capacity is further 
exacerbated by extended crisis operations, which cause a loss 
of resources following the operations since the assets require 
significant maintenance and reconditioning. This loss of 
resources necessarily affects readiness for other missions. In 
addition, the Coast Guard must ensure that a comprehensive and 
fully-defined performance management system is implemented to 
improve performance.

            NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ICEBREAKING REPORT

    On September 26, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to review the recent National Academy of Sciences 
report on the Coast Guard's polar icebreakers.
    The Subcommittee heard testimony from Rear Admiral Joseph 
L. Nimmich, Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning, 
United States Coast Guard, Dr. Anita K. Jones, Chair, Polar 
Research Board, Assessment of United States Coast Guard Polar 
Icebreaker Roles and Future Needs, National Academy of 
Sciences, Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Science 
Foundation, and Mr. Mead Treadwell, Chairman, United States 
Arctic Research Commission.
    The Coast Guard is the only Federal agency that operates 
polar icebreakers. In one of the most challenging environments 
on earth, the icebreakers support the United States research 
operations in the Arctic and Antarctic. The United States has 
territory and citizens above the Arctic Circle, and it 
maintains three year-round scientific stations in Antarctica to 
assert a United States presence and ensure American leadership 
among the nations that are signatories to the Antarctic Treaty.
    While the primary mission of the polar icebreakers is to 
support scientific research missions, the polar icebreakers can 
also support other Coast Guard missions including search and 
rescue, marine pollution response, law enforcement, defense 
operations, and ice operations--providing icebreaking 
capability, charting the positions and movements of icebergs 
(the International Ice Patrol), and supporting Department of 
Defense and civilian scientific research. The Coast Guard is 
the sole federal agency with the essential combination of 
properly equipped platforms, experienced and trained personnel, 
and authorities to perform these tasks in the Polar Regions.
    To accomplish these polar missions, the Coast Guard 
operates three icebreaking vessels: POLAR STAR, POLAR SEA, and 
HEALY. The POLAR STAR and the POLAR SEA were commissioned in 
1976 and 1978, respectively, and are for heavy icebreaking use 
in both the Arctic and Antarctic. The HEALY was commissioned in 
1999 and is only for use in the Arctic since it has light 
icebreaking capability. The POLAR SEA and POLAR STAR have 
deteriorated after almost 30 years of operations in some of the 
harshest conditions in the world, and there are significant 
issues concerning their possible future service life. 
Therefore, Congress required a study in the Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 to examine the role of the 
Coast Guard's icebreakers in supporting United States 
operations in the Arctic and Antarctic, including scenarios to 
continue those operations.
    The study concluded the following: (1) The nation needs the 
capability to operate in both polar regions reliably and at 
will; (2) The United States should continue to project an 
active and influential presence in the Arctic and Antarctic to 
support its interests. This objective requires United States 
government polar icebreaking capability to assure year-round 
access throughout the Arctic and sufficient capability to break 
a channel into and assure the maritime resupply of McMurdo 
Station; (3) The United States should maintain leadership in 
polar research. This requires icebreaking capability to provide 
access to the polar regions; (4) Operations and maintenance of 
the polar icebreaking fleet have been underfunded for years, 
and the capabilities of the fleet have diminished dramatically; 
(5) Deferred long-term maintenance and failure to execute a 
plan for replacement or refurbishment have placed national 
interests in the polar regions at risk; (6) National interests 
in the polar regions require that the United States immediately 
program, budget, design, and construct two new polar 
icebreakers to be operated by the Coast Guard; (7) To provide 
continuity of United States icebreaking capabilities, the POLAR 
SEA should remain mission capable and the POLAR STAR should 
remain available for reactivation until the new polar 
icebreakers enter service; (8) The Coast Guard should be 
provided a sufficient operations and maintenance budget to 
support an increased, regular, and influential presence in the 
Arctic. Other agencies should reimburse incremental costs 
associated with directed mission tasking; and (9) Polar 
icebreakers are essential instruments of United States national 
policy in the changing polar regions. To assure adequate 
national icebreaking capability into the future, a Presidential 
Decision Directive should be issued to clearly align agency 
responsibilities and budgetary authorities.
  SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, 
               PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

    During the 109th Congress, Honorable Bill Shuster of 
Pennsylvania served as Chairman of the Subcommittee and 
Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia 
served as the Ranking Democratic Member. The Subcommittee held 
a number of hearings to conduct oversight and prepare 
legislation. A brief list of the topics covered by the 
Subcommittee during the 109th Congress includes: hearings, 
resolutions, and legislation resulting from the impact of 
Hurricane Katrina, reform of the national emergency management 
system, reauthorization of the Appalachian Regional Commission, 
reauthorization of the National Dam Safety Program, 
reauthorization of the Predisaster Mitigation Program, 
authorization of the General Services Administration's Fiscal 
Year 2005 and 2006 Capital Investment and Leasing Program, 
numerous bills for building designations, and resolutions 
authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds.

                             Enacted Bills

               ROBERT T. MATSUI UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

                                H.R. 787

                          (Public Law 109-10)

    H.R. 787 designates the new United States Courthouse 
located at 501 I Street in Sacramento, California, as the 
``Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse''. Robert Matsui 
was elected to 14 consecutive terms in the United States House 
of Representatives as a member of the California delegation, 
beginning in the 96th Congress. He rose through the ranks and 
was admired by his colleagues as a man of keen intellect, 
trusted friend, and a formidable competitor. He was born in 
Sacramento, California, September 17, 1941, attended the 
University of California, Berkeley, and received his J.D. from 
the Hastings College of Law, University of California in 1966. 
After graduation, Matsui practiced law in a private practice 
before becoming a councilman on the Sacramento City Council. In 
1977 he was elected vice mayor of Sacramento. He served the 
city of Sacramento in every capacity he could. In Congress, 
Matsui's efforts in securing funding for Sacramento were 
crucial in the revitalization of that city. Among the projects 
for which he was responsible were the expansion of the city's 
light rail public transit system, and the courthouse that will 
soon bear his name. He passed away on January 1, 2005.
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     REYNALDO G. GARZA AND FILEMON B. VELA UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

                                H.R. 483

                          (Public Law 109-16)

    H.R. 483 designates the United States Courthouse located in 
Brownsville, Texas, as the ``Garza-Vela United States 
Courthouse''. Judge Reynaldo Garza was born in Brownsville, 
Texas, on July 7, 1915, and attended local public schools. He 
graduated from Brownsville Junior College in 1935, and from the 
University of Texas at Austin in 1939. Upon his graduation, he 
worked in private practice until entering the United States 
Army Air Corps. After World War II, Garza returned to private 
practice until 1961. In 1961 he was appointed to the United 
States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and 
then elected Chief Judge for United States District Court for 
the Southern District of Texas in 1974. Judge Garza was 
appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth 
Circuit in 1979, and in April of 1997, Chief Justice William H. 
Rehnquist appointed him Chief Judge of the Temporary Emergency 
Court of Appeals of the United States. He passed away on 
September 14, 2004, from pneumonia.
    Judge Filemon Vela was born in Harlingen, Texas, in 1936, 
and attended Harlingen local public schools. He went on to 
attend Texas Southmost College, the University of Texas, and 
St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He served in 
the United States Army from 1957 until 1959. After his 
graduation, he worked in private practice from 1962 to 1975. He 
was appointed as a Judge on the 107th Judicial District, for 
Cameron-Willacy County from 1975 to 1980. President Carter 
appointed him to the United States District Court for the 
Southern District of Texas in 1980. Judge Vela took Senior 
Status in 2000. Judge Vela passed away on April 13, 2004. This 
bill passed the House on April 13, 2005.
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                  COMMUNITY DISASTER LOAN ACT OF 2005

                                S. 1858

                          (Public Law 109-88)

    S. 1858, referred to as the Community Disaster Loan Act of 
2005, amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act's Community Disaster Loan Program. The 
program places a $5,000,000 limit per loan per community. S. 
1858 removes this cap for the $750,000,000 appropriated for 
this program for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The bill limits 
the Community Disaster Loan program by not permitting the 
waiver of repayment of these loan obligations, in effect 
creating a $750,000,000 loan program which must be repaid by 
the communities which have suffered from these two disasters. 
This bill passed the House on October 7, 2005.
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                   COLIN L. POWELL RESIDENTIAL PLAZA

                                S. 1413

                          (Public Law 109-89)

    S. 1413 designates the Federal building in Kingston, 
Jamaica, formerly known as the Crowne Plaza, as the Colin L. 
Powell Residential Plaza. Colin Powell was born in New York 
City on April 5, 1937. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, 
immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. He was educated 
in New York City public schools. He went on to graduate from 
the City College of New York with a degree in geology. While at 
City College he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps 
(ROTC). When he graduated in 1958, he was at the top of his 
ROTC class with the rank of cadet colonel, the highest rank in 
the corps. In 1962, he was sent to Vietnam for the first of his 
two tours of duty. In 1963, he was wounded and awarded the 
Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. During his second tour in 
Vietnam, he was injured in a helicopter crash but managed to 
rescue his comrades, for which he was awarded the Soldier's 
Medal. He has received 11 decorations including the Legion of 
Merit. He continued his education, gaining a master's degree in 
business administration from George Washington University. 
Since that time, Colin Powell has served our great Nation as a 
professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he was the 
recipient of numerous United States and foreign military awards 
and decorations and soon rose to the rank of a four-star 
general. He went on to serve as the 12th Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, which is the highest military position in the 
Department of Defense. In his time as Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, he oversaw some 28 crises, including Operation 
Desert Storm and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. His distinguished 
career was topped off when he was sworn in as the 65th 
Secretary of State of the United States in January of 2001, the 
first African American to hold this office. As Secretary of 
State, he took a leading role in rallying America's allies and 
the United Nations in the war against terrorism. This bill 
passed the House on October 6, 2005.
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                      ROSA PARKS FEDERAL BUILDING

                               H.R. 2967

                          (Public Law 109-98)

    H.R. 2967 designates the Federal building located at 333 
Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, Michigan, as the ``Rosa Parks 
Federal Building''. Rosa Parks is most well known as the 
``mother of the civil rights movement.'' In 1955, she defiantly 
refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, 
Alabama, inspiring further civil disobedience. Rosa Park's 
dedication to the fight for social and economic justice 
continued well beyond that monumental day in 1955, as she spent 
the remainder of her life fighting against all forms of 
discrimination. Rosa Parks received numerous awards for her 
contributions to the civil rights movement, including the 
Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold 
Medal. Rosa Parks passed away October 24, 2005. This bill 
passed the House on October 26, 2005.
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        ROSA PARKS FEDERAL BUILDING AND WILLIAM B. BRYANT ANNEX

                                S. 1285

                          (Public Law 109-101)

    S. 1285 designates the Federal building located at 333 Mt. 
Elliott Street in Detroit, Michigan, as the ``Rosa Parks 
Federal Building'', and the annex to the E. Barrett Prettyman 
Federal Building and United States Courthouse located at 
Constitution Avenue Northwest in the District of Columbia, as 
the ``William B. Bryant Annex''.
    Rosa Parks is most well known as the ``mother of the civil 
rights movement.'' In 1955 she defiantly refused to give up her 
seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, inspiring 
further civil disobedience. Rosa Park's dedication to the fight 
for social and economic justice continued well beyond that 
monumental day in 1955, as she spent the remainder of her life 
fighting against all forms of discrimination. Rosa Parks 
received numerous awards for her contributions to the civil 
rights movement, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 
and the Congressional Gold Medal. Rosa Parks passed away 
October 24, 2005.
    Judge Bryant was born in Alabama but raised in Washington, 
DC. He attended DC public schools, and graduated from Dunbar 
High School. He received both his bachelor's and law degrees 
from Howard University. In 1943, he entered the United States 
Army, receiving a commission as a First Lieutenant. Judge 
Bryant was honorably discharged in 1947, having attained the 
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After 18 years in private practice, 
marked by a brief period with the Department of Justice, 
William Bryant was appointed to the United States District 
Court for the District of Columbia in 1965. In 1977, Judge 
Bryant became the first African-American to serve as Chief 
Judge for the District of Columbia District Court. Judge Bryant 
took senior status in 1982. This bill passed the House on 
November 2, 2005.
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       PREDISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 4324

                          (Public Law 109-139)

    H.R. 4324 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize through Fiscal Year 
2008 the program of technical and financial assistance to 
states and local governments for cost-effective predisaster 
hazard mitigation measures. It also amends the Disaster 
Mitigation Act of 2000 to extend through September 30, 2007, 
the deadline for completion by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office of a study estimating the reduction 
in Federal disaster assistance that has resulted and is likely 
to result from enactment of such Act. This bill passed the 
House on December 15, 2005.
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                KATRINA EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2006

                                S. 1777

                          (Public Law 109-176)

    S. 1777, as amended, extends the disaster unemployment 
assistance eligibility period to 39 weeks for individuals 
eligible for such assistance under the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) who 
are unemployed as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and 
are not eligible for regular unemployment assistance. The 
Stafford Act allows the President to provide assistance to 
individuals unemployed as a result of a major disaster through 
the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program for a period of up 
to 26 weeks. Due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a significant 
part of the Gulf region's workforce remained unemployed after 
this 26-week period. S. 1777, as amended, provides for an 
additional 13 weeks of assistance. This bill passed the House 
on March 3, 2006.
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               SUPREME COURT GROUNDS TRANSFER ACT OF 2005

                                S. 2116

                          (Public Law 109-214)

    S. 2116 transfers jurisdiction over a small parcel of land 
from the Architect of the Capitol to the Supreme Court of the 
United States. The small parcel of land is bordered by 
Constitution Avenue on the North, Maryland Avenue on the West 
and South, and by Second Street on the East. This transfer also 
includes realigning the jurisdictional boundaries of the United 
States Capitol Police and the United States Supreme Court 
Police to reflect this land transfer. The transfer will enable 
the Supreme Court Police to have control over the grounds 
within the bollard perimeter currently under construction. This 
bill passed the House on March 28, 2006.
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                  LOCAL COMMUNITY RECOVERY ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 4979

                          (Public Law 109-218)

    H.R. 4979, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) to 
clarify the preference for local firms in the award of 
contracts for disaster relief activities. The bill makes it 
clear that the government can direct contracts to local 
communities devastated by disasters. The Stafford Act provides 
a preference for doing business with local firms to help them 
rebuild their economy. In the areas hardest hit by Hurricane 
Katrina, the job market, local economy, and tax base were 
devastated. This legislation puts people back to work 
rebuilding their communities, while simultaneously 
strengthening the local economy and tax base and providing for 
lower cost and faster job completion. This bill passed the 
House on March 28, 2006.
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           DISASTER RECOVERY PERSONAL PROTECTION ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5013

                          (Public Law 109-295)

  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 5013, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to prohibit the 
confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms by an individual 
operating under the color of Federal law while acting in 
support of a major disaster or emergency declaration, unless 
the confiscation is otherwise permitted by law. This Act 
ensures that law abiding citizens can continue to protect 
themselves, their families, their businesses, and their 
property, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, during 
disasters, when law enforcement is most likely to be 
overwhelmed and unable to fulfill the safety needs of the 
citizens they serve. It prevents agencies from arbitrarily 
depriving law abiding citizens of their private property and 
means of protection during a disaster. Additionally, this Act 
clarifies that an individual may require the temporary 
surrender of firearms as a condition for entry into any mode of 
transportation used for rescue or evacuation during a disaster 
or emergency. The Act authorizes any individual aggrieved by a 
violation of this legislation to seek relief by bringing an 
action for redress and by bringing a civil action in United 
States district court for return of a confiscated firearm. H.R. 
5013, as amended, passed the House on July 25, 2006.
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 POST-KATRINA REFORM OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

                               H.R. 5316

                          (Public Law 109-295)

  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 5316--Restoring Emergency Services to Protect Our 
Nation from Disasters Act of 2006 or the ``RESPOND Act of 
2006'' was ordered reported by the Committee on May 17, 2006 
and includes a number of the provisions that became law through 
the Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Appropriations Act. The Homeland 
Security Appropriations Act puts the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency (FEMA) back together again and gives FEMA the 
tools and authority to do its job. With the leadership, 
authority, and resources necessary to respond effectively to 
the next disaster, FEMA can once again be a model agency within 
the Federal Government. The amendment to the appropriations 
Homeland Security Appropriations Act--
           Elevates the standing of the FEMA within the 
        Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by promoting the 
        Administrator of FEMA to the level of Deputy Secretary; 
        also requires that the Administrator possess a 
        demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency 
        management and homeland security and at least five 
        years of executive leadership and management 
        experience;
           Provides statutory protections to FEMA, like 
        those provided to the United States Coast Guard and the 
        Secret Service under the Homeland Security Act, by 
        maintaining FEMA as a distinct entity within the 
        Department; and preventing the transfer of FEMA 
        authorities, personnel, assets and funds;
           Directs the Administrator to serve as the 
        principal advisor to the President, the Homeland 
        Security Council, and the Secretary of Homeland 
        Security for all matters relating to emergency 
        management and permits the President to designate the 
        Administrator as a member of the Cabinet in the event 
        of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other 
        disasters;
           Returns training, exercises, and grant 
        administration authority to FEMA, restoring the nexus 
        between emergency preparedness and response, helping 
        improve FEMA relations with state and local first 
        responders, officials, and emergency managers;
           Brings direction, professional expertise, 
        and accountability to Federal, State, and local 
        preparedness activities by defining responsibility for 
        disaster management as vested jointly between Federal 
        and State governments and establishing:
                    A national advisory council of State and 
                local officials and first responders;
                    National planning scenarios;
                    Target capabilities or recommended 
                preparedness levels;
                    Training and exercises;
                    A comprehensive assessment system and 
                remedial action program; and
                    Federal preparedness requirements.
           Further improves response capabilities at 
        the Federal, State, and local levels by establishing 
        regional emergency support and response teams and 
        Regional Offices and Advisory Councils, authorizing the 
        Urban Search and Rescue System and the Metropolitan 
        Medical Response System, and establishing a nationwide 
        pre-positioned emergency equipment program;
           Elevates the importance of emergency 
        communications within DHS by creating an Office of 
        Emergency Communications, requiring the Director of the 
        new office to conduct a nationwide baseline assessment 
        of emergency communication needs and produce a National 
        Emergency Communications Plan;
           Requires State and local governments to 
        establish effective, Department-approved Statewide 
        Interoperable Communications Plans before being able to 
        use DHS grant funds for emergency communications;
           Prevents waste, fraud, and abuse by 
        developing internal management controls, fraud 
        prevention training, and allowing the inspectors 
        general of other Federal agencies to use a portion of 
        their disaster relief funds for oversight activities; 
        creates a housing pilot program to reduce the need for 
        large-scale trailer parks; and places a spending cap on 
        mitigation programs;
           Requires the development of capabilities 
        necessary to meet the needs of individuals with 
        disabilities and others with special needs;
           Requires FEMA to develop a voluntary family 
        registry and locator system and to coordinate with the 
        National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 
        the Center's development of a National Emergency Child 
        Locator Center;
           Authorizes FEMA to disclose evacuee 
        information to law enforcement agencies to track sex 
        offenders;
           Increases authorization levels for a select 
        few programs and FEMA's core operating budget:
                    Urban Search and Rescue increases by $20 
                million for Fiscal Year 2008.
                    Metropolitan Medical Response increases by 
                $30 million for Fiscal Year 2008.
                    Emergency Management Performance Grant 
                increases by $175 million for Fiscal Year 2008.
                    Emergency Management Assistance Compact 
                authorized at $4 million for Fiscal Year 2008.
                    FEMA's two operating accounts increase by 
                10 percent per year for three years.
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             RURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 2338

                          (Public Law 109-295)

  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 2338, as amended, amends the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the 
President to designate an advocate for small states and rural 
areas within FEMA to advocate for the fair treatment in the 
provision of assistance under such Act. The Homeland Security 
Appropriations Act also requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to report to specified Congressional Committees on the 
extent to which disaster declaration regulations meet the needs 
of States with populations of less than one million and comply 
with existing statutory restrictions on the use of arithmetic 
formulas and sliding scales based on income or population. H.R. 
2338, as amended, was agreed to by voice vote by the 
Subcommittee on July 14, 2005.
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                   DISASTER RELIEF EQUITY ACT OF 2005

                                H.R 3208

                          (Public Law 109-295)

  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 3208 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to require the President to ensure 
that the distribution of supplies, the processing of 
applications, and other disaster relief and assistance 
activities shall be accomplished in an equitable and impartial 
manner, without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, 
religion, nationality, sex, age, or economic status.
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  TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PERMIT ACCESS TO DATABASES 
 MAINTAINED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR PURPOSES OF 
  COMPLYING WITH SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY AND NOTIFICATION LAWS, AND FOR 
                             OTHER PURPOSES

                               H.R. 4381

                          (Public Law 109-295)

  [PASSED AS PART OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 4381 amends the Privacy Act of 1974 to authorize the 
disclosure to government agencies of FEMA records on assistance 
provided to individuals in connection with a major disaster or 
emergency for purposes of complying with a federal or state sex 
offender registry or notification law. The Act also conditions 
receipt of federal funds by non-governmental organizations 
under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act on the organization providing assurances 
satisfactory to the President that it will disclose its records 
for the purpose of permitting a requesting jurisdiction to 
comply with a Federal or State sex offender registry or 
notification law.
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     TO AMEND THE ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER RELIEF AND EMERGENCY 
ASSISTANCE ACT TO RESTORE FEDERAL AID FOR THE REPAIR, RESTORATION, AND 
   REPLACEMENT OF PRIVATE NONPROFIT EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES THAT ARE 
                DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY A MAJOR DISASTER

                               H.R. 4517

                          (Public Law 109-295)

      [PASSED AS PART OF THE FY 2007 HOMELAND APPROPRIATIONS ACT]

    H.R. 4517 amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to restore Federal aid for the repair, 
restoration, and replacement of private nonprofit educational 
facilities damaged or destroyed by a major disaster.
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    TO AMEND THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER ACT TO AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL 
 APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 
                          FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007

                               H.R. 5187

                          (Public Law 109-306)

    H.R. 5187 amends the John F. Kennedy Center Act to 
authorize additional appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007 to the 
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 
maintenance, repair, and security account and the capital 
projects account. This increase aligns the authorized amounts 
with those requested by the President in the Fiscal Year 2007 
budget. This bill passed the House on July 25, 2006.
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        PETS EVACUATION AND TRANSPORTATION STANDARDS ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 3858

                          (Public Law 109-308)

    H.R. 3858, also known as the PETS Act, amends the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to 
require the Director of FEMA to ensure that state and local 
emergency preparedness operational plans take into account the 
needs of individuals with household pets and service animals 
following a major disaster or emergency. To qualify for FEMA 
funding, a jurisdiction is required to submit a plan detailing 
their disaster preparedness plan. The PETS Act ensures that the 
needs of individuals with household pets and service animals 
are considered when preparedness plans are developed. H.R. 
3858, as amended, also permits FEMA to fund structures that 
will accommodate people with pets and service animals and 
provide essential needs to pets and service animals following a 
disaster. This bill passed the House, as amended, on September 
20, 2006.
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           CARROLL A. CAMPBELL, JR. UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

                               H.R. 5546

                          (Public Law 109-331)

    H.R. 5546, as amended, designates the Federal Courthouse to 
be constructed in Greenville, South Carolina, as the ``Carroll 
A. Campbell, Jr. United States Courthouse.'' The bill honors 
former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Carroll A. 
Campbell, Jr. who passed away in 2005. In 1970, Governor 
Campbell's political career began with his election to the 
South Carolina House of Representatives, and later served in 
the South Carolina Senate. He served in the United States House 
of Representatives from 1979 until his election as Governor in 
1986. As Governor of South Carolina, Campbell coordinated his 
state's response to Hurricane Hugo and lured large industry to 
the state. After two terms in office, Governor Campbell was 
prevented from seeking a third term. In 2001 Governor Campbell 
was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Governor Campbell 
passed away after a severe heart attack on December 7, 2005. 
This bill passed the House on September 27, 2006.
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    WILLIAM M. STEGER FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 5606


                          (Public Law 109-332)

    H.R. 5606, designates the Federal building and United 
States Courthouse located at 221 and 211 West Ferguson Street 
in Tyler, Texas, as the ``William M. Steger Federal Building 
and United States Courthouse.'' The Act honors William Steger, 
who served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District 
of Texas and was appointed to the Federal bench in 1970. Judge 
Steger's service began in 1941, when he joined the Army Air 
Corps the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By 1952, Judge 
Steger was a seasoned attorney and appointed to serve as the 
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas by 
President Eisenhower. Judge Steger's career as a judge began in 
1970, with an appointment to the Federal bench by President 
Nixon. During his tenure, he closed more than 6,500 cases, 
issued several landmark decisions, and was rarely reversed on 
appeal. Judge Steger passed away June 4, 2006. This bill passed 
the House on September 27, 2006.
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    JOHN F. SEIBERLING FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 6051


                          (Public Law 109-335)

    H.R. 6051, as amended, designates the Federal building and 
United States Courthouse located at 2 South Main Street in 
Akron, Ohio, as the ``John F. Seiberling Federal Building and 
United States Courthouse''. John Seiberling was born in 1918 in 
Akron, Ohio. He received his degree from Harvard University and 
his law degree from Columbia School of Law. After four years of 
duty with the United States Army during World War II, 
Seiberling began a career in private practice. After more than 
20 years as an attorney, Seiberling was elected to the 92nd 
Congress and served in the United States House of 
Representatives for 16 years as a Representative of the 14th 
District of Ohio. During his eight terms in the United States 
Congress, Representative Seiberling led the fight to establish 
some of our country's most important urban parks, and has 
received the title of ``patron saint'' of many of our national 
parks. This bill passed the House on September 27, 2006.
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           JOHN MILTON BRYAN SIMPSON UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                                H.R. 315


                          (Public Law 109-339)

    H.R. 315 designates the United States Courthouse at 300 
North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, Florida, as the John Milton 
Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse. Born in Kissimmee, 
Florida, John Simpson progressed through, what would be called 
by any reasonable person, a long, distinguished, and publicly 
oriented career. After receiving his law degree from the 
University of Florida and seven years in private practice, John 
Simpson began what would result in a career in public service 
spanning 54 years. He began as an Assistant State's Attorney, 
served two years in the United States Army during World War II, 
and was a State Judge for nine years before being nominated to 
the Federal bench in 1950. He served as Chief Judge for three 
different Courts, the Southern and Middle District Courts of 
Florida and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He served on 
the Conference of Chief Judges for three years. During his 
tenure on the bench, he was also instrumental in the move 
toward desegregation in Northern Florida during the late 1950s 
and early 1960s. This bill passed the House on February 8, 
2005.
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          JUSTIN W. WILLIAMS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S BUILDING


                               H.R. 1463


                          (Public Law 109-341)

    H.R. 1463 designates a portion of the Federal building 
located at 2100 Jamieson Avenue, in Alexandria, Virginia, as 
the ``Justin W. Williams United States Attorney's Building''. 
Born in New York City, in 1942, Justin Williams earned his 
Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in 1963, and his law 
degree from the University of Virginia in 1967. After 
graduation, Justin Williams embarked upon his legal career. 
From 1967, until 1986, he worked for the Criminal Division of 
the Department of Justice and served as Assistant 
Commonwealth's Attorney in Arlington County and Assistant 
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 
based in Alexandria. In 1986, Justin Williams was appointed 
Chief of the Criminal Division and served in that capacity 
until his death. Justin Williams passed away August 31, 2003. 
This bill passed the House on April 13, 2005.
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                     CLYDE S. CAHILL MEMORIAL PARK


                               H.R. 1556


                          (Public Law 109-342)

    H.R. 1556 designates a parcel of land located on the site 
of the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. 
Louis, Missouri, as the ``Clyde S. Cahill Memorial Park.'' 
Judge Cahill, who passed away in 2004, was the first African 
American to be appointed to the United States District Court 
for the Eastern District of Missouri. After serving in the 
United States Air Force during World War II and acquiring a law 
degree from St. Louis University Law School, Judge Cahill 
engaged in the private practice of law in 1951. From 1958 
through 1968, he served as chief legal advisor to the Missouri 
NAACP and while with the NAACP, he filed the first lawsuit in 
Missouri to implement the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. 
Board of Education helping to end school segregation in 
Missouri. Judge Cahill was appointed to the United States 
District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in 1980. 
Judge Cahill had a reputation for being courteous and 
compassionate. This bill passed the House on September 27, 
2006.
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                   KIKA DE LA GARZA FEDERAL BUILDING


                                H.R 2322


                          (Public Law 109-343)

    H.R. 2322 designates the Federal building located at 320 
North Main Street in McAllen, Texas, as the ``Kika de la Garza 
Federal Building.'' The bill honors former Congressman de la 
Garza from Texas, who served in the United States House of 
Representatives for 32 years. Congressman de la Garza started 
his career of civil service early when he enlisted in the 
United States Navy at age 17. After his military service, he 
earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. 
Following law school, he was elected to the Texas House of 
Representatives where he served the state for six consecutive 
terms. Congressman de la Garza was elected in 1964,to the 
United States House of Representatives. During his 32 years of 
service in Washington, de la Garza accomplished countless goals 
and participated in a number of historic events including the 
creation of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He also served 
as the first Hispanic Chair of a Congressional Committee. This 
bill passed the House on September 27, 2006.
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         SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR EVERY PORT ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 4954


                          (Public Law 109-347)

    H.R. 4954, the Security and Accountability for Every Port 
Act of 2006 (SAFE Port Act) includes a number of measures 
within the Subcommittee's jurisdiction. The bill includes the 
Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act of 2005 (WARN Act), 
which gives the Federal Communications Commission the tools it 
needs to encourage wireless communications providers to 
participate in the Emergency Alert System. This is a critical 
step in strengthening and modernizing our Nation's emergency 
alert system. The SAFE Port Act also makes a number of 
improvements to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act. It provides for medical monitoring of 
emergency response providers by the Department of Health and 
Human Services. Additionally, the Act ensures that the Chemical 
Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and the Radiological 
Emergency Preparedness Program are administered by the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency. This bill passed the House on May 
4, 2006,and the conference report was approved by the House on 
September 30, 2006.
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                          ANDRES TORO BUILDING


                               H.R. 5026


                          (Public Law 109-348)

    H.R. 5026 designates the Investigations Building of the 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located at 466 Fernandez 
Juncos Avenue in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the ``Andres Toro 
Building.'' Andres Toro was the Director of the Compliance 
Division of the FDA San Juan District Office. He joined the FDA 
in 1977 as an investigator in the San Juan District office and 
worked his way up the ranks to Director of the Compliance 
Division. He is the first and only Puerto Rican to have risen 
to this high government rank in the FDA without taking a 
position off the island. He received many awards along the way. 
Mr. Toro played a major role in some of the most unprecedented 
regulatory cases the FDA has initiated against the food and 
drug industry. He was known for his dedication and commitment 
in preserving and protecting public health. This bill passed 
the House on September 27, 2006.
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 FEDERAL AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT REAL PROPERTY ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 3699


                          (Public Law 109-396)

    H.R. 3699, as amended, authorizes the exchange of Federal 
land between the Department of Interior's National Park Service 
and the District of Columbia. Under a transfer of jurisdiction, 
the Federal government retains ownership of the property and 
the District is given authority to maintain and administer the 
property. Transferring this land allows the District to utilize 
the lands for development, to increase its tax base and 
decrease financial dependence on the Federal government. Many 
of the parcels in H.R. 3699 are underutilized or neglected and 
consequently the transfer helps the Federal government manage 
existing properties by reducing maintenance backlogs. These 
lands are not currently providing substantial value and their 
transfer to the District allows taxpayer dollars to be spent on 
maintaining more beneficial properties. This bill passed the 
House, as amended, on September 30, 2006, and passed the Senate 
on November 16, 2006.
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                         DAM SAFETY ACT OF 2006


                           S. 2735/H.R. 4981


                          (Public Law 109-460)

    S. 2735 and H.R. 4981, as amended, reauthorize the National 
Dam Safety Program for five years, through Fiscal Year 2011. 
The National Dam Safety Program, administered by the FEMA, was 
established to improve safety and security around dams. The 
program provides assistance grants to state dam safety agencies 
to assist them in improving their regulatory programs, 
training, and research, and to create a National Inventory of 
Dams.
    H.R. 4981, as amended, passed the House on September 27, 
2006. S. 2735 passed the Senate on December 6, 2006, and passed 
the House on December 8, 2006.
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                           Other Legislation

    In addition to numerous bills enacted into law, the 
Subcommittee reported a number of concurrent resolutions 
authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds. Additionally, the 
Subcommittee held hearings and reported several bills that 
passed the House but did not pass the Senate. The Subcommittee 
also supported bills that were discharged from Committee 
consideration and approved by the House.

                         Concurrent Resolutions


                   GREATER WASHINGTON SOAP BOX DERBY

                            H. CON. RES. 86

    House Concurrent Resolution 86 authorized the use of the 
Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby 
qualifying races held on June 18, 2005. The races took place on 
Constitution Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Third Street, 
NW. The winners of the races, Robbie Reuss, Michelle Gregos, 
and Michael DeYoung went on to represent the Washington 
Metropolitan Area at the National finals, held in Akron, Ohio.

    DISTRICT OF CLOLUMBIA SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

                            H. CON. RES. 135

    House Concurrent Resolution 135 authorized the 2005 
District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run 
to be conducted through the grounds of the Capitol on June 10, 
2005. The Capitol Police hosted the opening ceremonies for the 
run starting on Capitol Hill. Over 2,000 law enforcement 
representatives from local and Federal law enforcement agencies 
in the Washington, DC area carried the Special Olympics Torch 
in honor of over 2,500 Special Olympians who participated in 
this annual event to show their support of the Special 
Olympics.

               NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL SERVICE

                            H. CON. RES. 136

    House Concurrent Resolution 136 authorized the use of the 
Capitol Grounds for the 24th Annual National Peace Officers' 
Memorial Service, held on May 15, 2005. The service was in 
honor of the Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers 
killed in the line of duty in 2004.

AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR AN EVENT TO COMMEMORATE 
             THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILLION MAN MARCH

                            H. CON. RES. 161

    House Concurrent Resolution 161 authorized the use of the 
Capitol Grounds on October 15, 2005, for activities associated 
with the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Million 
Man March.

                   GREATER WASHINGTON SOAP BOX DERBY

                            H. CON. RES. 349

    House Concurrent Resolution 349 authorized the use of the 
Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby 
qualifying races held on June 17, 2006. The races took place on 
Constitution Avenue between Delaware Avenue and Third Street, 
NW.
    The winners of the races, Oliver Schaller, Elise Keitz, and 
Michelle Gregos, went on to represent the Washington 
Metropolitan Area at the National finals, held in Akron, Ohio.

    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

                            H. CON. RES. 359

    House Concurrent Resolution 359 authorized the 2006 
District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run 
to be conducted through the grounds of the Capitol on June 9, 
2006. The Capitol Police hosted the opening ceremonies for the 
run starting on Capitol Hill.

               NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL SERVICE

                            H. CON. RES. 360

    House Concurrent Resolution 360 authorized the use of the 
Capitol Grounds for the 25th Annual National Peace Officers' 
Memorial Service, held on May 15, 2006. The service was in 
honor of the Federal, State and local law enforcement officers 
killed in the line of duty in 2005.

 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION HONORING AND MEMORIALIZING THE PASSENGERS AND 
                   CREW OF UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93

                            S. CON. RES. 26

    Senate Concurrent Resolution 26 honors and memorializes the 
passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 for their 
decisive actions and efforts of bravery on September 11, 2001. 
The resolution directs the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives and other specified Congressional officials to 
select an appropriate memorial in the United States Capitol to 
honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who saved the United 
States Capitol from possible destruction.

                           House Resolutions


                       (Summaries of Resolutions)


 EXPRESSING THE CONDOLENCES OF THE NATION TO THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE 
   KATRINA, COMMENDING THE RESILIENCY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATES OF 
LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, AND ALABAMA, AND COMMITTING TO STAND BY THEM IN 
                     THE RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORT

                              H. RES. 425

    House Resolution 425 declares that the House of 
Representatives expresses the condolences of the Nation to the 
victims of Hurricane Katrina, commends the resiliency and 
courage of the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama 
and commits to provide the necessary resources and to stand by 
the people of such states in the relief, recovery, and 
rebuilding efforts.

    RELATING TO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES ON 
                           SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

                              H. RES. 427

    House Resolution 427 extends the deepest sympathies of the 
House of Representatives to the thousands of innocent victims 
of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, their families, 
friends, and loved ones, to salute those who placed themselves 
in harm's way, often at the risk of their lives, and to honor 
those who are involved in the struggle against terror. The 
resolution also vows that the House will continue to take 
whatever actions necessary to identify, intercept, and disrupt 
terrorists and their activities.

  DESIGNATING ROOM H-139 OF THE CAPITOL AS THE ``HENRY J. HYDE ROOM''

                              H. RES. 1087

    House Resolution 1087 designates room H-139 of the Capitol 
as the ``Henry J. Hyde Room''. This resolution shall take 
effect on January 3, 2007. In 1975, Congressman Henry Hyde was 
elected to the House of Representatives. He was reelected to 
each succeeding Congress until his retirement after the 109th 
Congress. As Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and the 
Committee on International Relations, he authored 
groundbreaking and effective legislation and pushed for the 
promotion of democracy around the world. The resolution passed 
the House on December 5, 2006.

                     Bills Passed by the House Only


                          (Summaries of Bills)


        TONY HALL FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                                H.R. 548

    H.R. 548 designates the Federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 200 West 2nd Street in Dayton, Ohio, as 
the ``Tony Hall Federal Building and United States 
Courthouse''. Congressman Hall was born in Dayton, Ohio, on 
January 16, 1942. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 
1960, and from Denison University in 1964. After graduation, 
Congressman Hall served for two years in the United States 
Peace Corps. From 1969 to 1972, Congressman Hall served in the 
Ohio General Assembly. He was then elected to serve in the Ohio 
Senate from 1973 until 1978, at which time he was elected to 
the United States House of Representatives. During his time in 
the House, Congressman Hall was an outspoken advocate for 
combating world hunger, protecting human rights, and promoting 
humanitarian causes--including basic education, adult literacy, 
immunization and other child survival programs, and sustainable 
agriculture in developing countries. Congressman Hall served as 
Chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger from 1989, 
until it was abolished in 1993, then fasted for 22 days to draw 
worldwide attention to the scourge of hunger. He served on the 
Rules Committee in addition to numerous other committee 
assignments. In 2002, Congressman Hall resigned his seat to 
accept appointment as United States Ambassador to the United 
Nations food and agriculture agencies. This bill passed the 
House on February 8, 2005.
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      FASTER AND SMARTER FUNDING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 1544


               [PASSED BY THE HOUSE AS PART OF H.R. 1817]

    The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It 
requires the creation of a task force to set up standards for 
first responders. H.R. 1544 clarifies appropriate uses for 
first responder grant money and establishes a new distribution 
formula for that money. This bill was originally reported by 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure during the 
108th Congress on June 6, 2004, and was reintroduced and passed 
the House during the 109th Congress. This bill passed the House 
on May 18, 2005.
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 TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN BUILDINGS OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND 
                               PREVENTION


                               H.R. 4500

    H.R. 4500 designates the Headquarters and Emergency 
Operations Center building (Building 21) and the Global 
Communications Center building (Building 19) of the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located at 1600 Clifton 
Road in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``Rosa Parks Headquarters and 
Emergency Operations Center Building'' and the ``Mother Teresa 
Global Communications Center Building,'' respectively.
    Rosa Parks is most well known as the ``mother of the civil 
rights movement.'' In 1955, she defiantly refused to give up 
her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, inspiring 
further civil disobedience. Rosa Parks' dedication to fight for 
social and economic justice continued well beyond that 
monumental day in 1955, as she spent the remainder of her life 
fighting against all forms of discrimination. Rosa Parks 
received numerous awards for her contributions to the civil 
rights movement, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 
and the Congressional Gold Medal. Rosa Parks passed away 
October 24, 2005.
    Mother Teresa spent her life assisting those in poverty in 
Calcutta, India, and throughout Central Asia. Her inspiration 
started a movement of volunteers who continue to spread her 
message and ministry throughout the world. Today, over 100,000 
volunteers in 123 countries participate in Mother Teresa's 
Missionaries of Charity program, bringing hope and aid to the 
sick and dying. Mother Teresa received numerous awards and 
recognition for her humble acts of kindness, including the 
Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Mother Teresa died in 1997. This 
bill passed the House on December 13, 2005.

        SCOTT REED FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE


                               H.R. 4530

    H.R. 4530 designates the Federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 101 Barr Street in Lexington, Kentucky, 
as the ``Scott Reed Federal Building and United States 
Courthouse''. Judge Scott Reed was born in Lexington, Kentucky, 
on July 3, 1921. He graduated from Henry Clay High School, and 
the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he received 
many honors. During his years as a private attorney, he 
distinguished himself as a trial lawyer of great integrity. His 
career as a jurist began in 1964, when he became a Fayette 
Circuit Court Judge. Five years later he was elected to the 
Kentucky Court of Appeals, where he sat for more than seven 
years. During the mid-1970s, Kentucky's judicial system 
experienced a significant reorganization, with the creation of 
the new Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Reed played an 
instrumental role in the reorganization and was elected to 
serve as the first Chief Justice of Kentucky in 1976. He was 
considered a strict interpreter of Kentucky's constitution and 
a staunch advocate of the separation of the judiciary from the 
other branches of government. In 1979, he was named United 
States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He 
served as United States District Judge until he retired in 
1990. Judge Scott Reed passed away in 1994. This bill passed 
the House on May 22, 2006.
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 TO PROVIDE FOR THE CONDITIONAL CONVEYANCE OF ANY INTEREST RETAINED BY 
 THE UNITED STATES IN ST. JOSEPH MEMORIAL HALL IN ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN


                               H.R. 4700

    H.R. 4700 conveys an interest retained by the United States 
in the St. Joseph Memorial Hall in St. Joseph, Michigan. The 
St. Joseph Memorial Hall's use is limited by a deed restriction 
placed on the property by the Federal government more then 60 
years ago. While similar deed restrictions in the city have 
been lifted, the restriction on Memorial Hall remains, making 
it impossible for redevelopment of the neighborhood to 
continue. This bill merely completes a land transfer between 
the Federal government and the City of St. Joseph, Michigan, 
which began back in May 1935. St. Joseph city officials have 
requested this transfer as the city is finalizing redevelopment 
plans for the downtown which would utilize the parcel of land 
and the building. The city will pay $10,000 to the General 
Services Administration for the transfer. H.R. 4700 passed the 
House on May 3, 2006.

                     Bills Passed by the Committee


                          (Summaries of Bills)


                    GULF COAST RECOVERY ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 4438

    H.R. 4438 addresses the most time sensitive obstacles to 
recovery in the areas of the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita and will provide the foundation for the long-
term successful recovery of the region. The bill allows the 
President to provide assistance to financially distressed State 
and local governments to cover expenses for some essential 
response and recovery personnel in order to aid local 
governments facing tax revenue shortfalls due to the disasters. 
H.R. 4438 also extends the eligible period of disaster relief 
unemployment to 52 weeks, sets the Federal cost share at a 
minimum of 75 percent for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 
(HMGP), restores the HMGP funding to 15 percent, creates a new 
grant program to improve interoperability and survivability of 
emergency communications systems, and amends the Community 
Disaster Loan Act to allow local governments to receive loans 
of up to 50 percent of the local government's budget. H.R. 4438 
was favorably reported to the House from the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure on December 7, 2005.

                                Hearings

    During the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee held a number 
of hearings and other meetings on topics within its 
jurisdiction, oversight hearings on issues of concern to the 
Subcommittee, and on legislation developed by the Subcommittee 
and proposals made by Members of Congress not on the Committee.
    On March 17, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on ``The 
Administration's Strengthening America's Communities Initiative 
and Its Impact on Economic Development.'' In advance of the 
release of the Fiscal Year 2006 budget, the Administration 
announced a new initiative entitled ``Strengthening America's 
Communities.'' This new initiative proposed to consolidate a 
number of existing community and economic development grant 
programs into one new grant program housed at the Department of 
Commerce. The Subcommittee received testimony on the proposed 
consolidation of programs from the Honorable David A. Sampson, 
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development; Ms. 
Anne Habiby, Inner City Economic Forum; Mr. Ken Jones, First 
Vice-President, National Association of Development 
Organizations and Executive Director of the Lower Rio Grande 
Valley Development Council; Mr. Charles Fluharty, Director, 
University of Missouri's Rural Policy Research Institute; Mr. 
Edward M. Silvetti, Executive Director, Southern Alleghenies 
Planning and Development Commission; and Robert A. Anspach, 
Mayor, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
    On April 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on ``The 
National Preparedness System: What Are We Preparing For?'' 
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the 
Department of Homeland Security was created and tasked with the 
responsibility to develop a new and comprehensive National 
Preparedness System. The Subcommittee held a hearing to examine 
the progress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
focus on terrorism at the expense of natural disaster 
preparedness. The Subcommittee received testimony from Mr. 
Corey D. Gruber, Associate Director, Office for Domestic 
Preparedness, DHS; Mr. Gil Jamieson, Director, NIMS Integration 
Center, DHS; Mr. David E. Liebersbach, President, National 
Emergency Management Association and Director, Division of 
Homeland Security and Emergency Management, State of Alaska; 
Chief John Buckman, Past President, International Association 
of Fire Chiefs and Fire Chief, German Township, Indiana; 
Captain John P. Salle, International Association of Chiefs of 
Police; Mr. Armond Mascelli, Vice President, Emergency 
Response, American Red Cross; Mr. Dewayne West, Vice Chairman, 
Emergency Management Accreditation Program Commission, 
President, International Association of Emergency Managers and 
Director, Emergency Management, Johnson County, North Carolina.
    On June 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on ``The 
Judiciary's Ability to Pay for Current and Future Space 
Needs.'' Over the past 20 years, the Judiciary's personnel, 
office space, appropriation and caseload have increased 
significantly. As a result, the Judiciary commits an ever-
increasing proportion of its budget to securing space needed to 
accommodate its growth. To reverse this trend and commit a 
larger proportion of funds to personnel, the Judiciary 
requested that the Administrator of the General Services 
Administration permanently waive roughly one-half of the 
Judiciary's more than $900+ million annual rental obligation to 
the Federal Buildings Fund. The purpose of this hearing was to 
better understand how the current situation with the Judiciary 
developed, to evaluate the potential repercussions of the 
Judiciary's waiver request, and to explore alternative 
solutions. The Subcommittee received testimony from Mr. Mark 
Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government 
Accountability Office; Honorable Jane R. Roth, Judge, United 
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chairman, 
Judicial Conference Committee on Security and Facilities; Mr. 
F. Joseph Moravec, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service; and 
Mr. Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director, Administrative Office of 
the United States Courts and Secretary, Judicial Conference of 
the United States.
    On July 26, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
``Honoring the Protectors of the Capitol: The Passengers and 
Crew of Flight 93.'' On the morning of September 11, 2001, 
United Airlines flight 93 departed from Newark, New Jersey, 
bound for San Francisco, California. Just 46 minutes into the 
flight, four terrorists hijacked Flight 93, took control of the 
aircraft, and turned it 180 degrees to head east towards 
Washington, DC. The passengers and crew members of Flight 93 
phoned relatives from the sky, and learned of the attacks that 
had already occurred, including the two planes that had struck 
the World Trade Center towers in New York City. Based on this 
knowledge and the belief that the terrorists aboard the flight 
were involved in the same plot, the passengers and crew 
attempted to retake the plane and in doing so, averted a 
potential attack on the United States Capitol. The terrorists 
crashed the plane into an empty field in Shanksville, 
Pennsylvania, killing 40 innocent passengers and crew. The 
purpose of this hearing was to both honor those that died in 
possible defense of the United States Capitol, and also to 
explore legislative and creative options for how to honor them 
through a memorial. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Mr. Alan Hantman, Architect of the Capitol; Mr. Hamilton 
Peterson, President, Families of Flight 93; Dr. Brent Glass, 
Member, Flight 93 Memorial Advisory Commission and Director, 
Smithsonian Museum of American History; Mr. Ken Nacke, Family 
Member of a Passenger on Flight 93; Mr. Clay Mankamyer and Mrs. 
Mary Alice Mankamyer, Residents of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 
and Ambassadors at the Shanksville Memorial Site.
    On October 6, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
``Recovering after Katrina: Ensuring that Federal Emergency 
Management Agency is up to the task?'' On the morning of August 
29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a Category Four hurricane, made 
landfall in Southeastern Louisiana. Damage directly from the 
storm was felt in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, 
Florida, and Tennessee, though Louisiana and Mississippi 
received the brunt of the storm. Recovery efforts were hampered 
by a number of problems. The Subcommittee received testimony on 
the concerns raised by state and local officials on recovery 
and possible solutions from the Honorable Richard Baker, United 
States Congressman (LA-06); Mr. Ken Burris, Chief Operating 
Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Mr. Richard 
Skinner, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; 
Mr. Henry ``Junior'' Rodriguez, President, St. Bernard Parish; 
Mr. Kent Buckley, Director, Emergency Management and Homeland 
Security Coordinator, Bolivar County, Mississippi; Ms. Janice 
Kilgore, CEM Director, Escambia County Public Safety; Mr. Bob 
Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education; and Mr. 
Albert Ashwood, Vice President, National Emergency Management 
Association.
    On October 18, 2005, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing 
with the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on ``A 
Vision and Strategy for Rebuilding New Orleans.'' Hurricane 
Katrina devastated the nation's Gulf coast in August 2005, 
destroying homes, businesses, highways, bridges, levees, and 
other critical infrastructure. The purpose of this hearing was 
to receive testimony on how to rebuild New Orleans in the wake 
of Hurricane Katrina, and allow those directly impacted by 
Hurricane Katrina the opportunity to inform Congress of how to 
tailor assistance and hurricane protection projects to best 
suit their needs. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Honorable Richard Baker; Honorable William J. Jefferson; 
Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor, State of 
Louisiana; Honorable C. Ray Nagin, Mayor, New Orleans, 
Louisiana; Honorable Mitchell J. Landrieu, Lieutenant Governor, 
State of Louisiana; Mr. Wynton Marsalis, Musician, New York, 
New York; Mr. Mtumishi St. Julien, Executive Director, The 
Finance Authority, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mr. Paul Farmer, 
Executive Director, American Planning Association, Washington, 
DC; Mr. J. Stephen Perry, President and CEO, New Orleans 
Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans, 
Louisiana; Mr. Gary P. LaGrange, President and CEO, Port of New 
Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mr. John Felmy, Chief 
Economist, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC; Mr. 
Jerome Ringo, Chair, National Wildlife Federation, Lake 
Charles, Louisiana; and Mr. Michael C. Voisin, Owner and 
General Manager, Motivatit Seafoods, Inc., Houma, Louisiana.
    On November 3, 2005, the Committee held a legislative 
hearing on ``Legislative Proposals in Response to Hurricane 
Katrina.'' The objective of this hearing was to examine how 
legislation related to the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency's structure, the oversight of disaster relief and 
recovery spending, public assistance and individual and 
household assistance programs, flood insurance, recovery/
rebuilding proposals, and cash flow problems can improve and 
expedite recovery from major catastrophic disasters. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from several United States 
Congressmen including the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, Honorable 
Jim Kolbe, Honorable Todd Platts, Honorable Robert Menendez, 
Honorable Earl Blumenauer, Honorable Jean Schmidt, Honorable 
Mark Foley, Honorable Mark Udall, Honorable Tom Lantos, 
Honorable Christopher Shays, Honorable Bobby Jindal, Honorable 
Clay Shaw, and Honorable Chip Pickering.
    On February 16, 2006, the Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled ``Disasters and the Department of Homeland Security: 
Where Do We Go From Here?'' At this hearing, the Committee 
discussed the key findings of the Federal government's 
inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina and Department of 
Homeland Security's (DHS) perspective on improving emergency 
management capabilities and readiness at the Federal, state, 
and local levels. The Committee received testimony from DHS 
Secretary Michael Chertoff.
    On February 23, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
in Whittier, California, on ``The Big One: How Do We Ensure a 
Robust Federal Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the Los 
Angeles Region?'' The response to Hurricane Katrina revealed a 
number of failures and shortcomings in the Federal, State, and 
local response to a catastrophic disaster. The purpose of this 
hearing was to solicit state and local government input for 
improving the Federal government's capability and readiness in 
responding to catastrophic disasters, as well as for enhancing 
state and local response capabilities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Dr. Lucy Jones, United States 
Geological Survey; Mr. Ellis M. Stanley, Sr., CEM, City of Los 
Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department; Ms. Ann-Marie 
Hayashi, City of Whittier Emergency Services; and Mr. Henry 
Renteria, Director, California Office of Emergency Services.
    On February 24, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
in St. Louis, Missouri, on ``How Do We Ensure a Robust Federal 
Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the New Madrid 
Region?'' The response to Hurricane Katrina revealed a number 
of failures and shortcomings in the Federal, State, and local 
response to a catastrophic disaster. The purpose of this 
hearing was to solicit state and local government input for 
improving the Federal government's capability and readiness in 
responding to catastrophic disasters, as well as for enhancing 
state and local response capabilities. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Mr. Jim Wilkinson, Central United 
States Earthquake Consortium; Dr. Eugene ``Buddy'' Schweig, 
United States Geological Survey; Mr. Michael S. Pawlowski, 
Federal Emergency Management Agency; Mr. Ronald Reynolds, 
Director, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency; Mr. 
William C. Burke, Director, Illinois Emergency Management 
Agency; and the Honorable James Talent, United States Senate.
    On March 30, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
General Services Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 Capital 
Investment and Leasing Program (CILP). The hearing covered all 
aspects of the CILP including the alteration/modernization and 
construction portions. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Mr. David Winstead, Commissioner of the Public Buildings 
Service of the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA 
requested new authority totaling $489.8 million for design, 
modernization, repair, and alteration of 18 Federal buildings. 
This includes $465 million for Basic Repairs and Alterations 
projects and $24.8 million for the design of future projects. 
GSA requested $520.1 million in new authority for the 
construction of new facilities. This includes $383.9 million to 
support the consolidation of the Coast Guard in Washington, DC. 
No money was requested in the Fiscal Year 2007 program for 
construction of new judicial facilities. Additionally, 15 lease 
prospectuses were considered.
    On June 22, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on ``The Future of the Federal Courthouse Construction 
Program: Results of a Government Accountability Office Study on 
the Judiciary's Rental Obligations.'' After requests by the 
Judiciary that the Administrator of the General Services 
Administration (GSA) permanently waive roughly one-half of the 
Judiciary's $940 million annual rental obligation to the 
Federal Buildings Fund, the Subcommittee requested the 
Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct an investigation 
into the rent and space increases of the Judiciary. The purpose 
of this hearing was to help the Committee better understand the 
current problems with managing judicial facilities and the 
results of the study as well as recommendations for the future 
of the courthouse construction program. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Mr. Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO; Honorable Jane R. Roth, Judge, 
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and 
Chairman, Judicial Conference Committee on Security and 
Facilities; and Mr. David L. Winstead, Commissioner, Public 
Buildings Service, GSA.
    On July 12, 2006, the Subcommittee held a legislative 
hearing on ``The Reauthorization of the Appalachian Regional 
Commission and Legislative Proposals to Create Additional 
Regional Economic Development Authorities.'' Over the past 40 
years, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has 
significantly improved economic conditions in the Appalachian 
region. The purpose of this hearing was to assess the progress 
of the ARC's programs in preparation for reauthorization 
beginning in Fiscal Year 2007, and examine legislative 
proposals to create additional regional economic development 
authorities, including the Northeast Regional Development 
Commission, the Southeast Crescent Authority, and the Southwest 
Regional Border Authority. The Subcommittee received testimony 
from Ms. Anne B. Pope, Federal Co-Chair, ARC; Mr. Steve 
Robertson, Commissioner, State of Kentucky Governor's Office 
for Local Development, ARC; Mr. Edward Silvetti, Executive 
Director, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development 
Commission and National Association of Development 
Organizations; Mr. Jonathan Daniels, President and CEO, Eastern 
Maine Development Corporation; Mr. Albert A. Delia, President 
and CEO, North Carolina Eastern Region and Director, Federal 
Relations, East Carolina University; Mr. Jake Brisbin, Jr., 
Executive Director, Rio Grande Council of Governments.
    On July 26, 2006 the Subcommittee held a legislative 
hearing on ``Proposed Amendments to and Reauthorization of the 
National Dam Safety Program Act.'' In 1972, Congress directed 
the Secretary of the Army to undertake a national program on 
the inspection of dams (Public Law 92-367). The Water Resources 
Development Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-303) amended that Act 
to establish the National Dam Safety Program as a partnership 
of the States, Federal agencies and other stakeholders to 
encourage individual and community responsibility for dam 
safety. Since its creation, the National Dam Safety Program has 
helped to mitigate the risk of dam failure by providing 
technical and financial assistance to state dam safety 
officials. This hearing was held in order to receive testimony 
on the benefits of the program, the need for reauthorization, 
and proposed reforms. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Mr. David Maurstad, Director, Mitigation Division and Federal 
Insurance Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency; 
Mr. Steven L. Stockton, Deputy Director, Civil Works, United 
States Army Corps of Engineers; Mr. David P. Kelly, County 
Legislator, District 23, Dutchess County, New York; Ms. Ruth A. 
Moore, Deputy Commissioner, Natural Resources and Water 
Quality, State of New York Department of Environmental 
Conservation; Mr. Larry Roth, Deputy Executive Director, 
American Society of Civil Engineers; and Mr. Kenneth Smith, 
President, Association of State Dam Safety Officials and 
Assistant Director of Indiana Department of Natural Resources 
Division of Water.

               GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REQUESTS

    In addition to requests for testimony at hearings held by 
the Subcommittee and legislative mandates included in enacted 
laws, the Subcommittee requested the Government Accountability 
Office (GAO) conduct a study and publish a report on the 
Administrative Office of the United States Courts' management 
and financial controls over its rental accounts, recent trends 
in the judiciary's rent payments and square footage occupied 
and challenges the judiciary faces in managing its rent costs. 
The subsequent report entitled ``Federal Courthouses: Rent 
Increases Due to New Space and Growing Energy and Security 
Costs Require Better Tracking and Management'' was published 
June 2006.
    Additionally, studies and reports requested during the 
108th were completed during the 109th Congress. These included 
a request to look at issues regarding the Smithsonian 
Institution's facilities construction, repair, and alteration 
projects and to report on the impact of the Smithsonian 
Institution's facilities needs on its operating budgets. The 
report, entitled ``Impact of Smithsonian Institution's 
Facilities on Operations'', was released in April 2005. GAO was 
also requested to examine how the Department of Homeland 
Security is working with and assisting state and local first 
responders, in particular, how the Department's efforts enhance 
state and local first responders' all-hazards capacity. The 
report, entitled ``DHS Efforts to Enhance State/Local First 
Responders' All-Hazards Capacity'' was released in September 
2005.

                              Site Visits

    During the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee participated in 
a number of site visits related to topics within its 
jurisdiction, on legislation developed by the Subcommittee, and 
proposals made by Members of Congress not on the Committee. 
Site visits included a number of trips to hurricane ravaged 
states along the Gulf Coast, trips to economically distressed 
communities in the Appalachian and Delta regions, trips abroad 
to assess foreign emergency management systems, and trips 
around Washington, DC to view the federal facility requirements 
of the region.

Emergency Management

    On March 3 and 4, 2005, the Subcommittee participated in a 
site visit related to Hurricane Ivan. The trip focused on areas 
severely impacted by Hurricane Ivan in Escambia and Santa Rosa 
Counties, Florida. During July 2005, the Subcommittee also 
toured areas severely impacted by the 2004 Hurricanes in South 
Carolina, Georgia, and other parts of Florida. These visit 
contributed to the Subcommittee's assessment of Federal, state, 
and local response and recovery efforts surrounding the 2004 
Hurricane Season.
    During January 2006, the Subcommittee traveled to South 
Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi, to meet with state and 
local officials regarding the handling of past disasters and 
the future of emergency management.
    From April 7 through 15, 2006, the Subcommittee traveled 
throughout Europe to evaluate and study the emergency 
management and flood control systems of Italy, the United 
Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Information gathered during this 
trip assisted in the drafting of legislation to reform our 
country's emergency management system.
    On May 30, 2006, the Subcommittee traveled to Lake Charles, 
Louisiana, to assess the damage to Cameron Parish from 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Subcommittee met with a number 
of State and local officials, as well as victims of the storms. 
The trip focused on the immediate and future needs of the 
region as they prepared for the 2006 Hurricane season.

Economic Development

    Subcommittee staff traveled with the Delta Regional 
Authority (DRA) to inspect economic development projects 
throughout the Delta region in August of 2005 and 2006. Staff 
visited sites in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and 
Mississippi.
    Additionally, Subcommittee staff accompanied the Chairman 
to Pennsylvania and West Virginia to host two town hall 
meetings to hear concerns, opinions, and suggestions of the 
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as the Committee 
considered reauthorization. The Chairman was also accompanied 
by ARC Federal Co-Chair Ann Pope.

Public Buildings

    Subcommittee staff visited sites in and around the 
Washington Metropolitan area to better understand issues within 
the Subcommittee's public building jurisdiction. Staff visited 
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to view 
prior capital improvements and the future needs of the Center. 
Select Smithsonian facilities were toured to assess the backlog 
of maintenance, repair and restoration needs of the museums. 
Staff also toured St. Elizabeth's campus in Southwest 
Washington, DC, to examine proposals for the future use of the 
site. Additionally, staff routinely toured the progress of the 
Capitol Visitors Center.
    All third-party travel was approved in advance by the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

                       Other Oversight Activities

    During the 109th Congress the Subcommittee remained 
extremely interested in the oversight of Federal emergency 
management policies, which include the preparation, mitigation, 
response and recovery aspects of national disasters, and 
general interest in the National Capital Region.
    Additionally, the Subcommittee continued its ongoing 
oversight of activities within the National Capital Region of 
the General Services Administration, including the new 
headquarters for Department of Homeland Security, Department of 
Transportation, development of the Southeast Federal Center, 
development of St. Elizabeth's campus, and the Judiciary's 
Courthouse Construction Program.

Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and 
        Response to Hurricane Katrina

    On September 15, 2005, the House of Representatives 
approved H. Res. 437, which created the Select Bipartisan 
Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to 
Hurricane Katrina. The Committee was charged with conducting an 
investigation and report findings to the House by February 15, 
2006, regarding the development, coordination, and execution by 
local, State, and Federal authorities of emergency response 
plans and other activities in preparation for Hurricane 
Katrina, and the local, State, and Federal government response 
to Hurricane Katrina. Subcommittee Chairman Shuster served on 
the Katrina Committee.
    The Select Committee held nine hearings over the course of 
approximately three months. Select Committee Members and staff, 
including the Subcommittee staff director who was detailed to 
the Select Committee, conducted scores of interviews and 
received dozens of briefings from local, State, and Federal 
officials; non-governmental organizations; private companies 
and individuals who provided or offered external support after 
Katrina; and hurricane victims. The Committee Members and staff 
traveled to the Gulf Coast numerous times. Subcommittee staff 
assisted in the investigation and drafting of the final report 
entitled, ``A Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the 
Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for 
and Response to Hurricane Katrina.''


            PUBLIC BUILDING PROJECT RESOLUTIONS APPROVED PURSUANT TO THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS ACT OF 1959
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Date Referred              Date Approved                    Location                      Project
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        design of a 1,000,000
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility, located at the
                                                                                        West Campus of St.
                                                                                        Elizabeths Hospital in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $24,900,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Calais, ME.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of two
                                                                                        United Sates border
                                                                                        stations and renovation
                                                                                        of one United States
                                                                                        border station totaling
                                                                                        116,245 gross square
                                                                                        feet and 12 inside and
                                                                                        121 outside parking
                                                                                        spaces located in
                                                                                        Calais, Maine, at an
                                                                                        additional site cost of
                                                                                        $1,096,000 (site
                                                                                        acquisition cost of
                                                                                        $332,000 was previously
                                                                                        authorized), a new and
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $1,617,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $2,937,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,589,000, and
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $43,844,000 for
                                                                                        a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $53,4l5,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Jackman, ME....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a 61,581
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility including 12
                                                                                        inside and 28 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces located
                                                                                        in Jackman, Maine, at an
                                                                                        additional site cost of
                                                                                        $812,000 (site cost of
                                                                                        $500,000 was previously
                                                                                        authorized), additional
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $657,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $1,595,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $11,319,000
                                                                                        (management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,445,000 and
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $14,234,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $30,562,000 a prospectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends.
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated June 21, 2000,
                                                                                        which authorized
                                                                                        $619,000 for design;
                                                                                        July 18, 2001, which
                                                                                        authorized $249,000 for
                                                                                        additional design; June
                                                                                        26, 2002, which
                                                                                        authorized $753,000 for
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection and
                                                                                        $8,441,000 for
                                                                                        construction; and July
                                                                                        23, 2003, which
                                                                                        authorized $6,267,000
                                                                                        for construction and
                                                                                        $1,445,000 for site and
                                                                                        design and management
                                                                                        and inspection.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Champlain, NY..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a
                                                                                        108,500 gross square
                                                                                        foot facility including
                                                                                        381 outside parking
                                                                                        spaces located in
                                                                                        Champlain, New York, at
                                                                                        an additional site cost
                                                                                        of $241,000 (site cost
                                                                                        of $409,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $3,609,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $3,391,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        additional management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $5,231,000 (management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,519,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $43,429,000
                                                                                        (construction cost cost
                                                                                        of $32,512,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $91,341,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends the
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated July 23, 2003,
                                                                                        which authorized
                                                                                        $42,831,000 for
                                                                                        additional site, design
                                                                                        and review, management
                                                                                        and inspection, and
                                                                                        construction (including
                                                                                        $4,000,000 for site
                                                                                        acquisition and design
                                                                                        and review appropriated
                                                                                        pursuant to Public Law
                                                                                        108-7 and $3,800,000 for
                                                                                        site acquisition and
                                                                                        design and review
                                                                                        authorized by Committee
                                                                                        Resolution on November
                                                                                        7, 2001).
                           October 26, 2005.........  Massena, NY....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a 66,075
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility including ten
                                                                                        inside and 162 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces located
                                                                                        in Massena, New York, at
                                                                                        an additional site cost
                                                                                        of $458,000 (site cost
                                                                                        of $532,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $1,450,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $4,378,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        additional management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,881,000 (management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,500,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $45,994,000
                                                                                        (construction cost of
                                                                                        $8,236,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $66,429,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated June 26, 2002,
                                                                                        which authorized
                                                                                        $100,000 for site
                                                                                        acquisition and
                                                                                        $1,546,000 for design
                                                                                        and review and July 21,
                                                                                        2004, which authorized
                                                                                        $432,000 for additional
                                                                                        site, $2,832,000 for
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review, $5,040,000 for
                                                                                        additional management
                                                                                        and inspection, and
                                                                                        $48,938,000 for
                                                                                        additional construction.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Blaine, WA.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a 90,904
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility including 156
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        located in Blaine,
                                                                                        Washington, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $1,038,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $2,752,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,999,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $42,497,000 for
                                                                                        a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $56,346,000 (site
                                                                                        acquisition cost of
                                                                                        $7,060,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution is in
                                                                                        addition to a Committee
                                                                                        resolution dated July
                                                                                        23, 2003, which
                                                                                        authorized $7,060,000
                                                                                        for site acquisition and
                                                                                        $2,752,000 for design
                                                                                        and review.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Multiple locations.............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        material price increases
                                                                                        for the construction of
                                                                                        projects located in New
                                                                                        York City, New York;
                                                                                        Houston, Texas; and Cape
                                                                                        Girardeau, Missouri, at
                                                                                        an estimated additional
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $48,634,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Multiple locations.............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        for the design of
                                                                                        projects scheduled for
                                                                                        the Peachtree Summit
                                                                                        Federal Building,
                                                                                        located in Atlanta,
                                                                                        Georgia at a design cost
                                                                                        of $5,941,000; Birch
                                                                                        Bayh Federal Building
                                                                                        and United States
                                                                                        Courthouse, located in
                                                                                        Indianapolis, Indiana at
                                                                                        a design cost of
                                                                                        $1,342,000; Minton-
                                                                                        Capehart Federal
                                                                                        Building, located in
                                                                                        Indianapolis, Indiana at
                                                                                        a design cost
                                                                                        $1,923,000; IRS Customer
                                                                                        Service Center, located
                                                                                        in Andover,
                                                                                        Massachsetts; Margaret
                                                                                        Chase Smith Federal
                                                                                        Building, Post Office
                                                                                        and United States
                                                                                        Courthouse, located in
                                                                                        Bangor, Maine at a
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,587,000; Dr. A.H.
                                                                                        McCoy Federal Building,
                                                                                        located in Jackson,
                                                                                        Mississippi at a design
                                                                                        cost of $3,529,000; G.T.
                                                                                        ``Mickey'' Leland
                                                                                        Federal Building,
                                                                                        located in Houston,
                                                                                        Texas at a design cost
                                                                                        of $2,208,000; Post
                                                                                        Office and United States
                                                                                        Courthouse, located in
                                                                                        San Antonio, Texas at a
                                                                                        design cost of $500,000
                                                                                        for a total design cost
                                                                                        of $21,915,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Tucson, AZ.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the James
                                                                                        A. Walsh United States
                                                                                        Courthouse located at 38
                                                                                        South Scott Avenue, in
                                                                                        Tucson, Arizona at an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $14,029,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,107,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $17,724,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $1,588,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized).
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of of the
                                                                                        17th Street portion of
                                                                                        the Eisenhower Executive
                                                                                        Office Building located
                                                                                        at Pennsylvania Avenue
                                                                                        and 17th Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of $500,000
                                                                                        (design and review cost
                                                                                        of $5,718,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized
                                                                                        and $515,000 was
                                                                                        provided through a
                                                                                        reprogramming), an
                                                                                        additional estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $14,650,000 (estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $63,531,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized
                                                                                        and $5,718,000 was
                                                                                        provided through a
                                                                                        reprogramming), and an
                                                                                        additional management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $550,000 (management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $5,686,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized
                                                                                        and $343,000 was
                                                                                        provided through a
                                                                                        reprogramming) for a
                                                                                        total additional cost of
                                                                                        $15,700,000 and an
                                                                                        estimated total one
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $97,211,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated June 26, 2002,
                                                                                        authorizing $7,500,000
                                                                                        for design and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection and July 23,
                                                                                        2003, authorizing
                                                                                        $65,757,000 for
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection and
                                                                                        construction.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of Federal
                                                                                        Office Building 8
                                                                                        located at 2nd and C
                                                                                        Streets, SW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of $663,000
                                                                                        (design and review cost
                                                                                        of $10,062,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an additional estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $13,598,000 (estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $126,080,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $429,000 (management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $6,491,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $157,323,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated July 18, 2001,
                                                                                        authorizing $7,761,000
                                                                                        for design and July 23,
                                                                                        2003, authorizing
                                                                                        $134,872,000 for
                                                                                        additional design,
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection, and
                                                                                        construction.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the GSA
                                                                                        Heating, Operations and
                                                                                        Transmission District
                                                                                        Steam Heating System, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $1,096,000, an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $16,200,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,487,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $18,783,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Herbert C. Hoover
                                                                                        Building located at 1401
                                                                                        Constitution Avenue, NW,
                                                                                        in Washington, District
                                                                                        of Columbia, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $11,100,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $16,900,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $422,901,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $32,100,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $483,001,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Atlanta, GA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for Phase
                                                                                        II of the alteration of
                                                                                        the Martin Luther King,
                                                                                        Jr. Federal Building, in
                                                                                        Atlanta, Georgia at an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $28,137,000 and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,992,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $47,280,000 (design and
                                                                                        review, estimated
                                                                                        construction and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost for
                                                                                        Phase I totaling
                                                                                        $17,151,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized).
                           October 26, 2005.........  New York, NY...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the James
                                                                                        L. Watson United States
                                                                                        Court of Intenational
                                                                                        Trade Building at a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $720,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $8,892,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $829,000 for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $10,441,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Miami, FL......................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        the alteration of the
                                                                                        James L. King Federal
                                                                                        Building at a design and
                                                                                        review cost of $147,000,
                                                                                        an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $2,064,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $64,000 for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $2,275,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Kansas City, MO................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Winchester Center,
                                                                                        located in Kansas City,
                                                                                        Missouri, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $140,000, an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $2,278,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $148,000 for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $2,566,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Eisenhower Executive
                                                                                        Office Building, located
                                                                                        in Washington, District
                                                                                        of Columbia, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $3,118,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $4,788,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $97,183,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $17,416,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $122,505,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Atlanta, GA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Richard B. Russell
                                                                                        Federal Building,
                                                                                        located in Atlanta,
                                                                                        Georgia, at a design and
                                                                                        review cost of $375,000,
                                                                                        an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $3,730,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $142,000 for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $4,247,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Woodlawn, MD...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the Social
                                                                                        Security
                                                                                        Administration's
                                                                                        National Computer
                                                                                        Center, located in
                                                                                        Woodlawn, Maryland, at a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $407,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $8,477,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $848,000 for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $9,732,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  St. Louis, MO..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of Federal
                                                                                        Center Buildings 104/
                                                                                        105, located in St.
                                                                                        Louis, Missouri, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of $374,000
                                                                                        (design and review cost
                                                                                        of $1,635,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an additional estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $3,377,000 (estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $17,991,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $374,000 (management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,794,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $25,545,000. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee Resolution
                                                                                        dated July 21, 2001,
                                                                                        which authorized
                                                                                        $19,785,000 for
                                                                                        additional design,
                                                                                        construction, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Tampa, FL......................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the Samuel
                                                                                        M. Gibbons United States
                                                                                        Courthouse located at
                                                                                        801 North Florida
                                                                                        Avenue, Tampa, Florida
                                                                                        at an estimated design
                                                                                        cost of $815,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $7,558,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $541,000, for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $8,914,000.
                           October 26, 2005.........  St. Paul, MN...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the Warren
                                                                                        E. Burger Federal
                                                                                        Building and United
                                                                                        States Courthouse
                                                                                        located at 316 Robert
                                                                                        Street, St. Paul,
                                                                                        Minnesota, at an
                                                                                        additional estimated
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,908,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $2,591,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an additional estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $20,155,000 (estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $33,745,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,971,000 (management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,899,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $65,269,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee Resolution
                                                                                        dated July 21, 2004,
                                                                                        which authorized
                                                                                        $36,664,000 for
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        and management and
                                                                                        inspection.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 492,000 rentable
                                                                                        square feet of space for
                                                                                        the General Services
                                                                                        Administration currently
                                                                                        located in government-
                                                                                        owned space at 1800 F
                                                                                        Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $22,140,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of five years, with
                                                                                        two additional one-year
                                                                                        extensions.
                           October 26, 2005.........  San Francisco, CA..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 111,227 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 24
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        U.S. Army Corps of
                                                                                        Engineers, and other
                                                                                        agencies, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 333 Market Street, in
                                                                                        San Francisco,
                                                                                        California, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $4,341,826 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        205,388 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Department of
                                                                                        Agriculture currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 1800 M Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $9,447,848 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        311,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Department of Commerce
                                                                                        currently located at the
                                                                                        Herbert C. Hoover
                                                                                        Building in Washington,
                                                                                        District of Columbia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $14,306,000 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        115,870 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Department of Homeland
                                                                                        Security currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 801 Eye Street, NW,
                                                                                        in Washington, District
                                                                                        of Columbia, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $5,330,020 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        577,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 40 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Homeland
                                                                                        Security, United States
                                                                                        Coast Guard, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 2100 2nd Street, SW,
                                                                                        in Washington, District
                                                                                        of Columbia, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $17,310,000 for
                                                                                        a lease term of five
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        84,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 182 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Justice,
                                                                                        Drug Enforcement
                                                                                        Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 801 Eye
                                                                                        Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $3,864,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        98,096 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 55 inside
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Justice,
                                                                                        Office of Justice
                                                                                        Programs, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 810 7th Street, NW,
                                                                                        in Washington, District
                                                                                        of Columbia, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $4,512,416 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        122,496 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 17 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of State,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 515 22nd
                                                                                        Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $5,634,816 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        165,302 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 129 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of State,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 2121
                                                                                        Virginia Avenue, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $7,603,892 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        98,096 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Department of Veterans
                                                                                        Affairs, Administrative
                                                                                        Services Division,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 801 Eye
                                                                                        Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $4,512,416 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        149,526 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 34 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Federal
                                                                                        Election Commission,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 999 E
                                                                                        Street, NW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $6,878,196 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Rockville, MD..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        104,892 rentable square
                                                                                        feet for the Food and
                                                                                        Drug Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 1401
                                                                                        Rockville Pike, in
                                                                                        Rockville, Maryland, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,356,544 for a
                                                                                        lease term of five
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Boston, MA.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        232,388 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 398 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Environmental Protection
                                                                                        Agency, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at One Congress Street
                                                                                        in Boston,
                                                                                        Massachusetts, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $11,049,042 for
                                                                                        a lease term of five
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Albuquerque, NM................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        306,949 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 825 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the National
                                                                                        Nuclear Security
                                                                                        Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple locations in
                                                                                        Albuquerque, New Mexico,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $8,594,572 for a lease
                                                                                        term of 20 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Alexandria, VA.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 186,599 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 12
                                                                                        inside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Agriculture, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 3101 Park Center
                                                                                        Drive, in Alexandria,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $5,224,772 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        240,872 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 471 inside
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Defense,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 400 Army
                                                                                        Navy Drive, in
                                                                                        Arlington, Virginia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $8,830,520 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Northern Virginia..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 526,397 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 73
                                                                                        inside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Defense, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 1500 Wilson Boulevard
                                                                                        and Rosslyn Plaza North,
                                                                                        in Northern Virginia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $18,423,895 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Northern Virginia..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        593,100 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 268 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Drug
                                                                                        Enforcement
                                                                                        Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 600-700
                                                                                        Army Navy Drive, in
                                                                                        Arlington, Virginia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $21,401,700 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        authorized to lease up
                                                                                        to approximately 135,282
                                                                                        rentable square feet and
                                                                                        no parking spaces for
                                                                                        the multiple agencies
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at the
                                                                                        Ballston Metro Center,
                                                                                        901 North Stuart Street,
                                                                                        in Arlington, Virginia,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $4,734,870 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        168,468 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and no parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Commerce,
                                                                                        Patent and Trademark
                                                                                        Office, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 2809 Jefferson Davis
                                                                                        Highway, in Arlington,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $5,896,380 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Jacksonville, FL...............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        129,672 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 129 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Federal
                                                                                        Bureau of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located at
                                                                                        7820 Arlington
                                                                                        Expressway in
                                                                                        Jacksonville, Florida,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $4,668,192 for a lease
                                                                                        term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Indianapolis, IN...............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        110,531 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 142 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Federal
                                                                                        Bureau of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        both government owned
                                                                                        and leased space, in
                                                                                        Indianapolis, Indiana,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $4,200,178 for a lease
                                                                                        term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Louisville, KY.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 120,197 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 115
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        government owned and
                                                                                        leased locations in
                                                                                        Louisville, Kentucky, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $4,327,092 for a
                                                                                        lease term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Detroit, MI....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 266,200 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 271
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        government owned and
                                                                                        leased locations in
                                                                                        Detroit, Michigan, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $10,914,200 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 15
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Jackson, MS....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 109,819 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 85
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        government owned and
                                                                                        leased locations in
                                                                                        Jackson, Mississippi, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,733,846 for a
                                                                                        lease term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Omaha, NE......................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 112,337 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 85
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        leased locations in
                                                                                        Omaha, Nebraska, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $4,044,132 for a
                                                                                        lease term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Charlotte, NC..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 171,460 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 175
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        leased locations in
                                                                                        Charlotte, North
                                                                                        Carolina, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $6,001,100 for a lease
                                                                                        term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Merrifield and Arlington, VA...  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 165,000 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 106
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        in Merrifield and
                                                                                        Arlington, Virginia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $5,775,000 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Philadelphia, PA...............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 862,692 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 1,800
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of the
                                                                                        Treasury, Internal
                                                                                        Revenue Service,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple leased
                                                                                        locations in
                                                                                        Philadelphia,
                                                                                        Pennsylvania, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $29,202,124 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 20
                                                                                        years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Knoxville, TN..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 99,130 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 95
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in government
                                                                                        owned space in
                                                                                        Knoxville, Tennessee, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,097,813 for a
                                                                                        lease term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Frederick County, VA...........  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 947,000 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 1,232
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, in
                                                                                        Frederick County,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $33,145,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of 15 years.
                           October 26, 2005.........  Seattle, WA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 172,322 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 18
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Environmental Protection
                                                                                        Agency and Centers for
                                                                                        Disease Control and
                                                                                        Prevention, currently
                                                                                        located at 1200 Sixth
                                                                                        Avenue, in Seattle,
                                                                                        Washington, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $6,548,236 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years.
                           February 16, 2006........  Miami/Miramar, FL..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        723,780 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 1,155
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Justice, currently
                                                                                        loacted in multiple
                                                                                        leased currently located
                                                                                        in leased space at
                                                                                        locations throughout
                                                                                        South Florida, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $25,332,300 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 15
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           February 16, 2006........  Brooklyn, NY...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        additional
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Emanuel Celler
                                                                                        Courthouse located at
                                                                                        225 Cadman Plaza East,
                                                                                        in Brooklyn, New York,
                                                                                        at an additional design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $3,511,000 (design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $3,791,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        an additional estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $27,193,000 (estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $61,046,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and additional
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $4,220,000 (management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $4,465,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $104,226,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated July 23, 2003,
                                                                                        authorizing $65,511,000
                                                                                        for management and
                                                                                        inspection and
                                                                                        construction.
                           April 5, 2006............  Various Locations..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        additional
                                                                                        appropriations for
                                                                                        material price increases
                                                                                        for the construction of
                                                                                        projects located in Las
                                                                                        Cruces, New Mexico; Del
                                                                                        Rio, Texas; and two
                                                                                        projects in El Paso,
                                                                                        Texas, at an estimated
                                                                                        additional construction
                                                                                        cost of $19,155,000.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Department of the
                                                                                        Interior's main
                                                                                        headquarters building
                                                                                        located at 1849 C
                                                                                        Street, NW, Washington,
                                                                                        District of Columbia, at
                                                                                        a design and review cost
                                                                                        of $11,213,000, a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $20,900,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $243,444,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated June 23, 2003,
                                                                                        which authorized an
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $220,265,000.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the Mary
                                                                                        E. Switzer Memorial
                                                                                        Federal Building located
                                                                                        at 330 C Street, SW, in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $120,600,000, a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $10,256,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $9,080,000, for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $139,936,000 (design and
                                                                                        review, estimated
                                                                                        construction and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost totaling
                                                                                        $116,325,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Chicago, IL....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Everett M. Dirksen
                                                                                        United States Courthouse
                                                                                        located at 219 South
                                                                                        Dearborn Street,
                                                                                        Chicago, Illinois at an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $89,629,000 and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $6,942,000 (design cost
                                                                                        of $8,152,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $104,723,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Laurel, MD.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the Food
                                                                                        and Drug Administration
                                                                                        Center for Veterinary
                                                                                        Medicine located on
                                                                                        Muirkirk Road in Laurel,
                                                                                        Maryland at an estimated
                                                                                        design cost of $435,000,
                                                                                        an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $5,057,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $536,000, for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $6,028,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, included
                                                                                        in, this resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Silver Spring, MD..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the White
                                                                                        Oak Building located at
                                                                                        130 Dahlgren Road in
                                                                                        Silver Spring, Maryland,
                                                                                        at an estimated design
                                                                                        cost of $296,000, as
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $5,265,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $232,000, for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $5,793,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Kansas City, MO................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Richard Bolling Federal
                                                                                        Building located at 601
                                                                                        East 12th Street, in
                                                                                        Kansas City, Missouri,
                                                                                        at an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $225,760,000, design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $15,917,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $22,233,000 for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $263,910,000 (estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $199,583,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Albuquerque, NM................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of three
                                                                                        Federal buildings, one
                                                                                        located at 517 Gold
                                                                                        Avenue, Albuquerque, New
                                                                                        Mexico; the Chavez
                                                                                        Federal Building and
                                                                                        Courthouse; and the
                                                                                        Albuquerque Courthouse,
                                                                                        at an estimated design
                                                                                        cost of $543,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $4,821,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $419,000, for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $5,783,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  New York, NY...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Thurgood Marshall United
                                                                                        States Courthouse in New
                                                                                        York, New York, at an
                                                                                        estimated design cost of
                                                                                        $16,393,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $201,640,000,
                                                                                        and management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $9,849,000, for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $227,882,000 (design and
                                                                                        review costs totaling
                                                                                        $13,500,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized) a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Milwaukee, WI..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Federal Building and
                                                                                        United States Courthouse
                                                                                        located at 517 East
                                                                                        Wisconsin Avenue, in
                                                                                        Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at
                                                                                        an estimated design cost
                                                                                        of $458,000, an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $4,796,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $345,000, for a combined
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $5,599,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Woodlawn, MD...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Security West Building,
                                                                                        located at 1500 Woodlawn
                                                                                        Drive, Woodlawn,
                                                                                        Maryland, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $1,310,000, an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $16,382,000, and
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,123,000, for a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $19,815,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Nogales, AZ....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for site
                                                                                        acquisition and design
                                                                                        of a 217,924 gross
                                                                                        square foot facility and
                                                                                        400 outisde parking
                                                                                        spaces, located in
                                                                                        Nogales, Arizona, at a
                                                                                        site acquisition cost of
                                                                                        $2,450,000 and design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $7,386,000, a prospectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  San Luis, AZ...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations the
                                                                                        construction of a 76,794
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility and 80 outisde
                                                                                        parking spaces, located
                                                                                        in San Luis, Arizona, at
                                                                                        a design and review cost
                                                                                        of $3,306,000,
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,854,000, and
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $34,869,000 for
                                                                                        an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $42,029,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Calexico, CA...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for site
                                                                                        acquisition and design
                                                                                        of a 233,943 gross
                                                                                        square foot facility and
                                                                                        197 new outisde parking
                                                                                        spaces, located in
                                                                                        Calexico, California, at
                                                                                        a site acquisition cost
                                                                                        of $2,000,000 and design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $12,350,000 a prospectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a mail
                                                                                        processing and screening
                                                                                        facility of 80,000 gross
                                                                                        square feet and 104
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        located in Washington,
                                                                                        District of Columbia, at
                                                                                        a design and review cost
                                                                                        of $1,025,000,
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,358,000, and
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $36,229,000 for
                                                                                        a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $39,612,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for
                                                                                        construction of a
                                                                                        1,338,000 gross square
                                                                                        foot facility and a
                                                                                        structured parking
                                                                                        garage containing 1,000
                                                                                        spaces, located in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $31,040,000, (design and
                                                                                        review cost cost of
                                                                                        $24,900,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $352,957,000 for an
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $408,897,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Columbus, NM...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a
                                                                                        114,202 gross square
                                                                                        foot facility and 33 new
                                                                                        outisde parking spaces
                                                                                        located in Columbus, New
                                                                                        Mexico, at a design and
                                                                                        review cost of
                                                                                        $2,629,000, a prospectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  El Paso, TX....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a
                                                                                        190,300 gross square
                                                                                        foot facility including
                                                                                        100 new outisde parking
                                                                                        spaces, located in El
                                                                                        Paso, Texas, at a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,051,000 (design cost
                                                                                        of $2,491,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and estimated
                                                                                        construction cost of
                                                                                        $18,166,000 for an
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $22,708,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  McAllen, TX....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        construction of a 46,648
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility and 96 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces, located
                                                                                        in McAllen, Texas, at an
                                                                                        additional design and
                                                                                        review cost of $429,000
                                                                                        (design and review cost
                                                                                        of $2,375,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        additional management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $134,000 (management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,691,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        and an additional
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $6,915,000
                                                                                        (construction cost of
                                                                                        $13,872,000 was
                                                                                        previously authorized)
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $25,416,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated July 23, 2003,
                                                                                        which authoized
                                                                                        $2,375,000 for design
                                                                                        and review, $1,691,000
                                                                                        for management and
                                                                                        inspection, and
                                                                                        $13,872,000 for
                                                                                        construction.
                           April 5, 2006............  Various Locations..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        design of projects
                                                                                        scheduled for the
                                                                                        Eisenhower Executive
                                                                                        Office Building (Phase
                                                                                        III), located in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a design
                                                                                        cost of $8,447,000; the
                                                                                        Nebraska Avenue Complex,
                                                                                        located in Washington,
                                                                                        District of Columbia, at
                                                                                        a design cost of
                                                                                        $1,200,000; the David
                                                                                        Dyer Federal Building
                                                                                        and Courthouse, located
                                                                                        in Miami, Florida, at a
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $4,502,000; the George
                                                                                        C. Young Federal
                                                                                        Building-Courthouse,
                                                                                        located Orlando,
                                                                                        Florida, at a design
                                                                                        cost of $2,563,000; the
                                                                                        Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal
                                                                                        Building-Post Office,
                                                                                        located in Jackson,
                                                                                        Mississippi, at a design
                                                                                        cost of $1,043,000; the
                                                                                        United States Post
                                                                                        Office and Courthouse,
                                                                                        located in Brooklyn, New
                                                                                        York, at a design cost
                                                                                        of $4,723,000; the
                                                                                        United States Post
                                                                                        Office and Courthouse
                                                                                        located in New Bern,
                                                                                        North Carolina, at a
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,279,000; and the
                                                                                        Joseph P. Kinneary
                                                                                        United States
                                                                                        Courthouse, located in
                                                                                        Columbus, Ohio, at a
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,068,000 for a total
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $24,825,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Denver, CO.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 170,704 rental
                                                                                        square feet of space and
                                                                                        57 inside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Internal Revenue
                                                                                        Service currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at Dominion Plaza, 600
                                                                                        17th Street, Denver,
                                                                                        Colorado and government-
                                                                                        owned space at Building
                                                                                        53, Denver Federal
                                                                                        Center, Lakewood,
                                                                                        Colorado, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $5,974,640 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 144,000 rentable
                                                                                        square feet of space and
                                                                                        ten parking spaces for
                                                                                        the United States Equal
                                                                                        Employment Opportunity
                                                                                        Commission, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 1801 L Street, NW,
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $6,768,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of up to ten years,
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 376,219 rentable
                                                                                        square feet of space for
                                                                                        the Department of
                                                                                        Justice currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 555 4th Street, NW in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $17,682,293 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        330,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 65
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of
                                                                                        Agriculture currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        leased locations in the
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia Metropolitan
                                                                                        Area, at a proposed
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $15,510,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of fifteen years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        325,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 17 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Federal
                                                                                        Emergency Management
                                                                                        Agency, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 500 C Street, SW,
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $15,275,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Metairie, LA...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for a
                                                                                        superseding lease of up
                                                                                        to approximately 197,084
                                                                                        rentable square feet and
                                                                                        650 parking spaces for
                                                                                        the Department of the
                                                                                        Interior--Minerals
                                                                                        Management Service,
                                                                                        currently located at
                                                                                        1201 Elmwood Park,
                                                                                        Metairie, Louisiana, at
                                                                                        a proposed annual cost
                                                                                        of $4,730,016 for a
                                                                                        lease term of fifteen
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Baltimore, MD..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        538,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 1,076
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Social Security
                                                                                        Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        government-owned space
                                                                                        at 300 North Greene
                                                                                        Street, Baltimore,
                                                                                        Maryland, at a proposed
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $18,830,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of twenty years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Boston, MA.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        268,452 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 228
                                                                                        secured inside and 20
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Federal Bureau
                                                                                        of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple leased
                                                                                        locations in
                                                                                        Massachusetts, at a
                                                                                        proposed annual cost of
                                                                                        $12,348,792 for a lease
                                                                                        term of twenty years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Kansas City, MO................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        342,865 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 1,628
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Agriculture, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        in the Winchester Center
                                                                                        at 6501 Beacon Drive,
                                                                                        Kansas City, Missouri,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $6,727,011 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Portland, OR...................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        134,159 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 200
                                                                                        inside secured parking
                                                                                        spaces for the Federal
                                                                                        Bureau of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple leased
                                                                                        locations in the
                                                                                        Portland area, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $4,695,565 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        347,947 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and two
                                                                                        inside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Defense, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at Jefferson Plaza 1 and
                                                                                        2, Arlington, Virginia,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $10,438,410 for a lease
                                                                                        term of five years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        221,084 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 16
                                                                                        inside parking spaces,
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Defense, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 3100 Clarendon
                                                                                        Boulevard, Arlington,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $7,737,940 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Arlington, VA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        143,572 rentable square
                                                                                        feet for the Department
                                                                                        of the Interior--Fish
                                                                                        and Wildlife Service,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at
                                                                                        Arlington Square, 4401
                                                                                        Fairfax Avenue,
                                                                                        Arlington, Virgina, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $5,024,985 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years,
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Northern VA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        325,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and two
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Patent and Trademark
                                                                                        Office in Northern
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $11,375,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           April 5, 2006............  Northern VA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to 334,103 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 24
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Social Security
                                                                                        Administration,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        leased space at 5107 and
                                                                                        5111 Leesburg Pike,
                                                                                        Falls Church, Virginia,
                                                                                        at a proposed annual
                                                                                        cost of $11,693,605 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           May 17, 2006.............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        180,000 Metropolitan
                                                                                        Area rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 30
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Federal Bureau
                                                                                        of Investigation in the
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia Metropolitan
                                                                                        Area, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, of $8,460,000,
                                                                                        Northern Virginia of
                                                                                        $6,300,000, or Maryland
                                                                                        of $5,760,000 for a
                                                                                        lease term of ten years,
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           May 17, 2006.............  Miami, FL......................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        708,597 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 2,874
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the United States
                                                                                        Southern Command, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $22,675,104 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 20
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           May 17, 2006.............  Northern VA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        136,800 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation--Informati
                                                                                        on Technology Facility,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $4,788,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of ten years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        521,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet for the Department
                                                                                        of Justice, currently
                                                                                        located at 1301 New York
                                                                                        Avenue, NW, 1331 F
                                                                                        Street, NW, and 1400 New
                                                                                        York Avenue, NW,
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $24,487,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of up to fifteen
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  San Francisco, CA..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to extend
                                                                                        an existing lease of
                                                                                        151,716 rentable square
                                                                                        feet and 25 parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Labor,
                                                                                        located at 71 Stevenson
                                                                                        Street, San Francisco,
                                                                                        California, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $5,765,208 for a
                                                                                        lease term of two years,
                                                                                        a prospectus for which
                                                                                        is attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        320,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 510
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Presidential Transition
                                                                                        Team and Presidential
                                                                                        Inaugural Committee, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $15,040,000 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 15
                                                                                        months, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Suburban MD....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        574,614 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and five
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        National Institutes of
                                                                                        Health, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at 6116, 6120, and 6130
                                                                                        Executive Boulevard,
                                                                                        Rockville, Maryland, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $18,387,648 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Tucson, AZ.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        84,353 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 120
                                                                                        inside and 18 surface
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located at One South
                                                                                        Church Street, 2551
                                                                                        North Dragoon and 3285
                                                                                        South Hemisphere Loop,
                                                                                        Tucson, Arizona, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,036,708 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Sacramento, CA.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        148,184 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 215
                                                                                        inside parking and 15
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Federal Bureau
                                                                                        of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple lease
                                                                                        facilities in
                                                                                        Sacramento, California,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $5,927,360 for a lease
                                                                                        term of twenty years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Denver, CO.....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        175,155 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 175
                                                                                        inside and 45 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in three
                                                                                        government owned
                                                                                        facilities in Denver and
                                                                                        Lakewood, Colorado, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $6,130,425 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Minneapolis, MN................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        162,530 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 200
                                                                                        inside and 20 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        in Minneapolis and
                                                                                        Roseville, Minnesota, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $6,176,140 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Cincinnati, OH.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        108,874 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 145
                                                                                        structured and 20
                                                                                        surface parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Federal Bureau
                                                                                        of Investigation,
                                                                                        currently located in
                                                                                        multiple locations in
                                                                                        Cincinnati, Ohio, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,810,590 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Martinsburg, WV................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        design of the alteration
                                                                                        of the Internal Revenue
                                                                                        Service Enterprise
                                                                                        Computing Center located
                                                                                        in Martinsburg, West
                                                                                        Virginia, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $2,893,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Philadelphia, PA...............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of Internal
                                                                                        Revenue Service space in
                                                                                        the William J. Green
                                                                                        Federal Building located
                                                                                        at 601 Arch Street,
                                                                                        Philadelphia,
                                                                                        Pennsylvania, at a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $378,000, a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $283,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated constrution
                                                                                        cost of $4,065,000 for
                                                                                        an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $4,726,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  San Diego, CA..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for
                                                                                        additional site,
                                                                                        additional design,
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection, and
                                                                                        construction of a
                                                                                        466,886 gross square
                                                                                        foot facility and 105
                                                                                        inside parking spaces
                                                                                        located in San Diego,
                                                                                        California, at an
                                                                                        additional site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $3,258,000 (site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $42,369,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $7,740,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $248,816,000 a
                                                                                        combined estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $302,183,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                                                                                       Within one year of the
                                                                                        date of approval of this
                                                                                        resolution, the Judicial
                                                                                        Conference of the United
                                                                                        States shall amend the
                                                                                        United States Courts
                                                                                        Design Guide to require
                                                                                        that each United States
                                                                                        Courthouse construction
                                                                                        project provide one
                                                                                        courtroom for every two
                                                                                        senior judges. Beginning
                                                                                        on the date of approval
                                                                                        of this Resolution, the
                                                                                        Judicial Conference of
                                                                                        the United States shall
                                                                                        specifically approve
                                                                                        each departure from the
                                                                                        United States Court
                                                                                        Design Guide for each
                                                                                        United States Courthouse
                                                                                        construction project
                                                                                        which result in
                                                                                        additional estimated
                                                                                        costs of the project
                                                                                        (including additional
                                                                                        rent payment
                                                                                        obligations) and that
                                                                                        the Judicial Conference
                                                                                        provide a specific list
                                                                                        of each departure and
                                                                                        the justification and
                                                                                        estimated cost (as
                                                                                        supplied by the General
                                                                                        Services Administration)
                                                                                        of such departure for
                                                                                        each United States
                                                                                        Courthouse construction
                                                                                        project to the General
                                                                                        Services Administration.
                                                                                        Each United States
                                                                                        Courthouse construction
                                                                                        prospectus submitted by
                                                                                        the General Services
                                                                                        Administration shall
                                                                                        include a specific list
                                                                                        of each departure and
                                                                                        the justification and
                                                                                        estimated cost
                                                                                        (including additional
                                                                                        rent payment
                                                                                        obligations) of such
                                                                                        departure and the
                                                                                        General Services
                                                                                        Administration's
                                                                                        recommendation on
                                                                                        whether the Committee on
                                                                                        Transportation of the
                                                                                        United States House of
                                                                                        Representatives and the
                                                                                        Committee on Environment
                                                                                        and Public works of the
                                                                                        United States Senate
                                                                                        should approve such a
                                                                                        departure.
                           July 19, 2006............  Suffolk, VA....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to enter
                                                                                        into a superseding lease
                                                                                        up to 154,428 rentable
                                                                                        square feet of space and
                                                                                        288 surface parking
                                                                                        spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Defense,
                                                                                        United States Joint
                                                                                        Forces Command, located
                                                                                        in leased space at 112
                                                                                        Lakeview Parkway,
                                                                                        Suffolk, Virginia, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $3,689,285 for a
                                                                                        lease term of twenty
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                                                                                       Approval of this
                                                                                        prospectus constitutes
                                                                                        authority for the
                                                                                        General Services
                                                                                        Administration to use
                                                                                        funds made available by
                                                                                        the Department of
                                                                                        Defense and a portion of
                                                                                        the annual rent payment
                                                                                        authorized above for
                                                                                        space alterations in
                                                                                        this facility at a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $1,375,000, a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $1,250,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated total project
                                                                                        cost of $15,958,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           July 19, 2006............  Frederick County, VA...........  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        947,000 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 1,232
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, in
                                                                                        Frederick County,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $33,145,000 for a lease
                                                                                        term of twenty years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends the
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated October 26, 2005,
                                                                                        authorizing a lease up
                                                                                        to 947,000 rentable
                                                                                        square feet of and 1,232
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Federal Bureau of
                                                                                        Investigation, in
                                                                                        Frederick County,
                                                                                        Virginia, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $33,145,000, for a lease
                                                                                        term of fifteen years.
                           July 19, 2006............  Miami/Miramar, FL..............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        723,780 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 1,155
                                                                                        outside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Department of
                                                                                        Justice, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        leased locations
                                                                                        throughout South
                                                                                        Florida, at a proposed
                                                                                        total annual cost of
                                                                                        $25,332,300 for a lease
                                                                                        term of twenty years, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends the
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated February 16, 2006,
                                                                                        authorizing a lease up
                                                                                        to approximately 723,780
                                                                                        rentable square feet of
                                                                                        space and 1,155 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Department of Justice,
                                                                                        at a proposed total
                                                                                        annual cost of
                                                                                        $25,332,300 for a lease
                                                                                        term of fifteen years.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        238,708 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space for the
                                                                                        Peace Corps, currently
                                                                                        located at 1111 20th
                                                                                        Street, NW, Washington,
                                                                                        District of Columbia,
                                                                                        2001 L Street, NW,
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, and 1525
                                                                                        Wilson Boulevard,
                                                                                        Arlington, Virginia, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $11,219,276 for
                                                                                        a lease term of ten
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Los Angeles, CA................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        167,754 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and 442
                                                                                        inside parking spaces
                                                                                        for the Drug Enforcement
                                                                                        Administration currently
                                                                                        located in leased space
                                                                                        at Roybal Federal
                                                                                        Building-Courthouse, 255
                                                                                        East Temple Street, Los
                                                                                        Angeles, California, at
                                                                                        a proposed annual cost
                                                                                        of $6,710,160 for a
                                                                                        lease term of up to 20
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Philadelphia, PA...............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to lease
                                                                                        up to approximately
                                                                                        862,692 rentable square
                                                                                        feet of space and up to
                                                                                        1,200 parking spaces
                                                                                        (and up to an additional
                                                                                        400 spaces for up to
                                                                                        five years) for the
                                                                                        Internal Revenue
                                                                                        Service, currently
                                                                                        located in multiple
                                                                                        locations in the
                                                                                        Philadelphia region, at
                                                                                        a proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $32,256,912 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 20
                                                                                        years, a prospectus for
                                                                                        which is attached to,
                                                                                        and included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                                                                                       This resolution amends
                                                                                        the Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated October 26, 2005,
                                                                                        authorizing a lease up
                                                                                        to 862,692 rentable
                                                                                        square feet and 1,800
                                                                                        parking spaces for the
                                                                                        Internal Revenue Service
                                                                                        in Philadelphia,
                                                                                        Pennsylvania, at a
                                                                                        proposed total annual
                                                                                        cost of $29,202,124 for
                                                                                        a lease term of 20
                                                                                        years.
                                                                                       Approval of this
                                                                                        resolution constitutes
                                                                                        authority to execute an
                                                                                        interim lease for all
                                                                                        tenants, if necessary,
                                                                                        prior to execution of
                                                                                        the new lease.
                                                                                       Approval of this
                                                                                        resolution constitutes
                                                                                        authority, in the event
                                                                                        the General Services
                                                                                        Administration is unable
                                                                                        to secure a lease
                                                                                        agreement with the
                                                                                        United States Postal
                                                                                        Service, to conduct a
                                                                                        competitive procurement
                                                                                        for an alternate
                                                                                        facility in the City of
                                                                                        Philadelphia for the
                                                                                        same maximum rentable
                                                                                        square footage, rental
                                                                                        rate, lease term, and
                                                                                        number of parking spaces
                                                                                        included in the
                                                                                        propectus.
                                                                                       Provided, that the
                                                                                        General Services
                                                                                        Administration shall not
                                                                                        delegate to any other
                                                                                        agency the authority
                                                                                        granted by this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Citrus Heights, CA.............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of leased
                                                                                        space, located at 6501
                                                                                        Sylvan Road, Citrus
                                                                                        Heights, California, for
                                                                                        backfill by the Internal
                                                                                        Revenue Service, at a
                                                                                        design and reveiw cost
                                                                                        of $406,000, a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspections cost of
                                                                                        $339,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $4,455,000, for
                                                                                        an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $5,200,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.......  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the United
                                                                                        States Post Office and
                                                                                        Courthouse Building in
                                                                                        Pittsburgh,
                                                                                        Pennsylvania, at a
                                                                                        design and review cost
                                                                                        of $4,543,000, a
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $4,482,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $80,466,000, for
                                                                                        an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $89,491,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends
                                                                                        Committee resolutions
                                                                                        dated November 7, 2001,
                                                                                        June 21, 2000, and June
                                                                                        25, 1998.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Washington, DC.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        alteration of the
                                                                                        Eisenhower Executive
                                                                                        Office Building in
                                                                                        Washington, District of
                                                                                        Columbia, at a design
                                                                                        and review cost of
                                                                                        $3,500,000, a management
                                                                                        and inspection cost of
                                                                                        $2,300,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $25,291,000, for
                                                                                        an estimated total
                                                                                        project cost of
                                                                                        $31,091,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Madawaska, ME..................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to meet
                                                                                        expanded scope
                                                                                        requirements including
                                                                                        additional site area,
                                                                                        site development and
                                                                                        design of the United
                                                                                        States Border Station
                                                                                        project in Madawaska,
                                                                                        Maine, a 39,211 gross
                                                                                        square foot facility on
                                                                                        a 13.32 acre site with
                                                                                        48 outside and five
                                                                                        inside parking spaces,
                                                                                        at an additional site
                                                                                        and design cost of
                                                                                        $17,160,000 (site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,760,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $4,186,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $36,411,000, for
                                                                                        a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $59,517,000, a propectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated July 21, 2004.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Alexandria Bay, NY.............  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to meet
                                                                                        expanded scope
                                                                                        requirements including
                                                                                        additional site area,
                                                                                        site development and
                                                                                        design of the United
                                                                                        States Border Station
                                                                                        project in Alexandria
                                                                                        Bay, New York, a 138,517
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility on a 59.9 acre
                                                                                        site with 120 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces, at an
                                                                                        additional site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $11,676,000 (site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $8,884,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $17,050,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $136,396,000,
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $174,006,000, a
                                                                                        prospectus for which is
                                                                                        attached to, and
                                                                                        included in, this
                                                                                        resolution.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Derby Line, VT.................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to meet
                                                                                        expanded scope
                                                                                        requirements including
                                                                                        additional site area,
                                                                                        site development and
                                                                                        design of the United
                                                                                        States Border Station
                                                                                        project in Derby Line,
                                                                                        Vermont, a 51,159 gross
                                                                                        square foot facility on
                                                                                        a 23.25 acre site with
                                                                                        eight inside and 100
                                                                                        outside parking spaces,
                                                                                        at an additional site
                                                                                        and design cost of
                                                                                        $2,880,000 (site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $4,270,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,740,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $26,519,000,
                                                                                        (estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $6,120,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        for a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $43,529,000, a propectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated July 21, 2004.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Warroad, MN....................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations to meet
                                                                                        expanded scope
                                                                                        requirements including
                                                                                        additional site area,
                                                                                        site development and
                                                                                        design of the United
                                                                                        States Border Station
                                                                                        project in Warroad,
                                                                                        Minnesota, a 50,120
                                                                                        gross square foot
                                                                                        facility on a 10.44 acre
                                                                                        site with five inside
                                                                                        and 22 outside parking
                                                                                        spaces, at an additional
                                                                                        site and design cost of
                                                                                        $2,496,000 (site and
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $1,837,000 were
                                                                                        previously authorized),
                                                                                        management and
                                                                                        inspection cost of
                                                                                        $3,798,000, and an
                                                                                        estimated construction
                                                                                        cost of $35,664,000, for
                                                                                        a combined estimated
                                                                                        total project cost of
                                                                                        $43,795,000, a propectus
                                                                                        for which is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution. This
                                                                                        resolution amends a
                                                                                        Committee resolution
                                                                                        dated July 21, 2004.
                           September 20, 2006.......  Donna, TX......................  Resolution authorizing
                                                                                        appropriations for the
                                                                                        design of a border
                                                                                        station in Donna, Texas,
                                                                                        of 170,528 gross square
                                                                                        feet with 112 outside
                                                                                        parking spaces, at a
                                                                                        design cost of
                                                                                        $3,726,000, for which a
                                                                                        prospectus is attached
                                                                                        to, and included in,
                                                                                        this resolution.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                      PUBLIC BUILDINGS 3314(b) RESOLUTIONS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Date Referred              Date Approved                    Location                      Project
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                           May 18, 2005.............  Lancaster County, PA...........  Pursuant to Title 40
                                                                                        U.S.C. Sec.  3314(b),
                                                                                        the Administrator of
                                                                                        General Services shall
                                                                                        investigate the
                                                                                        feasibility and need to
                                                                                        construct or acquire a
                                                                                        facility to house the
                                                                                        United States District
                                                                                        Court for the Eastern
                                                                                        District of
                                                                                        Pennsylvania, in
                                                                                        Lancaster County,
                                                                                        Pennsylvania.
                           May 18, 2005.............  Vancouver, WA..................  Pursuant to Title 40
                                                                                        U.S.C. Sec.  3314(b),
                                                                                        the Administrator of
                                                                                        General Services shall
                                                                                        investigate the
                                                                                        feasibility and need to
                                                                                        construct or acquire a
                                                                                        facility to house the
                                                                                        United States District
                                                                                        Court for the Western
                                                                                        District of Washington,
                                                                                        in Vancouver,
                                                                                        Washington.
                           December 7, 2005.........  Riverside, CA..................  Pursuant to Title 40
                                                                                        U.S.C. Sec.  3314(b),
                                                                                        the Administrator of
                                                                                        General Services shall
                                                                                        investigate the
                                                                                        feasibility and need to
                                                                                        construct or acquire a
                                                                                        facility to house a
                                                                                        Federal Building-
                                                                                        Courthouse, located in
                                                                                        Riverside, CA.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT, AND 
                               PIPELINES

    In the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit, and Pipelines was Chaired by the Honorable Thomas E. 
Petri of Wisconsin. The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon 
served as the Subcommittee Ranking Democratic Member.
    The Subcommittee developed and reported H.R. 3, the 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, (TEA: LU) 
legislation reauthorizing the Federal highway, public 
transportation, highway safety, motor carrier safety, research 
and hazardous materials transportation safety programs for the 
five years from Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal Year 2009. H.R. 
3 passed the House on March 10, 2005, and the Senate on April 
17, 2005. The conference report, titled the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for 
Users (SAFETEA: LU), was agreed to by the House and the Senate 
on July 29, 2005. To continue the funding of the aforementioned 
Federal programs, six short-term extensions to the previous 
reauthorization, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
Century, were signed into law in the first session of the 109th 
Congress. These were Public Laws 109-14, 109-20, 109-35, 109-
37, 109-40, and 109-42.
    In the second session of the 109th Congress, the 
Subcommittee also developed two bills which made technical 
corrections to SAFETEA: LU. H.R. 5689, which passed the House 
on June 28, 2006, made technical corrections to SAFETEA: LU 
that were identified by the Department of Transportation and 
were mostly of a conforming nature. H.R. 6233 passed the House 
on September 29, 2006, and included virtually all of the House-
passed language from H.R. 5689 and also incorporated provisions 
requested by the Senate Committees of jurisdiction. The Senate 
took no action on either bill.
    H.R. 5782, the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2006, was 
also developed by the Subcommittee in the 109th Congress. H.R. 
5782 reauthorizes the Federal pipeline safety programs and 
amends title 49, United States Code, to enhance the safety and 
reliability of transporting the nation's energy products by 
pipelines. The bill was reported favorably by the 
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 19, 2006.
    The Subcommittee also held 16 hearings in the 109th 
Congress.
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                          Enacted Legislation

              SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 2566

                          (Public Law 109-14)

    Public Law 109-14 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety and transit programs for one month, and 
authorized appropriations through June 30, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART II

                               H.R. 3104

                          (Public Law 109-20)

    Public Law 109-20 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety, and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 1 to July 19, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART III

                               H.R. 3332

                          (Public Law 109-35)

    Public Law 109-35 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety, and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 20 to July 21, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART IV

                               H.R. 3377

                          (Public Law 109-37)

    Public Law 109-37 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety, and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 22 to July 27, 2005.
                                ------                                


          SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART V

                               H.R. 3453

                          (Public Law 109-40)

    Public Law 109-40 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety, and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 28 to July 30, 2005.
                                ------                                


         SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ACT OF 2005, PART VI

                               H.R. 3512

                          (Public Law 109-42)

    Public Law 109-42 extended Federal highway, highway safety, 
motor carrier safety, and transit programs, and authorized 
appropriations from July 30 to August 14, 2005.
                                ------                                


  SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A 
                      LEGACY FOR USERS SAFETEA: LU

                                 H.R. 3

                          (Public Law 109-59)

    This legislation reauthorizes the Federal highway, public 
transportation, highway safety, motor carrier safety, research, 
and hazardous materials transportation safety programs for five 
years, from Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal Year 2009. SAFETEA: 
LU, together with the Surface Transportation Extension Acts 
enacted in 2004 and 2005, provides $286.4 billion in new 
funding over the life of the bill. This is an increase of 42 
percent over the previous reauthorization, the Transportation 
Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) from 1998-2003.

                                 COMPARISON OF GUARANTEED FUNDING TOTALS BY AGENCY
                                                  [In millions]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            AGENCY                                       TEA 21                 SAFETEA LU
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Highway Administration................................                 $163,000                 $227,560
Federal Transit Administration................................                  $36,000                  $52,579
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...................                   $1,300                   $2,888
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration................                   $1,700                   $3,430
    TOTAL.....................................................                 $202,000                 $286,457
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    Through increased investment in our nation's transportation 
infrastructure, this bill will maintain and improve our roads, 
bridges, and transit systems. H.R. 3 passed the House on March 
10, 2005, and the Senate on May 17, 2005. The conference report 
was agreed to by the House and the Senate on July 29, 2005, and 
the bill was signed into law on August 10, 2005, (Public Law 
109-59).
Congestion relief
    Annually, congestion costs American drivers $67 billion in 
lost productivity and wasted motor fuel and 3.6 billion hours 
of delay. The average traveler who drives during peak periods 
loses $1,160 a year due to congestion-related delays. And 
congestion is not only a problem in America's big cities--33 
percent of all travel on major roadways in the United States is 
affected by congestion.
    SAFETEA: LU provides federal funding and policy initiatives 
to combat congestion. The bill provides more than $227 billion 
between fiscal years 2004 and 2009 for the Federal highway 
program (an almost 40 percent increase over TEA 21), and more 
than $52 billion for federal public transportation programs. 
Public transportation is an important component to solving the 
nation's congestion problems.
    SAFETEA: LU creates several new programs designed to bridge 
current infrastructure gaps and to address congestion choke 
points. These programs include a $1.9 billion National Corridor 
Infrastructure Improvement program, a $1.8 billion Projects of 
Regional and National Significance program, and $833 million 
for a Coordinated Border Infrastructure program.
    SAFETEA: LU ensures that States utilize congestion relief 
technologies to make roadway travel safer and more reliable. 
The Act also includes several provisions that encourage and 
promote the recapturing of unused highway capacity. Provisions 
in SAFETEA: LU related to HOV/HOT lanes, transportation system 
management and operations, and value pricing will allow highway 
managers to squeeze more capacity from our existing highway 
investments.
Safety
    In 2003, more than 42,000 Americans were killed and 2.9 
million were seriously injured each year on the Nation's 
highways. Substandard road conditions and roadside hazards are 
a contributing factor in nearly 1/3 of all fatal crashes each 
year. In total, motor vehicle crashes cost the United States 
more than $231 billion annually.
    SAFETEA: LU creates a new core program for highway safety 
infrastructure improvements with its own dedicated funding 
stream. The new program is funded at approximately $5 billion 
from Fiscal Year 2006 through 2009. To address the problem of 
substandard road conditions in rural areas, SAFETEA: LU 
includes $360 million for a new High Risk Rural Road Safety 
Improvement program that targets funding for safety 
improvements on rural two-lane roads. About 61 percent of all 
highway-related fatalities occur on rural roads.
    SAFETEA: LU increases funding for National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration (NHTSA) highway safety formula grants to 
support a full range of State safety programs, including 
impaired driving programs, occupant protection programs, 
motorcycle safety, police traffic services and roadway safety. 
A new Safe Routes to School program is authorized that provides 
$612 million over five years to States to encourage communities 
to adopt strategies and fund projects designed to allow 
children to walk and bike to school safely.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $1.7 billion in State motor carrier 
safety grants, including the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance 
Program (MCSAP), Border Enforcement Grants, Commercial Driver's 
License Grants, Performance and Registration Information System 
Management grants, and State Data Improvement Grants. These 
grants will promote State enforcement of and compliance with 
Federal Motor Carrier safety regulations.
Freight mobility
    In 2002, 8.9 billion tons of freight--at a value of more 
than $5 trillion--was transported by highway. From 1990 to 
2000, United States truck travel increased by 38 percent. In 
the next 20 years, truck travel is expected to increase 90 
percent due to an expanding economy and the increased reliance 
on just-in-time delivery.
    SAFETEA: LU funds several programs that are specifically 
designed to improve the movement of freight. $1.9 billion over 
five years is authorized for a National Corridor Infrastructure 
Improvement program. This program is designed to fund regional 
and multi-state corridor projects that will improve mobility 
and economic growth in areas underserved by existing highway 
infrastructure. An additional $833 million is provided to the 
Coordinated Border Infrastructure program, which apportions 
funds to border States for highway projects that will improve 
the safe and efficient movement of people and goods at or 
across the border between the United States and Mexico and the 
United States and Canada.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $1.8 billion for a new program to fund 
projects of regional and national significance. This program is 
designed to fund projects that will have a significant impact 
on the movement of goods and people beyond the immediate local 
area of the project.
    SAFETEA: LU provides $100 million to complete the core 
deployment and encourage the expanded deployment of the 
Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) 
program, which will improve commercial motor vehicle efficiency 
by allowing trucks to by-pass safety inspections and weigh 
stations, based on their safety records.

Public transportation

    From 1996 to 2005, public transit ridership grew 25 
percent, and now carries 9.8 billion passenger trips a year. 
But in many United States cities, public transportation 
infrastructure is not keeping up with demand. Public 
transportation provides vital mobility to seniors, individuals 
with disabilities, and families with only one car or no car--
but in 40 percent of United States counties, there is no public 
transportation system.
    SAFETEA: LU increases funding to meet public transportation 
infrastructure needs. The Act provides $52.58 billion for 
transit programs, all guaranteed. This is a 46 percent increase 
in guaranteed funding over TEA 21 levels. To address the 
problem of so many U.S. counties having no public 
transportation system at all, SAFETEA: LU increases the 
percentage of formula funding for public transportation in 
rural areas (towns of less than 50,000 in population). Total 
six-year funding for rural public transportation increases by 
95 percent, going from $1.25 billion to $2.44 billion.
    SAFETEA: LU strengthens public transportation services for 
individuals with disabilities by increasing the elderly and 
disabled formula program and authorizes President Bush's New 
Freedom Initiative, providing funds for disabled transportation 
activities in areas where these services are not available, or 
that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with 
Disabilities Act. These two initiatives total $1 billion over 
the six-year authorization period, more than double the amount 
provided for the elderly and disabled formula grants program 
under TEA 21.

National infrastructure needs

    The Federal highway, transit, and highway safety program 
authorizations would have expired on September 30, 2003, 
without the 12 extension bills. During the almost two-year 
period that was required to pass the SAFETEA: LU legislation, 
the critical needs of America's transportation infrastructure 
became even more severe. In June 2006, the Interstate System 
turned 50 years old. The Department of Transportation's 2002 
Conditions and Performance Report shows that 32 percent of our 
major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, 29 percent of 
our bridges are structurally deficient or functionally 
obsolete, 36 percent of the nation's urban rail vehicles and 
maintenance facilities are in substandard or poor condition, 
and 29 percent of the nation's bus fleet and maintenance 
facilities are in substandard or poor condition. According to 
the United States Department of Transportation, the combined 
spending of all levels of government for the existing 
infrastructure should be $106 billion annually for highways and 
$20.6 billion for transit.
    To reach that investment level by 2009, the federal share 
of highway investments over the next six years should be 
roughly $40 billion in 2004 growing to $60 billion in 2009. To 
reach that investment level by 2009, capital public 
transportation grants should reach $12.8 billion, with an 
additional $1 billion for operating grants, research, planning, 
and administrative costs.
    SAFETEA: LU significantly increases investment in 
transportation infrastructure. The highway obligation authority 
grows from $34.4 billion in 2004 to $41 billion in 2009; public 
transportation funding grows from $7.3 billion in 2004 to $10.3 
billion in 2009.
                                ------                                


 TO ENSURE FUNDING FOR SPORTFISHING AND BOATING SAFETY PROGRAMS FUNDED 
   OUT OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND THROUGH THE END OF FISCAL YEAR 2005


                               H.R. 3649


                          (Public Law 109-74)

    H.R. 3649 extends programs funded from the Boat Safety 
Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund through the end of 
Fiscal Year 2005. The programs that were extended in this Act 
include recreational boating safety, the sport fish restoration 
national outreach and communications program, and Clean Vessel 
Act programs. The bill passed the House on September 13, 2006 
and was passed with an amendment by the Senate on September 15, 
2006. The House concurred in the Senate amendment and passed 
the bill, as amended, on September 20, 2006.
                                ------                                


 TO DESIGNATE THE STATE ROUTE 1 BRIDGE IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE AS THE 
                ``SENATOR WILLIAM V. ROTH, JR. BRIDGE''


                                S. 1140


                          (Public Law 109-381)

    S. 1140 designates the State Route 1 Bridge over the 
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Delaware as the ``Senator 
William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge.'' The bill was passed in the 
Senate by Unanimous Consent on June 15, 2005, and was agreed to 
in the House on November 13, 2006.
                                ------                                


  PIPELINE INSPECTION, PROTECTION, ENFORCEMENT AND SAFETY ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5782


                          (Public Law 109-XXX)

    H.R. 5782 reauthorizes the Federal pipeline safety programs 
and amends title 49, United States Code, to enhance the safety 
and reliability of transporting the Nation's energy products by 
pipelines. This Act addresses enforcement of one-call laws, 
provides guidance to states on underground damage programs, 
requires a rule to be issued establishing a distribution 
integrity management program, and requires that standards be 
developed to reduce the risks in pipeline control rooms 
associated with human factors. The Act also directs the 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to 
develop regulations on the operation of low-stress hazardous 
liquid pipelines. H.R. 5782 also authorizes funding levels for 
the pipeline safety programs for Fiscal Year 2007 through 
Fiscal Year 2010. H.R. 5782 was reported favorably by the House 
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 19, 2006, 
and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 27, 
2006. H.R. 5782 was agreed to by the House on December 6, 2006, 
and the Senate on December 7, 2006.
                                ------                                


    EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT STATES SHOULD REQUIRE 
CANDIDATES FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES TO DEMONSTRATE AN ABILITY TO EXERCISE 
     GREATLY INCREASED CAUTION WHEN DRIVING IN THE PROXIMITY OF A 
                POTENTIALLY VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUAL


                            H. CON. RES. 235

    House Concurrent Resolution 235 finds that many visually 
impaired people travel about their communities without personal 
assistance and that many of these people and their guide dogs 
suffer injury and death each year as a result of being struck 
by motor vehicles. This legislation expresses the sense of 
Congress that States should require candidates for drivers 
licenses to demonstrate an ability to exercise greatly 
increased caution when driving in the proximity of potentially 
visually impaired individuals. The bill encourages States to 
teach candidates for drivers licenses to associate guide dogs 
and white canes with visually impaired pedestrians. The 
Concurrent Resolution passed the House on July 25, 2006, and 
passed the Senate on September 25, 2006.
                                ------                                


   RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM


                            H. CON. RES. 372

    The purpose of House Concurrent Resolution 372 is to 
recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Dwight D. Eisenhower 
National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and its 
importance to American economic development and daily life. The 
concurrent resolution passed the House on June 13, 2006, and 
passed the Senate on June 19, 2006.
                                ------                                


                           Other Legislation


  TO AMEND THE SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION 
 EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS, AND FOR 
                            OTHER PURPOSES.


                        H.R. 5689 and H.R. 6233

    H.R. 5689 makes various technical corrections to the major 
highways and transit reauthorization bill, the Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A 
Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144). The 
technical corrections included in this bill have been 
identified by the Department of Transportation and are mostly 
of a conforming nature, and also corrects drafting errors. The 
principal correction is to strengthen the Federal Highway 
research program by ensuring the viable continuation of the 
legacy research programs carried out by the Department of 
Transportation. The bill passed the House on June 28, 2006.
    H.R. 6233 was introduced September 28, 2006. This technical 
corrections bill includes almost all of the House-passed 
language from H.R. 5689 and also incorporates provisions 
requested by the Senate Committees on Environment and Public 
Works and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. H.R. 6233 passed 
by the House on September 29, 2006. There was no subsequent 
Senate action on either H.R. 5689 or H.R 6233.
                                ------                                


 TO REPEAL A PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF CERTAIN FUNDS FOR TUNNELING IN 
 CERTAIN AREAS WITH RESPECT TO THE LOS ANGELES TO SAN FERNANDO VALLEY 
                     METRO RAIL PROJECT, CALIFORNIA


                               H.R. 4653

    This legislation repeals a 20 year-old prohibition on the 
use of Federal transit funds associated with the Los Angeles 
Metro Rail project for tunneling in areas that had been 
identified as methane risk zones. The bill passed the House on 
September 20, 2006, and was received in the Senate and referred 
to the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. There 
was no subsequent Senate action.
                                ------                                


  EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL BIKE MONTH


                            H. CON. RES. 145

    This Resolution states that it is the sense of Congress 
that Americans should observe the month of May as National Bike 
Month to promote bike safety, and the health, transportation, 
recreational, and environmental benefits derived from cycling. 
The Resolution was agreed to by the House on July 25, 2006. No 
further action was taken by the Senate.
                                ------                                


         PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2006


                               H.R. 5808

    This legislation authorizes the Secretary of Transportation 
to award grants to public transportation systems and intercity 
bus operators to improve security. Throughout the world, public 
transportation systems have been primary targets of terrorist 
attacks, causing thousands of deaths and injuries. Transit 
systems have open access and frequent stops and transfer 
points, and are thus difficult to protect. They also serve high 
concentrations of people in crowded quarters, an environment 
with a high probability of death or injury. H.R. 5808 
authorizes a total of $3.4 billion in grant funds for Fiscal 
Years 2007 through 2009: $2.4 billion is authorized for capital 
grants to transit agencies; $900 million is authorized for 
operating grants to transit agencies; and $150 million is 
authorized for security grants to intercity and charter bus 
operators. Grants are prioritized on the basis of risk, 
consequences, vulnerability, and threat, and allocations are 
based on the transit agency security assessments conducted by 
the Department of Homeland Security. The bill was reported 
favorably to the House by the Transportation and Infrastructure 
Committee on September 15, 2006. No further action was taken.

                     Hearings and Member Briefings

    The Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines held a 
total of 16 hearings and one Member Briefing in the 109th 
Congress.
    On February 10, 2005, the Subcommittee held an 
organizational meeting to discuss the legislative objectives in 
the 109th Congress.
    On May 11, 2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing 
on the Hazardous Material Endorsement Background Check. The 
hearing reviewed the background check process for truck drivers 
who apply for a hazardous material endorsement. Officials from 
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of 
Transportation Office of Inspector General, Transportation 
Security Administration, and representatives from the American 
Trucking Associations, Teamsters, and the American Association 
of Motor Vehicle Administrators testified on the current status 
and challenges of the background check process.
    On October 20, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
updating the Members on the progress of the repair, 
restoration, and replacement of highway and transit 
infrastructure and services along the Gulf Coast necessitated 
as a result of the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
    On October 27, 2005, the Subcommittee held another hearing 
on the effects of Hurricane Katrina. In this hearing State and 
local officials from the Gulf Coast updated the Members on the 
progress that States and localities were making in repairing, 
restoring, and replacing highway and transit infrastructure and 
services.
    On February 15, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
discuss the status of the Highway Trust Fund and on how the new 
revenue estimates related in the President's Fiscal Year 2007 
Budget Request will impact the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA: LU).
    On March 2, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Curbside Operators. The hearing provided Members with 
information regarding the Curbside Operator segment of the 
passenger bus industry and the extent to which these operators 
comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and 
the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    On March 16, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on Pipeline Safety. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on 
the pipeline safety regulation since the passage of H.R. 3609, 
the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-
355).
    On March 29, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Transit and Over-the-Road Bus Security. The hearing examined 
current issues of transit and over-the-road bus security, 
including: the roles and responsibilities of the Federal 
Transit Administration and Department of Homeland Security; the 
state of preparedness in the transit industry; and Federal 
programs and activities that help meet the security needs and 
funding priorities for mitigation of security threats against 
the Nation's public transportation systems.
    On April 4, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
provide Members with information on the reliability of the 
revenue estimates for the Highway Trust Fund. Since Highway 
Account balances are projected by the Treasury Department to 
drop below zero in the last year of the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for 
Users authorization period, it is imperative that Congress 
understand the revenue estimating procedures used at both 
Treasury and Congressional Budget Office and whether or not the 
recent changes in revenue projections are cause for concern.
    On May 10, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Highway 
Capacity and Freight Mobility. The hearing, the first in a 
series of three hearings on freight, presented the Members with 
information regarding the current state of freight mobility on 
the United States highway system and the challenges posed by a 
freight capacity shortage in the near future.
    On May 24, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Understanding Contemporary Public Private Transactions. Members 
heard testimony from the Governors of Indiana and Virginia on 
public private transportation transactions in their States as 
well as testimony from experts who put these transactions 
together.
    On June 7, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
implementation of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The hearing 
focused on the progress of the Administration's efforts to 
implement the recently enacted surface transportation program 
reauthorization and provided the Members opportunity to ask 
questions on the process of the implementation of new programs 
and regulatory action.
    On June 15, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Intermodalism. The Members discussed the concept of 
Intermodalism and how it can be used in transportation planning 
to solve transportation problems, such as congestion and 
freight delay.
    On June 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate Highway 
System. The testimony focused on the interstate's history, 
impact, and future outlook.
    On July 19, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on Rail Transit Safety. The hearing examined the 
effectiveness and management of the Federal Transit 
Administration's State Safety Oversight program, which governs 
the safety of rail transit systems other than commuter rail.
    On July 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a Member's Briefing 
on the status of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
sponsored Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel emission reduction rule. The 
briefing provided Members with the background of EPA's 2007 
Heavy-Duty Highway Rule and how the implementation will affect 
the different stakeholders in the diesel fuel industry.
    On September 7, 2006, the Subcommittee held the second 
hearing in the freight series. The hearing focused on freight 
logistics. Witnesses explained how businesses rely on an 
efficient and reliable transportation system making supply 
chain management decisions and how important freight logistics 
is to those decisions.
    On September 13, 2006, the Transportation and 
Infrastructure Committee held a hearing regarding the low-
pressure liquid pipeline in the North Slope, Greater Prudhoe 
Bay, Alaska.
        SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS

                             Bills Enacted

  SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FLEXIBLE, EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A 
                            LEGACY FOR USERS

                                 H.R. 3

                       (Became Public Law 109-59)

    This legislation expanded the authorization under the Swift 
Act for high speed rail corridor development to $100 million 
per year for seven years. The existing law was also broadened 
to permit Swift Act funds to be used for the acquisition of 
high speed trains, signal systems and infrastructure. This 
legislation also expanded the existing $3.5 billion Railroad 
Infrastructure Finance loan program (RRIF) to $35 billion. 
These funds may be used by State and local governments, 
railroads, entities in a joint venture with a railroad, 
interstate compacts, and certain shippers to provide funding 
for railroad lines, cars and facilities.
    The Alaska Railroad is authorized to receive fund for 
technology and rolling stock.
    The following railroad related provisions were also 
included in this Act:
    Rehabilitation and improvement financing expanded the 
existing $3.5 billion Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement 
Financing loan program (RRIF) to $35 billion. These funds may 
be used by State and local governments, railroads, entities in 
a joint venture with a railroad, interstate compacts and 
certain shippers to provide funding for railroad lines, cars 
and facilities. The Alaska Railroad is eligible for these 
funds.
    H.R. 3 enacted a new authorization to provide Federal 
assistance for the relocation of rail lines to enhance motor 
vehicle and pedestrian traffic, safety, community quality of 
life, and area commerce. The authorization provides 
$350,000,000 for each of the Fiscal Years 2006 through 2009.
    The Act also authorizes the Secretary of Department of 
Transportation to make general fund grants to the Alaska 
Railroad for capital rehabilitation and improvements benefiting 
its passenger operations.
    The Act orders the Department of Transportation to conduct 
a study of the safety and security impacts of blocked highway 
grade crossings.
    The Act orders the improvement of safety standards for 
welded rail tracks and requires the Department of 
Transportation to conduct further studies on railroad tank car 
safety.
    The Act provides $1.8 million for the Transportation 
Research Board (TRB) to conduct a comprehensive study of our 
nation's rail transportation system. The TRB is required to 
complete the study within one year of enactment and submit a 
report to Congress.
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                       ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005

                                 H.R. 6

                          (Public Law 109-58)

    Included in the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 
were $65 million in new funding to increase locomotive fuel 
efficiency and reduce emissions, and $45 million in new funding 
for the installation of devices to reduce diesel locomotive 
idling.
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         RAILROAD RETIREMENT TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5074

               REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON JULY 17, 2006

                  PASSED BY THE HOUSE ON JULY 25, 2006

               PASSED BY THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2006

                      (Became Public Law 109-305)

    Current law (enacted in 2001) mandates that the Railroad 
Retirement Board utilize a private disbursing agent to send 
Tier II checks to retirees. Implementation of this requirement 
has been delayed in appropriations measures each year, because 
using a private disbursing agent would result in increased cost 
to the Railroad Retirement Board.
    H.R. 5074 permanently amends the Railroad Retirement Act to 
use the United States Treasury as the disbursing agent. This 
Act results in a savings of $2 million per year.
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        THE RAILROAD RETIREMENT DISABILITY EARNINGS ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5483

                          (Public Law 109-XXX)

    Under current law, the Railroad Retirement Board pays 
disabled railroad workers a stipend averaging $1,911 per month. 
Disabled workers may earn additional outside income, but not 
more than $400 per month.
    H.R. 5483 permanently amends the Railroad Retirement Act to 
increase the amount of permissible outside earnings. The Act 
raises the earnings limit from $400 to $700 per month effective 
January 1, 2007, and enacts an indexing formula to provide for 
automatic increases in the future. The cost estimate from the 
Congressional Budget Office is less than $500,000 per year.

                           Other Legislation


                   AMTRAK REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005


                               H.R. 1630


             REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NOVEMBER 8, 2005

    The Amtrak Reauthorization Act of 2005 amends Federal 
transportation law to authorize appropriations for Amtrak for 
Fiscal Year 2006 through 2008 for: (1) capital expenditures; 
(2) certain mandatory payments; and (3) Amtrak's contractual 
obligations for commuter and state-supported passenger rail 
service.
    The bill's mandatory Amtrak payments to the Treasury 
include: (1) an amount equal to the tax Amtrak must pay as an 
employer under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act that is more 
than the amount needed for anticipated benefits for retirees 
and their beneficiaries; (2) amounts necessary to pay the 
contribution for employee unemployment benefits under the 
Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act that are more than its 
obligations calculated on an experience-related basis; and (3) 
amounts necessary to pay railroad unemployment repayment taxes.
    The bill requires Amtrak to transmit to the Secretary of 
Transportation annually a comprehensive business plan, 
including targets for ridership and for each intercity train 
route (including Autotrain), revenues, and capital and 
operating expenses, and supplemental reports describing the 
work completed to date, any changes to the business plan, and 
the reasons for such changes.
    It also prohibits the use of amounts appropriated under 
this Act to subsidize operating losses of commuter rail 
passenger or rail freight transportation.
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 RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY


                               H.R. 1631


             REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NOVEMBER 8, 2005

    H.R. 1631 permits the Secretary of Transportation to 
designate tax-exempt bonds and tax-credited bonds for funding 
the development of high-speed rail in the United States. The 
amount of bonds the Secretary of Transportation may designate 
to be issued in each year is limited to $1.2 billion per year 
from 2006--2015 of private activity tax-exempt bonds and $1.2 
billion per year from 2006-2015 of tax-credit bonds. Any amount 
that the Secretary of Transportation does not designate in a 
year may be carried over and designated in subsequent years 
(through Fiscal Year 2019).
    H.R. 1631 would also authorize approximately $60 billion in 
infrastructure funding for high-speed rail corridors and other 
rail infrastructure. This would be divided principally between 
authority for States participating in high-speed rail to issue 
tax-exempt and/or tax-credit bonds, and an expansion of the 
existing Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing 
(RRIF) loan program established in TEA-21 (Public Law 105-178) 
from $3.5 billion in authorized principal to #35 billion. H.R. 
1631 would also reauthorize and expand the existing Swift Rail 
Development Act program of general fund grants for planning and 
technology development related to high-speed rail cooridors.
    Expansion of the RRIF program and the Swift Rail 
Development Act program was included in SAFETEA: LU.

                                Hearings

    On April 28, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on new 
technologies for rail safety. Witnesses testified about new 
rail inspection technologies, positive train control, and 
vehicle crash protection.
    On May 11, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled 
``Getting Acela Back on Track.'' The hearing focused on the 
discovery of cracks on the Acela's brake discs, which had 
recently sidelined the entire fleet.
    On June 9, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
Amtrak Food and Beverage Department and uncovered losses in 
excess of $100 million per year. Along with several other 
witnesses, the Amtrak Inspector General and Government 
Accountability Office presented testimony that Amtrak was 
spending two dollars for every dollar of Food and Beverage 
Revenue.
    On July 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Grade 
Crossing Safety. Witnesses included the National Transportation 
Safety Board, Operation Lifesaver, the Federal Railroad 
Administration, and others. Testimony included an examination 
of current injury rates and new technologies to reduce 
injuries.
    On September 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Amtrak Reform Proposals. The Subcommittee received testimony 
from the Department of Transportation General Counsel, 
Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, and 
several private experts regarding the restructuring of Amtrak.
    On November 15, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Current Governance Issues at Amtrak. In the wake of the 
departure of Amtrak CEO David Gunn, the Subcommittee held this 
hearing to examine whether Amtrak had a legally constituted 
Board of Directors and a quorum to conduct business.
    On March 15, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement 
Financing (RRIF) loan program, which was expanded by Public Law 
109-59, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act. The 
Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 
appeared as the sole witness and explained FRA's handling of 
the expanded RRIF program.
    On April 26, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on rail 
capacity. Witnesses included the Federal Railroad 
Administration, representatives of the rail industry and 
shippers, and industry expert Carl Martland of the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    On May 10, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing 
on Railroad Retirement reform. Testimony was elicited from 
representatives of rail labor and management, the Chairman of 
the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Trustees of the National 
Railroad Retirement Investment Trust.
    On May 23, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
railroad waste facilities. The main question of the hearing 
involved the applicability of Federal preemption under Section 
10501(b)(2) of title 49, United States Code, to waste transload 
facilities operated by railroads.
    On June 13, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
transportation of Hazardous Materials. The focus of the hearing 
was current regulatory requirements, routing, liability 
exposure and common carrier obligations.
    On June 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Federal Railroad Administration Safety Initiatives. The 
Subcommittee examined issues and problems relating to recent 
safety initiatives at the Federal Railroad Administration, 
including Department of Transportation Secretary Norman 
Mineta's Action Plan Addressing Critical Railroad Safety 
Issues.
    On July 25, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Human 
Factors, including the impact of the Hours of Service Act on 
employee fatigue.
    On September 28, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
entitled ``New Hands on the Amtrak Throttle,'' which served to 
introduce new Amtrak CEO Alexander Kummant to the Subcommittee.
   SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND 
                              ENVIRONMENT

    During the 109th Congress the Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment was chaired by Congressman John J. 
Duncan, Jr. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson served as 
Ranking Democratic Member. Over the course of this Congress the 
Subcommittee had referred to it or took action on four bills 
that became public laws, three bills that were approved by the 
House but did not become public law, and five bills that were 
approved by the Committee but were not considered by the House. 
The Committee also approved 33 Committee Resolutions 
authorizing studies by the Corps of Engineers of potential 
water resources projects and one Committee Resolution 
authorizing a small flood control project to be carried out by 
the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Subcommittee 
held 18 hearings during the 109th Congress.

                          Enacted Legislation

AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH MARCH 31, 2006, THE AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY 
   OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-FEDERAL 
       PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS

                               H.R. 3765

                          (Public Law 109-99)

    H.R. 3765 provided a short-term extension through March 31, 
2006, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act, H.R. 2864. H.R. 3765 became Public 
Law 109-99.

   AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2006, THE AUTHORITY OF THE 
  SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-
   FEDERAL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS

                               H.R. 4826

                          (Public Law 109-209)

    H.R. 4826 provides a short-term extension through December 
31, 2006, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act, H.R. 2864. H.R. 4826 became Public 
Law 109-209.

 A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO EXTEND THE 
         AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR LONG ISLAND SOUND

                               H.R. 3963

                          (Public Law 109-137)

    H.R. 3963 reauthorizes the Long Island Sound program within 
the Environmental Protection Agency to provide $40 million a 
year for the protection and restoration of the Long Island 
Sound. On December 22, 2005, this bill became Public Law 109-
137.

               LONG ISLAND SOUND STEWARDSHIP ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 5160

                          (Public Law 109-359)

    H.R. 5160 establishes the Long Island Sound Stewardship 
Initiative and Advisory Committee to identify, protect, and 
enhance sites in Connecticut and New York that are within the 
Long Island Sound region and which have significant ecological, 
educational, open space, public access, or recreational values. 
The bill requires the Advisory Committee to identify areas with 
significant value as potential stewardship sites and to report 
on recommended sites and recommended grants for securing and 
improving those sites. The bill directs the Environmental 
Protection Agency to review the Advisory Committee's 
recommendations, approve stewardship sites, award grants, and 
report annually on the Initiative.

   TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO REAUTHORIZE A 
    PROGRAM RELATING TO THE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN, AND FOR OTHER 
                                PURPOSES

                               H.R. 6121

                          (Public Law 109-392)

    H.R. 6121 amends section 121 of the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act to reauthorize appropriations for the Environmental 
Protection Agency's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration 
Program in Louisiana and Mississippi. The purpose of the 
program is to restore the ecological health of the Basin by 
developing and funding restoration projects and related 
scientific and public education projects. On November 13, 2006, 
the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6121 by voice vote, 
and the Senate passed H.R. 6121 by unanimous consent on 
November 16, 2006. The bill was presented to the President on 
December 4, 2006.

   AN ACT TO EXTEND THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008, THE AUTHORITY OF THE 
  SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO ACCEPT AND EXPEND FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY NON-
   FEDERAL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF PERMITS.

                               H.R. 6316

                          (Public Law 109-434)

    H.R. 6316 provides a short-term extension through December 
31, 2008, of the authority of the Corps of Engineers to accept 
funds from public entities to expedite the processing of Corps 
of Engineers permits. This issue is also addressed in the Water 
Resources Development Act (WRDA), H.R. 2864. H.R. 6316 was 
presented to the President on December 11, 2006.

                           Other Legislation

         THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WATER COMMISSION ACT OF 2005

                                H.R. 135

    H.R. 135 establishes the Twenty-First Century Water 
Commission to provide a report to Congress with recommendations 
to address future water supply and demand. The report would 
include recommendations relating to management of water, 
incentives to ensure an adequate and dependable water supply, 
capturing excess water and flood water for conservation and use 
in the event of a drought, financing for comprehensive water 
management projects, appropriate public works projects, and 
finally the conservation of existing water supplies, including 
recommendations for repairing aging infrastructure. The House 
passed H.R. 135 by a vote of 402-22 on April 12, 2005.

                WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 2864

    H.R. 2864 authorizes over $10 billion for critical flood 
control, hurricane protection, navigation, and ecosystem 
restoration projects around the United States. The bill 
includes funding for several major projects including the 
expansion of seven navigation locks on the Upper Mississippi 
River and Illinois Waterway ($1.795 billion Federal cost); the 
restoration of the Upper Mississippi River ecosystem ($2.7 
billion Federal cost); the first two Everglades restoration 
projects ($780 million Federal cost); the Morganza to the Gulf 
hurricane protection project for Louisiana ($512 million 
Federal cost); and restoration of the Louisiana Coastal Area 
($718 million Federal cost). Studies of these projects have 
been completed and will bring significant economic and 
environmental benefits to the Nation. On June 16, 2005, the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment approved the 
Water Resources Development Act of 2005 for Full Committee 
action, with an amendment, by voice vote. On June 22, 2005, the 
Full Committee ordered H.R. 2864 reported, with an amendment, 
by voice vote. The Committee filed its report on June 24, 2005, 
(House Report 109-154). On July 14, 2005, the House of 
Representatives considered H.R. 2864 under H. Res. 346, and 
passed the bill by a vote of 406-14.

A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO REAUTHORIZE 
 PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF COASTAL RECREATION WATERS, AND FOR 
                             OTHER PURPOSES

                               H.R. 1721

    H.R. 1721 reauthorizes the Environmental Protection Agency 
program to improve the quality of coastal recreation waters to 
ensure safe beaches for swimming and other recreation 
activities. The bill includes $30 million annually for States 
to monitor water quality. H.R. 1721 passed the House of 
Representatives by voice vote on December 7, 2005.

             THE NATIONAL LEVEE SAFETY PROGRAM ACT OF 2006

                               H.R. 4650

    H.R. 4650, requires the United States Army Corps of 
Engineers to produce an inventory of levees in the United 
States, provides incentives for States to develop their own 
levee safety programs, and establishes an Interagency Committee 
on Levee Safety to create standards for Federal levees. H.R. 
4650 authorizes $90 million over six years of the program. On 
June 28, 2006, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure ordered H.R. 4650 reported, with an amendment, 
by voice vote. The Committee filed its report on July 28, 2006 
(House Report 109-609).

 A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO AUTHORIZE 
           APPROPRIATIONS FOR SEWER OVERFLOW CONTROL GRANTS.

                                H.R. 624

    H.R. 624 reauthorizes Environmental Protection Agency 
grants to municipalities and States to control overflows of 
untreated waste that can occur during episodes of wet weather 
and can pose a health and safety risk. H.R. 624 would authorize 
appropriations of $250 million annually over the 2006-2011 
period for this purpose. On May 18, 2005, the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure ordered H.R. 624 reported by 
voice vote. The Committee filed its report on July 13, 2005 
(House Report 109-166).

 A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO EXTEND THE 
          PILOT PROGRAM FOR ALTERNATIVE WATER SOURCE PROJECTS

                               H.R. 1359

    H.R. 1359 reauthorizes appropriations for Environmental 
Protection Agency grants for alternative water source projects 
to meet critical water supply needs. These grants can be used 
by communities to create alternative water supplies through 
reclamation, reuse, and conservation. H.R. 1359 authorizes a 
total of $125 million for this purpose through 2010. On May 18, 
2005, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
ordered H.R. 1359 reported by voice vote. The Committee filed 
its report on July 13, 2005 (House Report 109-167).

         THE CHESAPEAKE BAY RESTORATION ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2005

                               H.R. 4126

    H.R. 4126 reauthorizes appropriations for the Chesapeake 
Bay Program through 2011. It requires the Environmental 
Protection Agency to report biannually on the progress being 
made toward meeting tributary goals. The bill establishes an 
Implementation Assistance Program for local governments, and 
Targeted Watershed Grants to address nonpoint sources of 
nutrient and sediment pollution. It increases the overall 
authorization for the program from $40 million to $50 million. 
On September 20, 2006, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure ordered H.R. 4126 reported, with an amendment, 
by voice vote.

A BILL TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, COMPENSATION, 
                           AND LIABILITY ACT

                               H.R. 5810

    H.R. 5810 authorizes appropriations for the Environmental 
Protection Agency's brownfields program through 2012 and 
requires reports Congress every four years providing a 
description of the management of the brownfields program and 
the allocation of funds. It eliminates the requirement that 25 
percent of available funding be devoted to petroleum-specific 
site cleanup, though petroleum sites are still eligible. On 
June 28, 2006, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure ordered H.R. 5810 reported by voice vote. The 
Committee filed its report on July 28, 2006 (House Report 109-
608).

  AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO CARRY OUT CERTAIN 
   ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT FOR HURRICANE AND STORM DAMAGE REDUCTION, 
               MORGANZA TO THE GULF OF MEXICO, LOUISIANA

                               H.R. 6428

    H.R. 6428, authorizes two smaller flood damage reduction 
components of a larger flood damage reduction project to 
protect south-central Louisiana. On December 9, 2006, this bill 
passed the House of Representatives by voice vote.

                                Hearings

    The Subcommittee met on February 16, 2005, to receive 
testimony from the Environmental Protection Agency and the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on their 
proposed budgets and program priorities for Fiscal Year 2006. 
The purpose this hearing was to provide Members with an 
opportunity to review both the Fiscal Year 2006 budget request 
and Administration priorities for consideration in the 
Subcommittee's legislative and oversight agenda for the first 
session of the 109th Congress.
    The Subcommittee met on March 10, 2005, to receive 
testimony from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the 
Tennessee Valley Authority, the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 
on their proposed budgets and program priorities for Fiscal 
Year 2006. This hearing was intended to provide Members with an 
opportunity to review the agencies' Fiscal Year 2006 budget 
requests, as well as Administration priorities for 
consideration in the Subcommittee's legislative and oversight 
agenda for the first session of the 109th Congress.
    The Subcommittee met on March 16, 2005, to receive 
testimony from Members of Congress regarding their requests for 
authorizations for United States Army Corps of Engineers water 
resources projects to be included in the Water Resources 
Development Act of 2005.
    The Subcommittee met on April 13, 2005, to receive 
testimony on wastewater blending at wastewater treatment plants 
during peak wet weather flow conditions. Testimony was provided 
by State and local government officials, as well as 
environmental health science experts and advocates for 
environmental groups and municipalities.
    The Subcommittee held a two-part hearing on Financing Water 
Infrastructure Projects on June 8 and 14, 2005. The hearing 
explored questions of how our Nation can bridge the large 
funding gap that now exists between water infrastructure needs, 
current levels of spending, how to fund water infrastructure 
projects in the future, and who should pay for it. Testimony 
was received from several State and local governments, national 
associations including the National Association of Clean Water 
Agencies, the Associated General Contractors of America, and 
the American Water Works Association, the project finance 
community, and advocates for alternative wastewater treatment.
    The Subcommittee met on September 29, 2005, to receive 
testimony on H.R. 1749, the ``Pest Management and Fire 
Suppression Flexibility Act.'' Witnesses included 
Representatives Otter and Cardoza, and representatives of the 
Environmental Protection Agency, a State forestry agency, the 
agricultural community, the irrigation community, and the 
environmental health and safety community.
    The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management held a joint hearing on October 18, 2005, 
to receive testimony on how to rebuild New Orleans in the wake 
of Hurricane Katrina. The Subcommittees heard from State and 
local elected officials, a representative of the cultural 
community, an urban planner, a community representative, a 
representative of the business community, a representative from 
the Port of New Orleans, a representative from the oil and gas 
industry, a representative from the environmental community, 
and a representative of the commercial fishing industry. The 
focus of this hearing was to provide an opportunity for State 
and local leaders to describe their vision for the future of 
New Orleans and to outline a strategy for achieving that goal.
    The Subcommittee met on October 20, 2005, to receive 
testimony from public and private witnesses on how to integrate 
hurricane and storm damage reduction and flood damage 
reduction, navigation, coastal ecosystem restoration, and other 
water resources needs, while meeting local objectives for 
rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from the Department of the Army (Civil 
Works), the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the 
Environmental Protection Agency, a representative of the 
Governor of Louisiana, and a representative of the Governor of 
Mississippi, as well as United States and Dutch civil 
engineering experts, a coastal restoration expert, a navigation 
expert, and a geologist.
    On October 27, 2005, the Subcommittee received testimony 
from national flood damage reduction and floodplain management 
experts regarding flood risks throughout the Nation and the 
policy implications of any decisions to provide hurricane and 
storm damage protection for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from Dr. Gerald E. Galloway 
(Brigadier General, United States Army, Retired), a 
representative of the National Association of Flood and 
Stormwater Management Agencies, and a representative of the 
Association of State Floodplain Managers.
    The Subcommittee met on March 1, 2006, to receive testimony 
from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway 
Development Corporation on their proposed budgets and program 
priorities for Fiscal Year 2007. This hearing was intended to 
provide Members with an opportunity to review the agencies' 
Fiscal Year 2007 budget requests, as well as Administration 
priorities for consideration in the Subcommittee's legislative 
and oversight agenda for the second session of the 109th 
Congress.
    The Subcommittee met on March 8, 2006, to receive testimony 
from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration, and the Tennessee Valley 
Authority on their proposed budgets and program priorities for 
Fiscal Year 2007. This hearing was intended to provide Members 
with an opportunity to review the President's Fiscal Year 2007 
Budget Request for these agencies, as well as Administration 
priorities for consideration in the Subcommittee's legislative 
and oversight agenda for the second session of the 109th 
Congress.
    The Subcommittee met on March 30, 2006, to receive 
testimony on barriers to the cleanup of abandoned mine sites 
and potential means for encouraging volunteers (or so-called 
``Good Samaritans'') to clean up abandoned mines. Witnesses 
included representatives of the Environmental Protection 
Agency, the Western Governors Association, the Interstate 
Mining Compact Commission, a municipal utilities district, 
environmental and conservation organizations, and the academic 
community.
    The Subcommittee met on April 6, 2006, to receive testimony 
on H.R. 4650, the ``National Levee Safety Program Act.'' 
Witnesses included a representative from the Army Corps of 
Engineers, a representative from the American Society of Civil 
Engineers, a representative from National Association of Flood 
and Stormwater Management Agencies, and a representative from 
the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
    The Subcommittee met on May 4, 2006, to receive testimony 
on H.R. 4126, the ``Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Enhancement 
Act.'' Witnesses included representatives from the 
Environmental Protection Agency, the Chesapeake Bay Executive 
Council, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Chesapeake Bay 
Local Government Advisory Committee, and the Chesapeake Bay 
Foundation.
    The Subcommittee met on May 18, 2006, to receive testimony 
concerning ``Environmental Protection Agency Grants Management 
2003-2006: Progress and Challenge.'' Witnesses included the 
Government Accountability Office, the Environmental Protection 
Agency's (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the EPA 
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and 
Resources Management, and an EPA Regional Administrator.
    The Subcommittee met on June 8, 2006, to receive testimony 
on the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program 
and reauthorization of the ``Brownfields Revitalization and 
Environmental Restoration Act of 2001.'' Witnesses included 
representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, a 
State brownfields agency, a local brownfields agency, a private 
developer, and a non-profit entity.
    The Subcommittee met on September 13, 2006, to receive 
testimony on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy 
and how it is serving as a framework for restoring and 
protecting the Great Lakes. Witnesses included representatives 
of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of 
Engineers, the Department of the Interior, the Great Lakes 
region's governors and mayors, and the academic community.

                    SUMMARY OF OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES

                    Water Resources and Environment

1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--Clean Water Act and Water 
        Infrastructure Programs
    The Subcommittee examined EPA Clean Water Act and water 
infrastructure program issues as part of a hearing the 
Subcommittee held on February 16, 2005, on agencies' proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The 
Subcommittee also received testimony on EPA Clean Water Act and 
water infrastructure program issues in a hearing held on March 
8, 2006 on the agency's proposed program priorities and budgets 
for Fiscal Year 2007.
    The Subcommittee met on April 13, 2005, to receive 
testimony wastewater blending at wastewater treatment plants 
during peak wet weather flow conditions. On June 8, 2005, and 
June 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held hearings on meeting the 
Nation's wastewater infrastructure needs. The hearing led to 
the development of H.R. 4560, the ``Clean Water Trust Act of 
2005'', introduced on December 15, 2005. The Subcommittee met 
on September 29, 2005, to receive testimony on H.R. 1749, the 
``Pest Management and Fire Suppression Flexibility Act.'' The 
Subcommittee met on March 30, 2006, to receive testimony on 
barriers to the cleanup of abandoned mine sites and potential 
means for encouraging volunteers (or so called ``Good 
Samaritans'') to clean up abandoned mines. The Subcommittee met 
on May 4, 2006, to receive testimony on H.R. 4126, the 
``Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Enhancement Act.'' This 
hearing led to the Committee markup of H.R. 4126 on September 
20, 2006. The Subcommittee met on May 18, 2006, to receive 
testimony concerning ``EPA Grants Management 2003-2006: 
Progress and Challenge.'' The Subcommittee met on September 13, 
2006, to receive testimony on the Great Lakes Regional 
Collaboration Strategy and how it is serving as a framework for 
restoring and protecting the Great Lakes.
    The Subcommittee conducted oversight of wastewater 
treatment and water pollution control funding issues, including 
levels and sources of funding and management of grant and loan 
programs, and wastewater infrastructure and security needs. The 
Subcommittee conducted oversight of regulatory and non-
regulatory approaches to water pollution control, including 
watershed, market, and performance-based approaches to 
regulation; issues involving water quality standards; total 
maximum daily loads; effluent limitations; and permitting. A 
major ongoing goal of the 109th Congress for the Transportation 
Committee Oversight staff was work concerning the EPA's Grants 
Management Process. In the last year, major progress has been 
seen in the areas of identifying qualified grantees, ensuring 
environmental results from grant projects, monitoring grantee 
follow-through, and developing a system of direct 
accountability for EPA project managers. The results are 
greater environmental benefits as well as savings of millions 
of dollars.
    Working closely with the EPA Inspector General, the 
Government Accountability Office, and the Water Resources and 
Environment Subcommittee, EPA has implemented a series of new 
policy guidelines and procedural changes within the agency as a 
result of the Committee's oversight efforts. These changes 
focused on employee training; development of an effective 
performance review process for the agency personnel overseeing 
the grants process; more competition in the awarding of EPA 
grants; and greater tracking and monitoring of grants.
2. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Program
    The Subcommittee examined the Army Corps of Engineers water 
resources program issues as part of a hearing the Subcommittee 
held on March 10, 2005, on agencies' proposed program 
priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The Subcommittee 
also received testimony on the Army Corps of Engineers water 
resources program in a hearing held on March 1, 2006, on the 
agency's proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2007.
    The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management held a joint hearing on October 18, 2005, 
to receive testimony on how to rebuild New Orleans in the wake 
of Hurricane Katrina. The Subcommittee met on October 20, 2005, 
to receive testimony from public and private witnesses on how 
to integrate hurricane and storm damage reduction, and flood 
damage reduction, navigation, coastal ecosystem restoration, 
and other water resources needs, while meeting local objectives 
for rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. On October 27, 
2005, the Subcommittee received testimony from national flood 
damage reduction and floodplain management experts regarding 
flood risks throughout the Nation and the policy implications 
of any decisions to provide hurricane and storm damage 
protection for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The Subcommittee 
met on April 6, 2006, to receive testimony on H.R. 4650, the 
``National Levee Safety Program Act.'' This hearing led to the 
Committee favorably reporting the bill on July 28, 2006.
    The Subcommittee reviewed efforts to improve the efficiency 
and effectiveness of the organization and the management and 
mission of the civil works program of the Army Corps of 
Engineers, including the selection, planning, and 
implementation of water resources projects. The Subcommittee 
also reviewed the agency's regulatory programs, including those 
pertaining to wetlands and dredging activities.
3. Environmental Protection Agency--Comprehensive Environmental 
        Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund and 
        Brownfields
    The Subcommittee examined Environmental Protection Agency 
CERCLA and Brownfields program issues as part of a hearing the 
Subcommittee held on February 16, 2005, on agencies' proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The 
Subcommittee also received testimony on Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) CERCLA and Brownfields program issues 
in a hearing held on March 8, 2006, on the agency's proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007.
    The Subcommittee met on May 18, 2006, to receive testimony 
concerning ``EPA Grants Management 2003-2006: Progress and 
Challenge.'' The Subcommittee met on June 8, 2006, to receive 
testimony on the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields 
Program and reauthorization of the ``Brownfields Revitalization 
and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001.'' This led to the 
introduction of H.R. 5810, a bill to reauthorize the 
Brownfields program.
    The Subcommittee reviewed the liability, financing, funding 
levels, and settlement mechanisms and procedures of the current 
Superfund program, including implementation of the Small 
Business Liability Protection Act; a review of the role of the 
States in conducting and financing cleanups; a review of the 
relationships among the States, EPA, and other Federal entities 
in implementing the Superfund program; and a review of ongoing 
Federal, State, and local efforts to revitalize 
``brownfields,'' including implementation of the Brownfields 
Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act.
    In addition to formal hearings, the Subcommittee Chairman 
requested the Inspector General (IG) of the EPA to review the 
agency's Brownfields program. This led to the IG issuing a 
report on June 7, 2005, showing how the agency can better 
manage administrative resources to more effectively manage the 
Brownfields Program.
4. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, and Other 
        Regional Water and Ecosystem Restoration Issues
    Oversight by the Subcommittee included a review of regional 
and local projects, issues, and controversies involving water 
quality; water supply; water resources conservation, 
development, management, and policy; environmental protection; 
and flood control. A hearing on the Great Lakes Regional 
Collaboration Strategy was held on September 13, 2006.
5. Coast Guard/Environmental Protection Agency/Army Corps of Engineers 
        National Invasive Species Act.
    In cooperation with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation, the Subcommittee reviewed efforts by 
various agencies to implement the Nonindigenous Aquatic 
Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, as amended by the 
National Invasive Species Act of 1996, the effectiveness of 
those efforts, and the need for further action to control 
invasions of nonindigenous aquatic species through ballast 
water.
6. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
    The Subcommittee examined TVA's programs as part of a 
hearing the Subcommittee held on March 10, 2005, on the 
agency's proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received testimony on TVA's 
programs in a hearing held on March 8, 2006, on agencies' 
proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007.
    Oversight included a review of TVA programs, including its 
energy program and operations in the current and in a less 
regulated marketplace, TVA's management structure, and the 
impact of TVA debt. During the 109th Congress, additional 
efforts have been undertaken by the Committee to work with TVA 
and validate its efforts to reduce its financial obligations. 
The goal is to ensure that TVA can remain competitive in the 
emerging energy markets as well as serve the people of the 
Tennessee Valley. To accomplish this objective, the Committee 
has worked with TVA, the local delegation, GAO, and the Office 
of Management and Budget. The principle challenge for TVA has 
been to reduce the amount of debt it is carrying. Based largely 
on its investments in nuclear power plants, TVA debt load in 
the late 1990's reached a high of $27.7 billion. Currently, TVA 
carries $25.6 billion in total financial obligations.
    The Committee has continued to work with TVA since it 
adopted its new strategic plan in January 2004. In that plan, 
TVA management acknowledged that reducing debt and associated 
fixed costs were critical to improving TVA's financial 
condition and competitive prospects. At that time they adopted 
a goal of reducing statutory debt by $3 to $5 billion over ten 
to 12 years. In the last year, the Committee has worked with 
the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the 
assumptions in that plan to make sure that TVA has a realistic 
strategy and the necessary commitments in place to reach its 
debt reduction goals.
    Following a request from the Subcommittee, the Government 
Accountability Office released in August 2006 a report titled 
``Tennessee Valley Authority Plans to Reduce Debt While Meeting 
Demand for Power''. The report describes how TVA plans to meet 
its goals for reducing debt, assesses the reasonableness of 
TVA's approach in developing its plan, identifies key factors 
that could impact TVA's ability to successfully carry out its 
plan, and identifies how TVA's plans for meeting the growing 
demand for power in the Tennessee Valley may impact its ability 
to reduce debt.
7. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
    The Subcommittee examined the SLSDC's program as part of a 
hearing the Subcommittee held on March 10, 2005, on agencies' 
proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. 
The Subcommittee also received testimony on the SLSDC's program 
in a hearing held on March 1, 2006, on the agency's proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007.
    Oversight included a review of the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the SLSDC's current operations and structure, 
possible improvements in the operation of the Seaway, SLSDC 
impacts on national security and the economy, and the relation 
of the SLSDC to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, 
its Canadian counterpart.
8. EPA and Coast Guard Oil Pollution Act (OPA)
    Oversight included a review, in cooperation with the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, of the 
oil spill response, planning, and liability provisions under 
the Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act, and enforcement 
activities and effectiveness under the oil spill prevention and 
response laws. No formal oversight was conducted on this issue.
9. Army Corps of Engineers/Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/
        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean 
        and Coastal Programs and Policies
    The Subcommittee examined NOAA's program issues as part of 
a hearing the Subcommittee held on February 16, 2005, on 
agencies' proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received testimony on NOAA's 
program issues in a hearing held on March 8, 2006, on the 
agency's proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2007.
    Oversight efforts included a review of dredged material 
management and disposal under the Ocean Dumping Act, Water 
Resources Development Acts, and the Clean Water Act. Oversight 
efforts also included various ocean and coastal water quality 
and shoreline protection issues under the Clean Water Act, 
Coastal Zone Management Act, Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization 
Amendments, and Water Resources Development Acts.
10. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Small Watershed 
        Program
    The Subcommittee examined the NRCS small watershed programs 
as part of a hearing the Subcommittee held on March 10, 2005, 
on agencies' proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received testimony on the NRCS 
small watershed programs in a hearing held on March 1, 2006, on 
the agency's proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2007.
    Oversight included a review of the Small Watershed Program, 
authorized under P.L. 83-566, and conducted by the United 
States Department of Agriculture's NRCS, including its relation 
to other conservation, environmental restoration, and flood 
control efforts.
11. Agency Performance and Results, Agency Innovation, and Ensuring 
        Against Duplicative Programs
    The Subcommittee's oversight effort included a review of 
agency programs, performance, and results, including agency 
efforts to implement the Government Performance and Results 
Act. Oversight efforts also includes efforts of agencies, such 
as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of 
Engineers, to improve environmental results by encouraging 
regulatory innovation, such as market-based, watershed-based, 
and performance-based approaches undertaken by State and local 
governments; and a review of agency programs with a view toward 
ensuring against duplication of such programs. No formal 
oversight was conducted on this issue.

    Water Resources Survey Resolutions Approved by the Committee on 
                   Transportation and Infrastructure

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    Mr. Smith (NJ): Wreck Pond, Monmouth County, NJ, Docket 
number: 2737, Date filed: March 1, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Baker (LA): West Feliciana Parish, LA, Docket number: 
2738, Date filed: March 2, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Dent: North Hampton and Lehigh County Streams, PA, 
Docket number: 2739, Date filed: March 2, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Boustany: Vermilion River, LA, Docket number: 2740, 
Date filed: March 2, 2005 (navigation).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Menendez: Elizabeth River, Elizabeth, NJ, Docket 
number: 2741, Date filed: March 2, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Peterson: North Central, PA, Docket number: 2742, Date 
filed: March 2, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Crowley: Eastchester Bay, Turtle Cove, NY, Docket 
number: 2743, Date filed: March 3, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Gutknecht: Cedar River Watershed, Austin, MN, Docket 
number: 2744, Date filed: March 23, 2005 (comprehensive).
          October 26, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Doyle: Pittsburgh Pool Corridor Improvements, PA, 
Docket number: 2745, Date filed: September 20, 2005 
(comprehensive).
          December 7, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Taylor of NC: Tennessee River Tributaries, NC, Docket 
number: 2746, Date filed: September 20, 2005 (comprehensive).
          December 7, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Boustany: Southwest West Central Louisiana, LA, Docket 
number: 2747, Date filed: December 6, 2005 (hurricane 
protection and storm damage reduction).
          December 7, 2005. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Nunes: Lower Kaweah Distributary System, CA, Docket 
number: 2748, Date filed: December 8, 2005 (flood damage 
reduction).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Leach: Cedar River, Time Creek Area, Cedar Rapids, IA, 
Docket number: 2749, Date filed: February 2, 2006 
(comprehensive).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Ms. Schwartz: Navigational Safety, Delaware River, PA, 
Docket number: 2750, Date filed: February 15, 2006 
(navigation).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. DeFazio: Coos Bay, OR, Docket number: 2751, Date filed: 
March 1, 2006 (navigation).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Baird: Vancouver Lake, Clark County, WA, Docket number: 
2752, Date filed: March 24, 2006 (erosion control and ecosystem 
restoration).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mrs. Kelly: Tenmile River, CT and NY, Docket number: 2753, 
Date filed: April 3, 2006 (comprehensive).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. King: Long Beach, Back Bay Shore, NY, Docket number: 
2754, Date filed: April 3, 2006 (comprehensive).
          April 25, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee 
        on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. McIntyre: Wilmington Harbor, NC, Docket number: 2755, 
Date filed: April 6, 2006 (navigation).
          June 28, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. McCrery and Mr. Alexander: J. Bennett Johnson Waterway, 
MS River to Shreveport, LA, Docket number: 2756, Date filed: 
April 26, 2006 (comprehensive).
          June 28, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Michaud: Penobscot River, ME, Docket number: 2757, Date 
filed: April 26, 2006 (ecosystem restoration).
          June 28, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Boyd: Okaloosa County, FL, Docket number: 2758, Date 
filed: June 15, 2006 (shoreline protection and environmental 
restoration).
          June 28, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Bishop: Forge River Watershed, Long Island, NY, Docket 
number: 2759, Date filed: June 22, 2006 (ecosystem restoration 
and flood control).
          June 28, 2006. Resolution adopted by the Committee on 
        Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. McIntyre: Bald Head Island, NC, Docket number: 2760, 
Date filed: June 22, 2006 (hurricane storm damage reduction and 
flood damage reduction).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Boehlert: Utica Marsh, NY, Docket number: 2761, Date 
filed: July 10, 2006 (ecosystem restoration).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Kucinich: Cuyahoga River and Ohio Canal, OH, Docket 
number: 2762, Date filed: September 15, 2006 (flood damage 
reduction and ecosystem restoration).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Holt: Manalaplan Brook Watershed, NJ, Docket number: 
2763, Date filed: September 11, 2006 (flood control and 
environmental protection).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Fortuno: San Juan Harbor, PR, Docket number: 2764, Date 
filed: February 23, 2006 (navigation project).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Paul: San Bernard River, TX, Docket number: 2765, Date 
filed: September 7, 2006 (flood control, navigation, and 
ecosystem restoration).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Boehlert: Mohawk River Watershed, NY, Docket number: 
2766, Date filed: September 8, 2006 (navigation, flood 
reduction, stream bank stabilization).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
    Mr. Melancon: Southeast LA, Docket number: 2767, Date 
filed: May 26, 2006 (comprehensive).
          September 20, 2006. Resolution adopted by the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

  WATERSHED PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND 
                             INFRASTRUCTURE

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    Name of Project: Caldwell County, Missouri
    Adopted: October 26, 2005
    Resolved by the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives, 
that pursuant to provisions of Public Law 83-566, the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service conducted a study and produced 
the Little Otter Creek Watershed and Environmental Impact 
Statement, approved by the Caldwell County commission and the 
Caldwell County Soil and Water Conservation District on May 23, 
2003.
    The National Economic Development (NED) plan is the 
recommended plan. It was selected by the Sponsors for 
implementation. The plan includes one multi-purpose reservoir 
for agricultural water management (rural water supply); fish, 
wildlife, and recreational development; and flood prevention in 
Caldwell County, Missouri. Proper recreational maintenance and 
replacement is planned for all measures for the 100-year life 
of the project. The total cost of the project is $6,229,500 of 
which $3,358,000 is Federal and $2,871,500 is the non-Federal 
share. The benefit-cost ratio of the project is 1.40.
SUMMARY OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE 
                  ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    The oversight and investigation functions of the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure are vested at the Full 
Committee level. Oversight and investigation activities are 
coordinated between the Full Committee and the Subcommittees. 
The following listed activities outline the Full Committee's 
activities.
    1. Satellite Utilization. The Committee continued its 
strategic evaluation of the role satellites will play in the 
future of the transportation industry. The evaluation included 
research, reports, fact finding trips, and meetings with the 
White House office in charge of positioning, navigation, and 
timing (PNT); the Government Accountability Office (GAO); the 
Department of Defense (DOD); the private sector; and Coast 
Guard Navigation office. A number of meetings were also held 
with the DOT offices responsible for developing PNT policy, 
because DOT is the lead agency for all Federal civil Global 
Positioning System (GPS) issues.
    Although the GPS was originally launched for military 
purposes, it has been expanded to civilian use. While there are 
many ways to measure GPS utilization, it would be safe to say 
that today the vast majority of individuals using GPS are 
civilian. Military needs for GPS no longer address some of the 
growing civilian uses. In future years, civilian priorities may 
become a factor in critical decisions such as when GPS 
satellites are upgraded and how GPS constellations are 
oriented.
    Currently, funding for GPS remains solely with military 
budgets. The result is that GPS upgrades compete with other 
military programs for priority. The cost-benefit analysis 
concerning opportunities for greater efficiency in the civilian 
sector from upgraded GPS satellites does not really factor into 
the equation. Another issue of whether and when to upgrade the 
GPS constellation is that a consortium of countries, led by the 
European Union, is developing an alternative GPS system which 
provides both opportunities and challenges for the domestic 
United States transportation sector.
    Other areas of responsibility within the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure that are uniquely affected by 
satellite utilization continue to be evaluated. They include: 
tracking cargo on an intermodal basis for security and safety; 
providing communications for the traveling public, freight 
operations, and real-time air carrier maintenance; management 
of the national airspace; and navigation infrastructure.
    2. Aviation Security. Oversight assessments were made in 
conjunction with the Aviation Subcommittee concerning: Federal 
Aviation Administration/Transportation Security Administration 
development of the Common Strategy to address threats posed by 
terrorists and disruptive passengers; the use of Personal 
Electronic Devices (PEDs) onboard airplanes; Department of 
Homeland Security/Transportation Security Administration's 
(TSA) continuing attempt to develop the computer assisted 
profiling of passengers using the ``Secure Flight'' system; the 
effectiveness of security and biometric measures that TSA may 
use to identify and screen passengers; and the list of items 
prohibited on flights along with the treatment of passengers 
that arrive at screening locations with prohibited items.
    3. Federal Aviation Administration operations and 
Department of Transportation aviation issues. Other oversight 
activities concerning Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and 
Department of Transportation (DOT) operations were conducted in 
cooperation with the Aviation Subcommittee. They included 
looking into the ways that the FAA uses internal documentation 
and electronic communications to manage information. In 
addition, meetings were held on the revisions that the FAA 
website underwent to organize information and provide greater 
service to the general aviation public and the public at large.
    4. Amtrak Operation. The Chairman of the Committee 
continued ongoing work with the Government Accountability 
Office (GAO) and the Amtrak Inspector General to evaluate a 
broad range of management and operational issues at Amtrak. A 
primary objective is to determine whether Amtrak is using its 
federal and non-federal resources in an efficient manner while 
acknowledging that those resources may not be sufficient to 
carry out all of the objectives of the national passenger rail 
system.
          a. GAO, DOT Office of Inspector General, and Amtrak 
        Inspector General Reports: During the 109th Congress 
        the Committee was active in initiating and reviewing 
        five major reports concerning Amtrak operations. These 
        included: two GAO reports on Amtrak Management and the 
        Future of Inter-city Passenger Rail; two Amtrak 
        Inspector General (IG) reports covering the Mechanical 
        operations and the Food and Beverage system; and a 
        joint report with the Department of Transportation 
        Office of the Inspector General and the Amtrak Office 
        of IG dealing with the Amtrak Law Department. All 
        reports showed a strong need to address operations 
        shortfalls at the railroad and highlighted areas where 
        Amtrak could make improvement.
          b. Amtrak Working Group. A bipartisan working group 
        of Committee members was created to examine both 
        Amtrak's role and performance as the major provider of 
        intercity passenger rail service. The working group 
        sought to assess the ongoing work being performed by 
        the GAO and the Amtrak IG. Majority views were issued 
        highlighting problems that need to be addressed at 
        Amtrak. Minority views examined Amtrak's ongoing 
        challenges and reviewed areas where Amtrak has shown 
        improvement.
          c. The Chairman of the Committee initiated a review 
        of Amtrak Law Department documents to determine if the 
        Department is following basic management practices and 
        its own internal rules for managing outside counsel.
    5. Amtrak Safety. In April 2005, Amtrak's flagship 
operation, the Acela fleet was grounded because of a failure of 
its brake systems. A hearing was conducted on May 11, 2005, to 
access the cause of the failure, the impact on the system, and 
to determine the steps needed to restore the trains to full 
service. Committee oversight staff in cooperation with the 
Railroad Subcommittee staff held ongoing meetings to stay 
abreast of developments as Amtrak and the consortium 
responsible for maintaining the Acela trains looked for 
alternative brake solutions.
    6. Amtrak Security. The importance of passenger rail 
security was underscored by the Madrid and London terrorist 
bombings in 2004 and 2005. The Committee has worked closely 
with the Amtrak IG's office on the steps being taken to make 
America's passenger rail service as secure as possible. Staff 
attended onsite briefings in New York City where Amtrak is 
upgrading the tunnels and access ways to make it easier to 
respond to terrorist attacks and manage events as they develop. 
Committee staff also participated in briefings and meetings 
concerning measures taken to better secure Union Station in 
Washington, DC, as well as access points to the metropolitan 
passenger rail system. The Committee reviewed the training 
facilities that are used to ensure that not only Amtrak but 
also first responders know how to address the unique challenges 
presented by underground containment and rescue operations.
    7. Environmental Protection Agency Grants. A major focus of 
the Committee's oversight efforts for the 109th Congress 
continued to be the grants management activities at the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In May 2006, the 
Committee held the fourth in a series of hearings conducted 
since 2003. Its purpose was to assess the progress EPA has made 
over the last three years in addressing the agency's long 
record of poor management in making and overseeing grants--
particularly discretionary grants to non-profit organizations. 
In addition the Committee has continued to work closely with 
the EPA Inspector General (IG), EPA Office of Administration 
and Resources Management, the GAO, and the Water Resources and 
Environment Subcommittee on a bipartisan basis to highlight the 
need for reforms. The EPA IG and GAO conducted two new unique 
reports that got to the heart of the implementation problems in 
the field. The reports dealt with the steps undertaken by EPA 
to hold frontline project managers, EPA supervisors, and EPA 
management responsible for carrying out the reforms implemented 
at the request of the Congress.
    As a result of the oversight, EPA has focused on developing 
and implementing new grant-making policy guidelines, better 
training and personnel systems which will make grant making a 
factor in the annual performance reviews of employees. The 
Committee continued to work with EPA to develop the grants 
databases which allow grant managers to track grantee 
compliance and make grant information available to the public.
    EPA also responded to the Committee by updating the 
competition policy for the second time in three years and began 
to focus on ensuring environmental results and undertaking a 
peer review process that will upgrade the quality of the grants 
awarded.
    8. Fuel Tax. The Committee continued its examination of 
industry practices, regulations, and fuel tax enforcement 
resources at the Federal and State level. Conservative 
estimates are that motor fuel tax evasion is costing average 
Americans nearly $1 billion annually in lost revenue. If that 
money can be recovered it could be used to improve the nation's 
highway and transit. Staff continues to work with the DOT IG, 
the Internal Revenue Service Fuel Task Force, and private 
sector innovators that are developing more robust methods of 
monitoring and detecting fuel-tax evasion.
    9. Committee Oversight Enhancement. During the 109th 
Congress, the Committee concluded a comprehensive effort to 
enhance oversight of the agencies within its jurisdiction. By 
focusing on the FAA as a pilot analysis, the Committee and GAO 
were able to identify additional ways in which the agencies can 
make additional information readily available on a more real-
time basis. Using the tools of the Internet, custom search 
engines, and subscription information sources, the Agency was 
able to develop better methods of communications.
    During the prior Congress, the Committee selected the FAA 
as a case study with the intent to develop a sustainable 
mechanism for ensuring timely and constructive oversight that 
can be extended to other programs under the Committee's 
jurisdiction. The Committee requested that the GAO review the 
FAA and identify what information the Agency relies on for 
internal management purposes, to what extent that information 
could be used for Congressional oversight, and how that 
information can be effectively communicated to the Committee. 
Committee staff continued to meet with private industry leaders 
and solicit feedback on improving comprehensive Congressional 
oversight of Federal Agencies. The Committee worked with 
officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), DOT, 
and the FAA to develop new tools for information sharing.
    10. Debt Reduction at the Tennessee Valley Authority. The 
Committee continues to work closely with the members of the 
Board and executive management at the Tennessee Valley 
Authority (TVA) in addressing the need to reduce TVA's sizeable 
debt.
    During the 109th Congress, Committee staff made several 
trips to TVA Headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, to meet with 
Members of the Board and executive management team. The purpose 
of these meetings was to discuss the steps that were being 
undertaken by TVA to implement the new long-term Strategic Plan 
it had adopted. This Plan outlined how TVA would respond to its 
future business landscape. An important part of the Plan 
remains a goal to reduce TVA's debt by $3-$5 billion over the 
next ten to 12 years (measured in 2004). In the course of this 
Congress, TVA announced steps to increase its commitment to 
debt reduction. To provide an important baseline for future 
assessment of TVA's progress, the Committee asked the GAO to 
review the strategic plan and report back to Congress on the 
reasonableness of the goals and the achievability of the steps 
TVA was proposing to undertake to meet those goals. Finally, 
GAO was asked to assess the impact that could be expected from 
the continued growth in the TVA service territory.
    11. Department of Homeland Security. The Committee staff 
met regularly with the DHS Office of the Inspector General to 
coordinate on reviews of the Department. Bimonthly briefings 
were held covering efforts to oversee the Coast Guard, the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the TSA and related 
agencies. The meetings served as an opportunity to coordinate 
and review reports being undertaken by the DHS IG, GAO, and the 
Committee.
    12. Railroad Retirement Board. The Committee staff 
conducted a series of meetings with the Inspector General of 
the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) with an emphasis on the 
Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) claims work that his 
office conducted. In addition he provided briefings on medical 
fraud issues facing the RRB.
    13. Federal Emergency Management Agency Response. Following 
damage to Florida the previous week, Hurricane Katrina came 
ashore on August 29, 2005, near New Orleans, Louisiana. The 
result was one of the worst natural disasters in the United 
States. Oversight staff worked with the staff of the 
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and 
Emergency Management in reviewing the lessons learned, the 
logistics shortfalls, and the review of the National Response 
Plan. In addition, the Committee staff participated in the 
ongoing briefings held by the DHS IG as the Chair of the 
President's interagency IG council overseeing Katrina relief 
funding.
                    SUBCOMMITTEE OVERSIGHT SUMMARIES

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION

    In the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee on Aviation 
remained actively engaged on a wide-range of issues affecting 
civil aviation in the United States, including aviation safety 
and security, the financial condition of the United States 
airline industry, the long-term financial requirements of the 
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airline competition, 
airport development and capacity, and air traffic control 
modernization.
    The Subcommittee continued its vigorous oversight of FAA 
safety programs and the investigative activities of the 
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The Subcommittee 
held oversight hearings on FAA's safety programs, including the 
adequacy of FAA's air traffic controller training and staffing 
levels, the status of FAA's efforts to reduce runway 
incursions, and the impact of unmanned aerial vehicles, 
commercial space aircraft, and very light jets (VLJs) on the 
National Airspace System (NAS). The Subcommittee also held an 
oversight hearing and passed legislation (H.R. 5076) that would 
authorize funding for the NTSB for fiscal years 2007-2009.
    The United States airline industry has lost more than $40 
billion since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 
Although domestic air traffic recently surpassed pre-9/11 
levels, the economic recovery of the airline industry has been 
stymied over the last two years by the rising cost of jet fuel. 
The Subcommittee held oversight hearings on the financial state 
of the United States airline industry, and on the impact and 
cost of commercial jet fuel. During these hearings, the 
Subcommittee considered what steps, if any, the Federal 
Government can take to help the airline industry cope with 
rising fuel costs. The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the 
status of airline pension plans.
    The existing excise taxes that fund a significant portion 
of FAA programs expire on September 30, 2007. One of the most 
significant issues that the Subcommittee will address in the 
FAA reauthorization bill that will be considered in the 110th 
Congress is how to finance the future needs of the aviation 
system. The Subcommittee held a series of oversight hearings on 
the financial condition of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund 
and possible alternative mechanisms for financing the FAA.
    The Subcommittee held a series of hearings and passed 
legislation on a broad range of aviation competition and 
consumer affairs issues. In the area of aviation competition, 
the Subcommittee held oversight and field hearings on market 
factors affecting United States manufacturers of commercial and 
general aviation aircraft. The Subcommittee also held a hearing 
and passed legislation (H.R. 5830) that would lift all domestic 
flight restrictions on scheduled commercial service at Love 
Field in Dallas, Texas. In the area of consumer affairs, the 
Subcommittee held hearings on the public safety, national 
security and social implications of cellular telephone and 
other wireless technologies onboard aircraft during flight, and 
possible solutions to address lost, delayed, damaged or 
pilfered baggage on commercial flights.
    According to FAA, domestic air traffic will double over the 
next decade and triple over the next 15 years. At the same 
time, our nation's air traffic control system is still based on 
expensive, ground-based radar technology developed during the 
Second World War. The Subcommittee held two oversight hearings 
to review the progress and challenges facing the FAA and the 
Joint Program Development Office in modernizing the NAS to meet 
future air traffic growth, as well as a hearing on the impact 
of new types of aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems and 
VLJs, on the NAS.
    In 2004, Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and 
Terrorism Prevention Act that included several key aviation 
security-related recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, 
including provisions on pilot licensing, biometrics technology 
for airport access control, screening technology at airport 
passenger check points and checked baggage systems, and missile 
defense systems for civil aircraft. Accordingly, the 
Subcommittee continued its oversight responsibility of programs 
administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on matters that 
directly affect the civil aviation system. The Subcommittee 
held oversight hearings on the potential safety and security 
implications of visible lasers to civil aircraft, the status of 
TSA's efforts to deploy the latest security screening 
technology in our nation's airports, and the status of 
government programs to prevent the spread of disease by air 
travel. The Subcommittee passed a resolution (H. Con. Res. 196) 
that honors the pilots of United States commercial air carriers 
who volunteer to participate in the highly successful Federal 
Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program.

        SUBCOMMITTEE ON COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

    The Subcommittee's oversight plan focused on reviewing and 
examining the Federal government's efforts to enhance maritime 
security, including the Coast Guard's ongoing implementation of 
port and vessel security measures under the Maritime 
Transportation Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-295) and the Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-
293) and the establishment of an enhanced maritime domain 
awareness system, the Coast Guard's multi-year asset 
recapitalization program, the Integrated Deepwater System, the 
continued deterioration of Coast Guard legacy vessels, aircraft 
and communication and support systems, and the effects of the 
transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) on Coast Guard missions. The plan also called 
for oversight over the Coast Guard's drug interdiction 
activities in United States waters and on the high seas and 
Coast Guard activities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 
(Public Law 101-380). The plan also included continued review 
and monitoring over measures to prevent or minimize 
introductions of aquatic invasive species via ships' ballast 
waters and measures to enhance recreational boating safety in 
United States waters.
    The Subcommittee held several hearings to review efforts of 
the Coast Guard and the DHS to enhance maritime security. On 
June 29, 2005, the Subcommittee continued its oversight of the 
ongoing implementation of maritime transportation security 
measures required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act 
(MTSA) of 2002 (Public Law 107-295) and the Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-293). On 
January 24, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing to 
review the National Strategy for Maritime Security, including 
the eight supporting implementation plans that were 
subsequently released. On March 9, 2006, the Subcommittee held 
a hearing to review the impacts of foreign operations at United 
States ports, including current requirements regarding port 
security facility plans and issues related to cargo security 
and the ongoing delays in the development of Transportation 
Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). The Subcommittee 
analyzed how the operation of terminals at United States ports 
by foreign entities, such as would have occurred under the 
purchase by Dubai Ports World (DP World) of the Peninsular and 
Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O), could affect the 
implementation of MTSA and the safety and security at these 
ports.
    The Subcommittee also was active in overseeing the 
implementation of the Coast Guard's fleet recapitalization 
program, the Integrated Deepwater System, and the Coast Guard's 
proposed changes to the Deepwater program. Subcommittee members 
expressed their concerns over the Coast Guard's failure to 
provide a program update reflecting post-September 11 
requirements and changes to the platforms that will be procured 
under the program.
    On April 20, 2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to review the Coast Guard's Integrated Deepwater System 
program (Deepwater) and Revised Deepwater Implementation Plan. 
On March 25, 2005, the Coast Guard submitted a Revised 
Deepwater Implementation Plan that proposed an amended baseline 
and a modified acquisition schedule for the Deepwater program. 
Under the revised plan, the total cost of the Deepwater program 
would increase to an estimated total of $19-24 billion (in 2002 
dollars) from the previous funding level of $15 billion. The 
revised plan also included a modified acquisition schedule that 
would require funding over a 20-25 year period (completion in 
2021-2026), up from the original 20-year schedule.
    On June 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing to 
continue oversight over the Coast Guard's integrated Deepwater 
System program (Deepwater) and reviewed the revised 
implementation program that was submitted with the Service's 
Capital Investment Plan, Fiscal Year 2006. As a result of a 
Congressional mandate, the Coast Guard submitted a Capital 
Investment Plan that included a complete funding projection and 
acquisition schedule for the Deepwater program beyond the first 
five fiscal years that were submitted as part of the Revised 
Deepwater Implementation Plan in March. The Capital Investment 
Plan retained the range of project costs (between $19-24 
billion) and completion dates (between Fiscal Years 2021-2026) 
that were originally outlined in the revised plan. However, the 
Capital Investment Plan also provided detailed information on 
the delivery schedule of individual assets under two 
alternative funding streams: a Capital Investment Plan funding 
stream (CIP) and a CIP Plus funding stream.
    The Subcommittee held another hearing on June 14, 2006, to 
continue the panel's review of Deepwater and the Revised 
Deepwater Implementation Plan. After the revised plan was 
finalized, however, changes occurred concerning the Fast 
Response Cutter (FRC), which was to replace the 110-foot (some 
of which were converted to 123-feet) cutter fleet. The FRC's 
design included a composite hull that was supposed to double 
the operational life of the vessel. Deepwater's revised plan 
called for the acquisition of 58 FRC's by 2027. However, 
various concerns with the hull form, potential speed, and 
propulsion systems exist. On February 28, 2005, the Coast 
Guard's Deepwater Program Office temporarily suspended work on 
the design because of high technical risks. On April 6, 2006, 
the Coast Guard issued a request for information to obtain data 
about the state of the market for a proven patrol boat design. 
The Coast Guard will likely purchase an ``off-the-shelf '' 
patrol boat design to serve as the new FRC. Members of the 
Subcommittee expressed their concerns on how any delay in the 
delivery of these replacement assets would affect the Coast 
Guard's mission capabilities.
    The Subcommittee also held several hearings to review the 
Coast Guard's capabilities to carry out all of its traditional 
and homeland security missions. The Coast Guard's aging 
inventory of patrol boats, aircraft, helicopters, cutters, and 
systems in combination with increased homeland security 
responsibilities has generated growing concerns over the 
service's ability to effectively and safely perform all of its 
assigned missions. On May 11, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing to oversee Coast Guard mission capabilities, including 
the effects of increased maritime homeland security 
responsibilities on the Coast Guard's traditional missions, and 
to review the implementation of programs to enhance Maritime 
Domain Awareness. The Subcommittee held another hearing on 
September 14, 2006, to review the Inspector General's annual 
review of Coast Guard mission performance and to oversee the 
Coast Guard's efforts to balance its assets and personnel to 
carry out each of its many traditional and homeland security 
missions. The Inspector General's report determined that there 
are barriers to improving or sustaining the Coast Guard's 
performance and that the Coast Guard is within 4 percent of its 
statistically projected maximum level of resource hours.
    The Subcommittee held multiple hearings to examine major 
oil spills in Alaska and in the Delaware River. On January 18, 
2005, the Subcommittee held an oversight field hearing on the 
Delaware River oil spill to review the circumstances that led 
to a discharge of oil from the M/V ATHOS I into waters of the 
Delaware River on November 26, 2004, and the response to the 
discharge by the vessel owner, and the Federal agencies. The 
Subcommittee examined the response of Federal and State 
agencies to the spill and whether these agencies had all assets 
necessary to minimize the environmental and economic damages 
from this incident. On April 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing to review the implementation of the Oil Pollution Act 
of 1990 (Public Law 101-380) and the financial status of the 
Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
    The Subcommittee also held hearings to review issues and 
legislation related to removing and preventing the creation of 
marine debris, ballast water management and fisheries law 
enforcement and illegal drug and migrant interdiction efforts.

                          Additional Oversight

    On July 20, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on the Coast Guard's merchant mariner licensing and 
documentation program.
    On September 26, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing to review the recent National Academy of Sciences 
report on the Coast Guard's polar icebreakers.

 SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND EMERGENCY 
                               MANAGEMENT


       EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO DISASTERS

    The Subcommittee continued an ongoing comprehensive review 
and assessment of the Nation's ability to prevent, prepare for, 
mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters and 
emergencies of all types including terrorism. The Subcommittee 
also closely examined how the Federal government has responded 
to recent disasters, including the hurricanes that struck the 
Gulf Coast during 2004 and 2005. Included in this review was an 
examination of how assistance is provided and to whom, what 
measures were taken in advance of the hurricanes, and how the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing to help the affected 
areas with their long-term recovery.
    On March 3 and 4, 2005, the Subcommittee participated in a 
site visit related to Hurricane Ivan. The trip focused on areas 
severely impacted by Hurricane Ivan in Escambia and Santa Rosa 
Counties, Florida.
    On April 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on ``The 
National Preparedness System: What Are We Preparing For?'' 
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, DHS was 
created and tasked with the responsibility to develop a new and 
comprehensive National Preparedness System. The Subcommittee 
held a hearing to examine the progress and DHS's focus on 
terrorism at the expense of natural disaster preparedness. The 
Subcommittee received testimony from Mr. Corey D. Gruber, 
Associate Director, Office for Domestic Preparedness, DHS; Mr. 
Gil Jamieson, Director, NIMS Integration Center, DHS; Mr. David 
E. Liebersbach, President, National Emergency Management 
Association and Director, Division of Homeland Security and 
Emergency Management, State of Alaska; Chief John Buckman, Past 
President, International Association of Fire Chiefs, German 
Township, Indiana; Captain John P. Salle, International 
Association of Chiefs of Police; Mr. Armond Mascelli, Vice 
President, Emergency Response, American Red Cross; Mr. Dewayne 
West, Vice Chairman, Emergency Management Accreditation Program 
Commission, President, International Association of Emergency 
Managers and Director, Emergency Management, Johnson County, 
North Carolina.
    During July 2005, the Subcommittee also toured areas 
severely impacted by the 2004 Hurricanes in South Carolina, 
Georgia, and other parts of Florida. These visits contributed 
to the Subcommittee's assessment of Federal, State, and local 
response and recovery efforts surrounding the 2004 Hurricane 
Season.
    Hurricane Katrina devastated the Nation's Gulf Coast in 
August 2005, destroying homes, businesses, highways, bridges, 
levees, and other critical infrastructure. The response to 
Hurricane Katrina revealed a number of failures and 
shortcomings in the Federal, State, and local response to a 
catastrophic disaster.
    On September 15, 2005, the House of Representatives 
approved H. Res. 437, which created the Select Bipartisan 
Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to 
Hurricane Katrina. The Committee was charged with conducting an 
investigation and reporting findings to the House by February 
15, 2006, regarding the development, coordination, and 
execution by local, State, and Federal authorities of emergency 
response plans and other activities in preparation for 
Hurricane Katrina, and the local, State, and Federal government 
response to Hurricane Katrina. Subcommittee Chairman Shuster 
served on the Select Committee. The Select Committee held nine 
hearings over the course of approximately three months. Select 
Committee Members and staff, including the Subcommittee staff 
director who was detailed to the Select Committee, conducted 
scores of interviews and received dozens of briefings from 
local, State, and Federal officials; non-governmental 
organizations; private companies and individuals who provided 
or offered external support after Katrina; and hurricane 
victims. The Committee Members and staff traveled to the Gulf 
Coast numerous times. Subcommittee staff assisted in the 
investigation and drafting of the final report entitled, ``A 
Failure of Initiative: The Final Report of the Select 
Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and 
Response to Hurricane Katrina.''
    On October 6, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
``Recovering after Katrina: Ensuring that FEMA is up to the 
task.'' On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a 
Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Southeastern Louisiana. 
Damage directly from the storm was felt in Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee, though 
Louisiana and Mississippi received the brunt of the storm. 
Recovery efforts were hampered by a number of problems. The 
Subcommittee received testimony on the concerns raised by State 
and local officials on recovery and possible solutions from the 
Honorable Richard Baker, United States Congressman (LA); Mr. 
Ken Burris, Chief Operating Officer, FEMA; Mr. Richard Skinner, 
Inspector General, DHS; Mr. Henry ``Junior'' Rodriguez, 
President, St. Bernard Parish; Mr. Kent Buckley, Director, 
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Coordinator, Bolivar 
County, Mississippi; Ms. Janice Kilgore, CEM Director, Escambia 
County Public Safety; Mr. Bob Wise, President, Alliance for 
Excellent Education; and Mr. Albert Ashwood, Vice President, 
National Emergency Management Association.
    On October 18, 2005, the Subcommittee held a joint hearing 
with the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on ``A 
Vision and Strategy for Rebuilding New Orleans.'' The purpose 
of this hearing was to receive testimony on how to rebuild New 
Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and allow those 
directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina the opportunity to 
inform Congress of how to tailor assistance and hurricane 
protection projects to best suit their needs. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Honorable Richard Baker, United States 
Congressman (LA); Honorable William J. Jefferson, United States 
Congressman (LA); Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, 
Governor, State of Louisiana; Honorable C. Ray Nagin, Mayor, 
New Orleans, Louisiana; Honorable Mitchell J. Landrieu, 
Lieutenant Governor, State of Louisiana; Mr. Wynton Marsalis, 
Musician, New York, New York; Mr. Mtumishi St. Julien, 
Executive Director, The Finance Authority, New Orleans, 
Louisiana; Mr. Paul Farmer, Executive Director, American 
Planning Association, Washington, DC; Mr. J. Stephen Perry, 
President and CEO, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and 
Visitors Bureau, New Orleans, Louisiana; Mr. Gary P. LaGrange, 
President and CEO, Port of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana; 
Mr. John Felmy, Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute, 
Washington, DC; Mr. Jerome Ringo, Chair, National Wildlife 
Federation, Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Mr. Michael C. Voisin, 
Owner and General Manager, Motivatit Seafoods, Inc., Houma, 
Louisiana.
    During January 2006, the Subcommittee traveled to South 
Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to meet with 
State and local officials regarding the handling of past 
disasters and the future of emergency management.
    On February 16, 2006, the Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled ``Disasters and the Department of Homeland Security: 
Where Do We Go From Here?'' At this hearing, the Full Committee 
discussed the key findings of the Federal government's 
inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina and DHS's perspective 
on improving emergency management capabilities and readiness at 
the Federal, State, and local levels. The Committee received 
testimony from DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.
    On February 23, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
in Whittier, California, on ``The Big One: How Do We Ensure a 
Robust Federal Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the Los 
Angeles Region?'' The purpose of this hearing was to solicit 
State and local government input for improving the Federal 
government's capability and readiness in responding to 
catastrophic disasters, as well as for enhancing State and 
local response capabilities. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from Dr. Lucy Jones, United States Geological Survey; 
Mr. Ellis M. Stanley, Sr., CEM, City of Los Angeles Emergency 
Preparedness Department; Ms. Ann-Marie Hayashi, City of 
Whittier Emergency Services; and Mr. Henry Renteria, Director, 
California Office of Emergency Services.
    On February 24, 2006, the Subcommittee held a field hearing 
in St. Louis, Missouri, on ``How Do We Ensure a Robust Federal 
Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the New Madrid 
Region?'' The purpose of this hearing was to solicit State and 
local government input for improving the Federal government's 
capability and readiness in responding to catastrophic 
disasters, as well as for enhancing State and local response 
capabilities. The Subcommittee received testimony from Mr. Jim 
Wilkinson, Central United States Earthquake Consortium; Dr. 
Eugene ``Buddy'' Schweig, United States Geological Survey; Mr. 
Michael S. Pawlowski, FEMA; Mr. Ronald Reynolds, Director, 
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency; Mr. William C. 
Burke, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency; and the 
Honorable James Talent, United States Senate.
    From April 7 through 15, 2006, the Subcommittee traveled 
throughout Europe to evaluate and study the emergency 
management and flood control systems of Italy, the United 
Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Information gathered during this 
trip assisted in the drafting of legislation to reform our 
country's emergency management system.
    On May 30, 2006, the Subcommittee traveled to Lake Charles, 
Louisiana, to assess the damage to Cameron Parish from 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Subcommittee met with a number 
of State and local officials, as well as victims of the storms. 
The trip focused on the immediate and future needs of the 
region as they recovered from the 2005 Hurricane season and 
prepared for the 2006 season.
    As a result of this ongoing oversight, the Subcommittee 
took the lead in drafting H.R. 5316--Restoring Emergency 
Services to Protect our Nation from Disasters Act of 2006 or 
the ``RESPOND Act of 2006.'' The legislation was approved by 
the Committee on May 17, 2006, and includes a number of the 
provisions that became law through the Fiscal Year 2007 
Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The bill puts FEMA back 
together again and gives FEMA the tools and authority to do its 
job. With the leadership, authority, and resources necessary to 
respond effectively to the next disaster, FEMA can once again 
be a model agency within the Federal Government.

                          GSA BROKER CONTRACTS

    In 2004, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded 
four contracts as a part of its national brokerage program. 
Under this program, the four contractors are responsible for 
providing 50 percent of GSA's lease acquisition activities 
nationwide and on a regional basis. The Subcommittee continued 
to closely examine the program's implementation, including how 
GSA will address some of the systemic weaknesses in the program 
identified by the Subcommittee, GSA Inspector General, and the 
Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Subcommittee 
continued the ongoing review of how GSA provides leasing 
services to its clients.

                     GSA LEASE AUTHORITY DELEGATION

    Under Title 40, United States Code, the Administrator of 
General Services may delegate to other Federal agencies the 
authority to lease space. This delegation authority is 
discretionary and has been limited by the Committee in previous 
years' authorizations of lease prospectuses through the 
prohibition of its use. The Subcommittee closely reviewed the 
Administrator's use of this authority for over 100 outstanding 
delegations.

                        REAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

    Over the past several years, GSA has become increasingly 
interested in improving the management of its real property 
assets across the country through the use of enhanced property 
management tools. These include outleasing, public-private 
partnerships, and the sale or disposal of under-performing 
properties. The Subcommittee held hearings on this issue in 
1999 and in 2002 and continued to closely monitor this issue.

                        NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

    The Subcommittee met regularly with representatives of the 
GSA National Capital Region to discuss a variety of ongoing 
projects and issues. Among these are: the development of the 
Southeast Federal Center, the construction of the new 
headquarters for the Department of Transportation, the 
potential development of the St. Elizabeth's Campus, renovation 
of Federal Office Building 8, and other smaller development and 
construction projects.

                     HOMELAND SECURITY HEADQUARTERS

    During the 108th Congress, Congress passed legislation that 
transferred the Department of the Navy's Nebraska Avenue 
Complex (NAC) to the GSA for use as a headquarters for DHS. To 
make this space suitable for use, GSA undertook a significant 
modernization program of the existing facilities. Recognizing 
the need for a long-term plan for DHS, the Subcommittee also 
coordinated briefings with DHS and GSA on the housing needs of 
the Department, including the use of the St. Elizabeth's Campus 
as a future home of the United States Coast Guard and other DHS 
components.

                 CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAM

    As part of the Subcommittee's annual work to review and 
authorize GSA's requests for authority to repair, alter, 
construct, and lease property for use by Federal agencies, the 
Subcommittee reviewed each prospectus presented to the 
Committee and recommend approval only after the Subcommittee 
was satisfied that the requests were cost-effective and in the 
best interest of the government.
    On March 30, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the 
``General Services Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 Capital 
Investment and Leasing Program (CILP). The hearing covered all 
aspects of the CILP including the alteration/modernization and 
construction portions. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Mr. David Winstead, Commissioner of the Public Buildings 
Service of the GSA. GSA requested new authority totaling $489.8 
million for design, modernization, repair, and alteration of 18 
Federal buildings. This request includes $465 million for basic 
repairs and alterations projects and $24.8 million for the 
design of future projects. GSA requested $520.1 million in new 
authority for the construction of new facilities. This request 
includes $383.9 million to support the consolidation of the 
Coast Guard in Washington, DC. No money was requested in the 
Fiscal Year 2007 program for construction of new judicial 
facilities. Additionally, 15 lease prospectuses were 
considered.
    The Subcommittee also held two oversight hearings on the 
Judiciary's space needs. On June 21, 2005, the Subcommittee 
held a hearing on ``The Judiciary's Ability to Pay for Current 
and Future Space Needs.'' On June 22, 2006, the Subcommittee 
held an oversight hearing on ``The Future of the Federal 
Courthouse Construction Program: Results of a GAO Study on the 
Judiciary's Rental Obligations.'' (These hearings are discussed 
further below).

                       FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE

    As a part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Federal 
Protective Service (FPS) was transferred from the Public 
Buildings Service of GSA to DHS. However, responsibility for 
the protection of federal buildings generally remains with the 
GSA. The Subcommittee held briefings to monitor and review the 
policies, procedures and requirements of security at public 
buildings, including a review of the implementation of these 
policies, procedures and requirements by the FPS.

                  ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS

    The Subcommittee continued its ongoing review of courthouse 
construction, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC's) 
review of its Design Guide and the five-year plan as proposed 
by the AOC. Recently, the Courts have requested that GSA waive 
rent amounting to $483 million in the first year alone due to 
budget problems. The Subcommittee carefully monitored this 
situation by continuing to review the Courts' budget. The 
effort was in conjunction with the Courts' ongoing internal 
review of the comprehensive plan and Design Guide being 
undertaken to find efficiencies and lower annual and projected 
future costs.
    The Subcommittee requested the GAO conduct a study and 
publish a report on the Administrative Office of the U.S. 
Courts' management and financial controls over its rental 
accounts, recent trends in the Judiciary's rent payments and 
square footage occupied and challenges the Judiciary faces in 
managing its rent costs. The subsequent report entitled 
``Federal Courthouses: Rent Increases Due to New Space and 
Growing Energy and Security Costs Require Better Tracking and 
Management'' was published June 2006.
    The Subcommittee also held two hearings on the courthouse 
construction program. On June 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on ``The Judiciary's Ability to Pay for Current and 
Future Space Needs.'' Over the past 20 years, the Judiciary's 
personnel, office space, appropriation and caseload have 
increased significantly. As a result, the Judiciary commits an 
ever-increasing proportion of its budget to securing space 
needed to accommodate its growth. To reverse this trend and 
commit a larger proportion of funds to personnel, the Judiciary 
requested that the Administrator of GSA permanently waive 
roughly half of the Judiciary's $940 million annual rental 
obligation to the Federal Buildings Fund. The purpose of this 
hearing was to better understand how the current situation with 
the Judiciary developed, to evaluate the potential 
repercussions of the Judiciary's waiver request, and to explore 
alternative solutions. The Subcommittee received testimony from 
Mr. Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, 
GAO; Honorable Jane R. Roth, Judge, United States Court of 
Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chairman, Judicial Conference 
Committee on Security and Facilities; Mr. F. Joseph Moravec, 
Commissioner, Public Buildings Service; and Mr. Leonidas Ralph 
Mecham, Director, AOC and Secretary, Judicial Conference of the 
United States.
    On June 22, 2006, the Subcommittee held an oversight 
hearing on ``The Future of the Federal Courthouse Construction 
Program: Results of a GAO Study on the Judiciary's Rental 
Obligations.'' After requests by the Judiciary that the 
Administrator of GSA permanently waive the Judiciary's rental 
obligation to the Federal Buildings Fund, the Subcommittee 
requested the GAO to conduct an investigation into the rent and 
space increases of the Judiciary. The purpose of this hearing 
was to help the Subcommittee better understand the current 
problems with managing judicial facilities and the results of 
the study as well as recommendations for the future of the 
courthouse construction program. The Subcommittee received 
testimony from Mr. Mark Goldstein, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO; Honorable Jane R. Roth, Judge, 
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and 
Chairman, Judicial Conference Committee on Security and 
Facilities; and Mr. David L. Winstead, Commissioner, Public 
Buildings Service, GSA.

                            CAPITOL GROUNDS

    The Subcommittee continued ongoing oversight of projects 
undertaken by the Architect of the Capitol, redevelopment of 
the O'Neill House Office Building site, new mail processing 
facilities, and acquisition and construction of a command and 
control center. Oversight also included discussions regarding 
the redevelopment of the Southeast Waterfront and progress of a 
master plan for the Capitol Complex.

                   SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION FACILITIES

    The Subcommittee conducted oversight into the acquisition, 
construction and use of local and remote museum, research and 
storage facilities of the Institution. As a part of this 
activity, the Subcommittee initiated a GAO audit of the use of 
Federal funds regarding the Smithsonian Institution's 
facilities construction, repair and alteration projects and to 
report on the impact of the Smithsonian Institution's 
facilities needs on its operating budgets. The report, entitled 
``Impact of Smithsonian Institution's Facilities on 
Operations'' was released in April 2005.

             JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was 
reauthorized during the 108th Congress for an additional four 
years. As a part of its ongoing oversight of the Kennedy 
Center's programs, the Subcommittee regularly participated in 
site visits and reviewed the construction, alteration and 
modernization activities of the Kennedy Center conducted using 
Federal funds, including the renovation of the theaters and 
upgrades to systems and parking facilities.

                  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION

    The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was 
reauthorized during the 108th Congress for an additional four 
years. As part of its ongoing oversight of EDA's programs, the 
Subcommittee reviewed how the EDA is using its new authorities, 
including how funding decisions are made and how recent 
budgetary decisions are impacting the efficacy of the Agency.
    On March 17, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on ``The 
Administration's Strengthening America's Communities Initiative 
and Its Impact on Economic Development.'' In advance of the 
release of the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget, the Administration 
announced a new initiative entitled ``Strengthening America's 
Communities.'' This new initiative proposed to consolidate a 
number of existing community and economic development grant 
programs into one new grant program housed at the Department of 
Commerce. The Subcommittee received testimony on the proposed 
consolidation of programs from the Honorable David A. Sampson, 
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development; Ms. 
Anne Habiby, Inner City Economic Forum; Mr. Ken Jones, First 
Vice-President, National Association of Development 
Organizations and Executive Director of the Lower Rio Grande 
Valley Development Council; Mr. Charles Fluharty, Director, 
University of Missouri's Rural Policy Research Institute; Mr. 
Edward M. Silvetti, Executive Director, Southern Alleghenies 
Planning and Development Commission; and Robert A. Anspach, 
Mayor, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

                    APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION

    In preparation for the reauthorization process, the 
Subcommittee closely examined the activities of the Appalachian 
Regional Commission (ARC) including how it is meeting the needs 
of distressed counties, how it uses new and innovative ways to 
promote economic development, and its track record of success 
since its last reauthorization.
    The Subcommittee held a hearing July 12, 2006, on ``The 
Reauthorization of the Appalachian Regional Commission and 
Legislative Proposals to Create Additional Regional Economic 
Development Authorities.'' The purpose of this hearing was to 
assess the progress of the ARC's programs in preparation for 
reauthorization beginning in Fiscal Year 2007, and examine 
legislative proposals to create additional regional economic 
development authorities, including the Northeast Regional 
Development Commission, the Southeast Crescent Authority, and 
the Southwest Regional Border Authority. The Subcommittee 
received testimony from Ms. Anne B. Pope, Federal Co- Chair, 
ARC; Mr. Steve Robertson, Commissioner, State of Kentucky 
Governor's Office for Local Development, ARC.
    The Subcommittee also held town hall meetings in 
Pennsylvania and West Virginia to hear concerns, opinions, and 
suggestions for ARC. The Chairman was also accompanied by ARC 
Federal Co-Chair Ann Pope.

            OTHER REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES

    The Subcommittee continued to closely examine the 
activities of the other established development authorities, 
the Denali Commission, Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and 
Northern Great Plains Regional Authority and other proposed 
authorities. On July 12, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
legislative hearing on ``The Reauthorization of the Appalachian 
Regional Commission and Legislative Proposals to Create 
Additional Regional Economic Development Authorities.'' In 
addition to assessing the progress of the ARC's programs in 
preparation for reauthorization beginning in Fiscal Year 2007, 
the purpose of this hearing was to examine legislative 
proposals to create additional regional economic development 
authorities, including the Northeast Regional Development 
Commission, the Southeast Crescent Authority and the Southwest 
Regional Border Authority. Additionally, Subcommittee staff met 
with representatives from the DRA to discuss post-Katrina 
assistance by the authority and traveled to inspect projects 
throughout the Delta region in August of 2005 and 2006.

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS, TRANSIT AND PIPELINES


                      HIGHWAY TRUST FUND VIABILITY

    Treasury and Congressional Budget Office projections show 
cash balances in the Highway Trust Fund falling below zero 
between 2009 and 2011. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA: LU) created the National Surface Transportation 
Policy and Revenue Study Commission which is tasked with coming 
up with long and short term revenue solutions for the Highway 
Trust Fund. The Subcommittee worked with the Department of 
Transportation (DOT) during the establishment of the Commission 
and has closely monitored its progress. In addition, the 
Subcommittee held two hearings on this topic. On February 15, 
2005, a hearing was held to discuss the status of the Highway 
Trust Fund and on how the new revenue estimates for the Highway 
Trust Fund would impact SAFETEA: LU. On April 4, 2006, the 
Subcommittee held a hearing on the Highway Trust Fund revenue 
estimating procedures used at both Treasury and the 
Congressional Budget Office.

                  INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING

    In recent years, the private sector has played a larger 
role in financing transportation projects. On May 24, 2006, the 
Subcommittee held a hearing on Understanding Contemporary 
Public Private Transactions. Members heard testimony from the 
Governors of Indiana and Virginia on public private 
transportation transactions in their states as well as 
testimony from experts who put these transactions together. In 
addition, National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue 
Study Commission, which was created in SAFETEA: LU, will 
evaluate the future role of innovative finance and public 
private-partnerships in funding surface transportation 
infrastructure.

                            PIPELINE SAFETY

    The Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, which 
authorizes interstate pipeline safety programs, expired on 
September 30, 2006. On March 16, 2006, the Subcommittee held an 
oversight hearing on pipeline safety. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration (PHMSA) on the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act 
of 2002 and PHMSA activities since enactment of the Act. 
Chairman Young introduced H.R. 5782, the Pipeline Safety 
Improvement Act of 2006, and the bill was reported favorably by 
the Committee on July 19, 2006. H.R. 5782 reauthorizes the 
Federal pipeline safety programs through Fiscal Year 2010 and 
amends title 49, United States Code, to enhance the safety and 
reliability of transporting the nation's energy products by 
pipelines.
    In early March and early August, two separate low-pressure 
oil pipelines operated by British Petroleum (BP) on Alaska's 
North Slope experienced leaks. In response to these incidents 
the Committee held a hearing on September 13, 2006, on the low-
pressure liquid pipelines in the North Slope, Greater Prudhoe 
Bay, Alaska. Witnesses from BP, the Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, and the Pipeline Safety Trust 
testified on low-pressure liquid pipelines in general and 
specifically on the two incidents in Alaska.

               RESPONSE TO EMERGENCIES--HURRICANE KATRINA

    In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane 
Katrina in August 2005, the Subcommittee worked closely with 
DOT, State, and local officials from the affected region to 
ensure timely assistance and thorough oversight. Initially, the 
Subcommittee reached out to each of the modal agencies at DOT 
to ensure that any legal impediments to the Department to 
provide relief were removed. On October 20 and 27, 2005, the 
Subcommittee held oversight hearings on the Federal and State 
response to the hurricane, and more importantly, on the 
planning for recovery. As emergency supplemental appropriations 
legislation was being developed, the Subcommittee worked in 
consultation with the Appropriations Committees to provide 
flexible funding and operating assistance for area transit 
agencies through the Federal Transit Administration, plus $70 
million in special mission assignments from the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition, the 
Subcommittee worked with the Appropriations Committees to 
ensure that, in addition to the $100 million annual 
authorization for Emergency Relief Program funding, the 
emergency supplemental appropriations act provided $17,577,720 
for Alabama, $1,013,000,000 for Mississippi, and $1,189,553,647 
for Louisiana as authorized by section 1112 of SAFETEA: LU to 
rebuild destroyed bridges and roads.

                    SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY

    In the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee continued to 
oversee the security of all surface transportation modes. 
Throughout the world, public transportation systems have been 
primary targets of terrorist attacks, causing thousands of 
deaths and injuries. Transit systems have open access and 
frequent stops and transfer points, and are thus difficult to 
protect. They also serve high concentrations of people in 
crowded quarters, an environment with a high probability of 
death or injury. On March 29, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on Transit and Over-the-Road Bus Security. The hearing 
examined current issues of transit and over-the-road bus 
security, including: the roles and responsibilities of the 
Federal Transit Administration and Department of Homeland 
Security; the state of preparedness in the transit industry; 
and Federal programs and activities that help meet the security 
needs and funding priorities for mitigation of security threats 
against the Nation's public transportation systems.
    On July 19, 2006, the Transportation and Infrastructure 
Committee favorably reported H.R. 5808, the Public 
Transportation Security Assistance Act of 2006 (House Report 
109-662). This legislation authorizes the Secretary of 
Transportation to award a total of $3.4 billion in grants over 
three fiscal years to public transportation systems and 
intercity bus operators to improve security. The legislation 
requires that grants be prioritized on the basis of risk, 
consequences, vulnerability, and threat, and that funding 
allocations be based on the transit agency security assessments 
conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. No further 
action was taken on the bill, although it was considered in the 
context of the House-Senate conference on the Safe Ports Act of 
2006 (Public Law 109-347). Ultimately, transit, rail, and motor 
carrier security programs were not included in the final 
legislation.

                     SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

    In the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee continued to 
oversee the safety of the nation's highways and transit 
systems. Low-cost intercity bus companies called ``curbside 
operators'' that pick up and drop off passengers on the street, 
rather than in a terminal, have seen increased ridership and 
popularity in recent years. (These are sometimes referred to as 
``Chinatown Buses'', because they originally served Asian 
communities in the Northeast, transporting restaurant workers 
from one city's Chinatown to another.) The Federal Motor 
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has stepped up its 
inspections of curbside operator companies in the Washington-
to-Boston corridor, prompted by media, industry, and government 
concerns that curbside operators are unsafe and under-
regulated. On March 2, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
curbside operators to determine the extent to which these 
operators comply with FMCSA regulations and the Americans with 
Disabilities Act (ADA). No new legislative initiatives resulted 
from this oversight hearing, although the Subcommittee 
continued to monitor the progress of the FMCSA's enforcement 
efforts and also monitored ongoing investigations by the 
Department of Justice of two curbside operator companies 
against whom claims of ADA violations have been filed.
    The safety of the nation's subways, heavy rail systems, 
light rail systems, cable cars and trolleys are managed under 
the Federal Transit Administration's State Safety Oversight 
(SSO) program. On July 19, 2006, the Subcommittee held an 
oversight hearing on Rail Transit Safety to examine the 
effectiveness and management of the SSO program. The findings 
of the hearing were generally positive: rail transit is a very 
safe mode of transportation, with a total of 82 fatalities in 
2004 for more than 3.25 billion passenger trips. (Of these 
deaths, 27 were suicides.) However, the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the State Safety Oversight 
program and found that there are opportunities for improvement, 
including the development of performance goals to better 
measure the program's benefits. Additionally, GAO found that 
staffing levels for some SSO programs are inadequate, with as 
few as 0.1 or 0.2 full-time equivalent positions for dedicated 
safety oversight at some rail transit systems.

              NEW REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING REAUTHORIZATION

    Since enactment of SAFETEA: LU in August 2005, the 
Subcommittee has closely monitored the Department of 
Transportation's promulgation of new and amended rules and 
guidance to implement policy changes made in the Act. On June 
7, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the implementation 
of SAFETEA: LU. The administrators of all five modal agencies 
authorized in SAFETEA: LU appeared before the Subcommittee, 
providing the Members the opportunity to ask questions on any 
aspect of DOT's actions to carry out newly authorized programs 
and to implement changes to existing highway, transit, highway 
safety, and transportation research programs.

              SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

    In December 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency 
issued regulations requiring the installation of advanced 
emissions control devices on model year 2007, and later diesel 
engines. To enable these devises to operate efficiently, the 
Agency required a 97 percent reduction in the sulfur content of 
on-road diesel fuel. By June 1, 2006, refiners were required to 
convert 80 percent of their diesel production to the new lower 
sulfur standard of 15 parts per million (ppm) and 100 percent 
diesel fuel production must meet this standard by June 1, 2010. 
By October 15, 2006, any retailer selling Ultra Low Sulfur 
Diesel had to ensure the sulfur content did not exceed 15 ppm. 
On July 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a Member's Briefing on 
the status of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
sponsored Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel emission reduction rule. The 
briefing provided Members with the background of the Rule and 
how the implementation affected the different stakeholders in 
the diesel fuel industry, including the trucking industry and 
the pipeline and tank car companies that transport this fuel. 
The Members learned that the rulemaking is being implemented by 
EPA and the diesel fuel industry on time, if not before 
schedule, and that the rulemaking is being well received.

                  TRANSPORTATION'S ROLE IN THE ECONOMY

    The Subcommittee explored the role of transportation in the 
national and global economy. To accomplish this oversight 
responsibility, the Subcommittee planned a series of hearings 
focusing on Freight Mobility. On May 10, 2006, the Subcommittee 
held the first hearing in the Freight Mobility series on 
Highway Capacity and Freight Mobility. The hearing presented 
the Members with information regarding the current state of 
freight mobility on the United States highway system and the 
challenges posed by a freight capacity shortage in the near 
future. Members heard from DOT, as well as freight research 
professionals that the projected amount of freight that will 
need transporting in the near future will exceed the available 
transportation capacity for that freight. On September 7, 2006, 
the Subcommittee held the second hearing in the freight series. 
The hearing focused on freight logistics. Witnesses explained 
how businesses rely on an efficient and reliable transportation 
system when making supply chain management decisions and how 
important freight logistics is to those decisions.
    On June 15, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on 
Intermodalism which also emphasized transportation's role in 
the economy. The Members discussed the concept of Intermodalism 
and how Intermodal planning can solve transportation problems, 
such as congestion and freight delay. The Members heard from a 
variety of private and public sector intermodal professionals 
on how creative intermodal planning is imperative to meeting 
the growing demand of freight movement. The hearings provided 
Members with a broad landscape of Freight Mobility and the 
challenges facing the freight movement industry.

                   COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE (CDL)

    DOT requires all employers of commercial motor vehicle 
drivers to conduct background employment and driving record 
checks on each employee they intend to hire. In addition, the 
USA PATRIOT Act requires the DOT to conduct criminal background 
checks of all individuals who are applying for a hazardous 
materials endorsement for their CDL. On May 11, 2005, the 
Subcommittee held an oversight hearing on the Hazardous 
Material Endorsement Background Check. The hearing reviewed the 
background check process for truck drivers who apply for a 
hazardous material endorsement, in compliance with the USA 
PATRIOT Act. Officials from the FMCSA, DOT Office of Inspector 
General, Transportation Security Administration, and 
representatives from the American Trucking Associations, 
Teamsters, and the American Association of Motor Vehicle 
Administrators testified on the current status and challenges 
of the background check process. The witnesses described the 
difficulty in checking all the motor carrier operators, but the 
process has improved significantly since its inception due to 
increased cooperation between Federal agencies and the 
operators. Since the hearing, the Subcommittee has learned the 
process has further improved more with more background checking 
service centers and faster threat assessment times. The 
Subcommittee does not have any legislative activities for CDL 
issues.

                       SUBCOMMITTEE ON RAILROADS

    The oversight plan contemplated an examination of the 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007 
Budgets. The Subcommittee reviewed and evaluated the budget 
proposals for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), 
Amtrak, the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Railroad 
Retirement Board (RRB), and the National Mediation Board within 
the context of the hearings previously mentioned.
    The oversight plan contemplated hearings on functioning of 
the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and its relationship to 
DOT (including DOT's obligation to provide administrative 
support to the STB). On April 26, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on rail capacity. Witnesses included the Federal 
Railroad Administration (FRA), representatives of the rail 
industry and shippers, and industry expert Carl Martland of the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    The oversight plan contemplated hearings on FRA safety 
programs, enforcement and rulemaking activities, as well as the 
various safety laws that govern railroad operations. On April 
28, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on New Technologies 
for Rail Safety. Witnesses testified about new rail inspection 
technologies, positive train control, and vehicle crash 
protection. On July 21, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing 
on Grade Crossing Safety. Witnesses included the National 
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Operation Lifesaver, the 
FRA and others. On June 13, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on Rail Transportation of Hazardous Materials. The 
focus of the hearing was current regulatory requirements, 
routing, liability exposure and common carrier obligations. On 
June 27, 2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing on FRA's Safety 
Initiatives. The Subcommittee examined issues and problems 
relating to recent safety initiatives at the FRA, including DOT 
Secretary Mineta's Action Plan Addressing Critical Railroad 
Safety Issues. On July 25, 2006, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on Human Factors, including the impact of the Hours of 
Service Act on employee fatigue.
    The oversight plan contemplated hearings on various aspects 
of Amtrak with a view to reauthorization. On May 11, 2005, the 
Subcommittee held a hearing entitled ``Getting Acela Back on 
Track.'' The hearing centered on cracks in the Acela's brake 
discs, which had recently sidelined the entire fleet. On June 
9, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the Amtrak Food and 
Beverage Department and uncovered losses in excess of $100 
million per year. Along with several other witnesses, the 
Amtrak Inspector General and the Government Accountability 
Office presented testimony that Amtrak was spending two dollars 
for every dollar of Food and Beverage Revenue. On September 21, 
2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Amtrak Reform 
Proposals. The Subcommittee received testimony from the DOT 
General Counsel, DOT Inspector General and several private 
experts regarding proposed ways of restructuring Amtrak. On 
November 15, 2005, the Subcommittee held a hearing on Current 
Governance Issues at Amtrak. In the wake of the departure of 
Amtrak CEO David Gunn, the Subcommittee held this hearing to 
examine whether Amtrak had a legally constituted Board of 
Directors and a quorum to conduct business. On September 28, 
2006, the Subcommittee held a hearing entitled ``New Hands on 
the Amtrak Throttle,'' which served to introduce new Amtrak CEO 
Alexander Kummant to the Subcommittee.

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT


   ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)--CLEAN WATER ACT AND WATER 
                        INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS

    The oversight plan included a review of wastewater 
treatment and water pollution control funding issues; a review 
of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to water pollution 
control; and a review of water quality regulatory issues under 
the Clean Water Act. The Subcommittee examined Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act and water 
infrastructure program issues as part of a hearing the 
Subcommittee held on February 16, 2005, on agencies' proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The 
Subcommittee also received testimony on EPA Clean Water Act and 
water infrastructure program issues in a hearing held on March 
8, 2006, on the agency's proposed program priorities and 
budgets for Fiscal Year 2007. The Subcommittee met on April 13, 
2005, to receive testimony on wastewater blending at wastewater 
treatment plants during peak wet weather flow conditions. On 
June 8, 2005, and June 14, 2005, the Subcommittee held hearings 
on meeting the nation's wastewater infrastructure needs. The 
hearing led to the development of H.R. 4560, ``Clean Water 
Trust Act of 2005'', introduced on December 15, 2005. The 
Subcommittee met on September 29, 2005, to receive testimony on 
H.R. 1749, the ``Pest Management and Fire Suppression 
Flexibility Act.'' The Subcommittee met on March 30, 2006, to 
receive testimony on barriers to the cleanup of abandoned mine 
sites and potential means for encouraging volunteers (or so-
called ``Good Samaritans'') to clean up abandoned mines. The 
Subcommittee met on May 4, 2006 to receive testimony on H.R. 
4126, the ``Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Enhancement Act.'' 
This hearing led to the Committee markup of H.R. 4126 on 
September 20, 2006. The Subcommittee met on May 18, 2006 to 
receive testimony concerning ``EPA Grants Management 2003-2006: 
Progress and Challenge.'' The Subcommittee met on September 13, 
2006, to receive testimony on the Great Lakes Regional 
Collaboration Strategy and how it is serving as a framework for 
restoring and protecting the Great Lakes. The Subcommittee 
conducted oversight of wastewater treatment and water pollution 
control funding issues, including levels and sources of funding 
and management of grant and loan programs, and wastewater 
infrastructure and security needs. The Subcommittee also 
conducted oversight of regulatory and nonregulatory approaches 
to water pollution control, including watershed, market, and 
performance-based approaches to regulation; issues involving 
water quality standards; total maximum daily loads; effluent 
limitations; permitting; monitoring and data; and efforts to 
improve the management of combined and sanitary sewer 
overflows, stormwater, and nonpoint source pollution. A major 
ongoing goal of the 109th Congress for the Transportation 
Committee Oversight staff was work concerning the EPA's Grants 
Management Process. In the past year, major progress has been 
seen in the areas of identifying qualified grantees, ensuring 
environmental results from grant projects, monitoring grantee 
follow-through, and developing a system of direct 
accountability for EPA project managers. The result is greater 
environmental benefits as well as savings of millions of 
dollars that were previously wasted. Working closely with the 
EPA Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office 
(GAO), and the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, 
EPA has implemented a series of new policy guidelines and 
procedural changes within the agency as a result of the 
Committee's oversight efforts. These changes focused on 
employee training; development of an effective performance 
review process for the agency personnel overseeing the grants 
process; more competition in the awarding of EPA grants; and 
greater tracking and monitoring of grants.

            ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WATER RESOURCES PROGRAM

    The oversight plan included a review of efforts to improve 
the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and the 
management and mission of the civil works program of the Army 
Corps of Engineers, of the financing of harbor and inland 
waterways infrastructure, and of the agency's regulatory 
programs. The Subcommittee examined the Army Corps of Engineers 
water resources program issues as part of a hearing the 
Subcommittee held on March 10, 2005, on agencies' proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The 
Subcommittee also received testimony on the Army Corps of 
Engineers water resources program in a hearing held on March 1, 
2006, on the agency's proposed program priorities and budgets 
for Fiscal Year 2007. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and 
Environment and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, 
Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a joint hearing 
on October 18, 2005, to receive testimony on how to rebuild New 
Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Subcommittee met 
on October 20, 2005, to receive testimony from public and 
private witnesses on how to integrate hurricane, storm and 
flood protection, navigation, coastal ecosystem restoration, 
and other water resources needs, while meeting local objectives 
for rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. On October 27, 
2005, the Subcommittee received testimony from national flood 
damage reduction and floodplain management experts regarding 
flood risks throughout the nation and the policy implications 
of any decisions to provide hurricane and storm damage 
protection for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The Subcommittee 
met on April 6, 2006 to receive testimony on H.R. 4650, the 
``National Levee Safety Program Act.'' This hearing led to the 
Committee favorably reporting the bill on July 28, 2006. The 
Subcommittee reviewed efforts to improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the organization and the management and 
mission of the civil works program of the Army Corps of 
Engineers, including the selection, planning, and 
implementation of water resources projects. The Subcommittee 
also reviewed the agency's regulatory programs, including those 
pertaining to wetlands and dredging activities.

   EPA--THE COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, COMPENSATION, AND 
            LIABILITY ACT (CERCLA)/SUPERFUND AND BROWNFIELDS

    The oversight plan included a review of efforts to improve 
the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of the contaminated 
site cleanup process and the process of assessing natural 
resources damages. The Subcommittee examined Environmental 
Protection Agency CERCLA and Brownfields program issues as part 
of a hearing the Subcommittee held on February 16, 2005, on 
agencies' proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received testimony on EPA 
Clean Water Act and water infrastructure program issues in a 
hearing held on March 8, 2006, on the agency's proposed program 
priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007. The Subcommittee 
met on May 18, 2006, to receive testimony concerning ``EPA 
Grants Management 2003-2006: Progress and Challenge.'' The 
Subcommittee met on June 8, 2006, to receive testimony on the 
Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program and 
reauthorization of the ``Brownfields Revitalization and 
Environmental Restoration Act of 2001.'' This led to the 
introduction of H.R. 5810, a bill to reauthorize the 
Brownfields program. The Subcommittee reviewed efforts to 
improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of the 
contaminated site cleanup process and the process of assessing 
natural resources damages. Oversight included a review of the 
liability, financing, funding levels, and settlement mechanisms 
and procedures of the current Superfund program, including 
implementation of the Small Business Liability Protection Act; 
a review of the role of the States in conducting and financing 
cleanups; a review of the relationships among the States, EPA, 
and other Federal entities in implementing the Superfund 
program; and a review of ongoing Federal, State, and local 
efforts to revitalize ``brownfields,'' including implementation 
of the Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration 
Act. In addition to formal hearings, the Subcommittee Chairman 
requested the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to review the agency's Brownfields program. This led to 
the IG issuing a report on June 7, 2005, showing how the agency 
can better manage administrative resources to more effectively 
manage the Brownfields Program.

 ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, EPA, AND OTHER REGIONAL WATER AND ECOSYSTEM 
                           RESTORATION ISSUES

    The oversight plan included a review of regional and local 
projects, issues, and controversies involving water quality; 
water supply; water resources conservation, development, 
management, and policy; environmental protection; and flood 
control. The Subcommittee met on March 16, 2005, to receive 
testimony from Members of Congress regarding their requests for 
authorizations for Corps of Engineer water resources projects 
to be included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2005. 
In addition, the Subcommittee met on October 20, 2005, to 
receive testimony from public and private witnesses on how to 
integrate hurricane, storm and flood protection, navigation, 
coastal ecosystem restoration, and other water resources needs, 
while meeting local objectives for rebuilding New Orleans and 
the Gulf Coast. On September 13, 2006, the Subcommittee met to 
receive testimony on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration 
Strategy and how it is serving as a framework for restoring and 
protecting the Great Lakes.

 COAST GUARD/EPA/ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES ACT

    The oversight plan included a review of efforts to 
implement the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and 
Control Act of 1990, as amended by the National Invasive 
Species Act of 1996, and the need to further control invasions 
of nonindigenous aquatic species through ballast water. In 
cooperation with the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation, the Subcommittee reviewed efforts by various 
agencies to implement existing Federal law governing the 
prevention and control of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance 
species, the effectiveness of those efforts, and the need for 
further action to control invasions of nonindigenous aquatic 
species through ballast water.

                    TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY (TVA)

    The oversight plan included a review of TVA programs, 
including its energy program and operations, in the current and 
in a less regulated marketplace, TVA's management structure, 
and the impact of TVA debt. The Subcommittee examined TVA's 
programs as part of a hearing the Subcommittee held on March 
10, 2005, on the agency's proposed program priorities and 
budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received 
testimony on TVA's programs in a hearing held on March 8, 2006, 
on agencies' proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2007. During the 109th Congress, additional efforts have 
been undertaken by the Committee to work with TVA and validate 
its efforts to reduce its financial obligations. The goal is to 
ensure that TVA can remain competitive in the emerging energy 
markets as well as serve the people of the Tennessee Valley. 
The principal challenge for TVA has been to reduce the amount 
of debt it is carrying. To accomplish this objective, the 
Committee has worked with TVA, the local delegation, Government 
Accountability Office, and the Office of Management and Budget. 
The Committee has continued to work with TVA since it adopted 
its new strategic plan in 2004. In the past year, the Committee 
has worked with the GAO to evaluate the assumptions in that 
plan to make sure that TVA has a realistic strategy and the 
necessary commitments in place to reach its debt reduction 
goals. Following a request from the Subcommittee, the GAO 
released, in August, 2006, a report titled ``Tennessee Valley 
Authority Plans to Reduce Debt While Meeting Demand for 
Power''. The report describes how TVA plans to meet its goals 
for reducing debt, assesses the reasonableness of TVA's 
approach in developing its plan, identify key factors that 
could impact TVA's ability to successfully carry out its plan, 
and identify how TVA's plans for meeting the growing demand for 
power in the Tennessee Valley may impact its ability to reduce 
debt.

         SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (SLSDC)

    The oversight plan included a review of the efficiency and 
effectiveness of the SLSDC's current operations and structure, 
possible improvements in the operation of the Seaway, 
addressing national security and the economy, and the relation 
of the SLSDC to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, 
its Canadian counterpart. The Subcommittee examined the SLSDC's 
program as part of a hearing the Subcommittee held on March 10, 
2005, on agencies' proposed program priorities and budgets for 
Fiscal Year 2006. The Subcommittee also received testimony on 
the SLSDC's program in a hearing held on March 1, 2006, on the 
agency's proposed program priorities and budgets for Fiscal 
Year 2007.

              EPA AND COAST GUARD OIL POLLUTION ACT (OPA)

    The oversight plan included include a review of the oil 
spill response, planning, and liability provisions under OPA 
and the Clean Water Act, and enforcement activities and 
effectiveness under the oil spill prevention and response laws. 
Oversight included an evaluation, in cooperation with the 
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, of the 
United States Coast Guard's implementation of the Oil Pollution 
Act and the Clean Water Act, and enforcement activities under 
those laws. No other formal oversight was conducted on this 
issue.

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS/EPA/NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION 
             (NOAA) OCEAN AND COASTAL PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

    The oversight plan included a review of dredged material 
management and disposal under the Ocean Dumping Act, Water 
Resources Development Acts, and the Clean Water Act, and of 
various ocean and coastal water quality and shoreline 
protection issues under the Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone 
Management Act, Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments, 
and Water Resources Development Acts. The Subcommittee examined 
NOAA's program issues as part of a hearing the Subcommittee 
held on February 16, 2005, on agencies' proposed program 
priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The Subcommittee 
also received testimony on NOAA's program issues in a hearing 
held on March 8, 2006 on the agency's proposed program 
priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007.

 NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS) SMALL WATERSHED PROGRAM

    The oversight plan included a review of the Small Watershed 
Program, authorized under Public Law 83-566, and conducted by 
the United States Department of Agriculture's NRCS, including 
its relation to other conservation, environmental restoration, 
and flood control efforts. The Subcommittee examined the NRCS 
small watershed programs as part of a hearing the Subcommittee 
held on March 10, 2005, on agencies' proposed program 
priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2006. The Subcommittee 
also received testimony on the NRCS small watershed programs in 
a hearing held on March 1, 2006, on the agency's proposed 
program priorities and budgets for Fiscal Year 2007.

AGENCY PERFORMANCE AND RESULTS, AGENCY INNOVATION, AND ENSURING AGAINST 
                          DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS

    The oversight plan included a review of agency programs, 
performance, and results, including efforts to implement the 
Government Performance and Results Act, and efforts of 
agencies, such as EPA and the Corps, to improve environmental 
results by encouraging regulatory innovation, such as market-
based approaches and other approaches undertaken by State and 
local governments. Agency performance and results were reviewed 
at the Subcommittee's hearings on February 16, 2005, March 10, 
2005, March 1, 2006, and March 8, 2006 on agency budget 
requests and program priorities for Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal 
Year 2007. In addition, on May 18, 2006, the Subcommittee held 
a hearing on the progress of, and challenges remaining with, 
EPA's management of grants over the period 2003-2006.
                              Publications

    109-1--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation on Field Hearing on the Delaware 
River Oil Spill. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 18, 2005.
    109-2--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Commercial Space Transportation: Beyond the X Prize, February 
9, 2005.
    109-3--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Agency Budgets and Priorities for Fiscal 
Year 2006, February 16, 2005.
    109-4--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on The Fiscal Year 2006 Budget for 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs, and H.R. 889, 
the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005, March 
3, 2005.
    109-5--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Agency Budgets and Priorities for Fiscal 
Year 2006, March 10, 2005.
    109-6--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Lasers: A Hazard to Aviation Safety and Security? March 15, 
2005.
    109-7--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Member Project Requests for the Water 
Resources Development Act of 2005, March 16, 2005.
    109-8--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
Administration's Strengthening America's Communities Initiative 
and Its Impact on Economic Development, March 17, 2005.
    109-9--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Efforts to Prevent Pandemics by Air Travel, April 6, 2005.
    109-10--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Wastewater Blending, April 13, 2005.
    109-11--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Transforming the Federal Aviation Administration: A Review of 
the Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Planning and 
Development Office, April 14, 2005.
    109-12--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
National Preparedness System: What Are We Preparing For? April 
14, 2005.
    109-13--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on Air 
Traffic Management in Foreign Countries, April 20, 2005.
    109-14--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Deepwater Implementation, April 20, 
2005.
    109-15--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on New 
Technologies in Railroad Safety and Security, April 28, 2005.
    109-16--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on The 
Financial Condition of the Aviation Trust Fund: Are Reforms 
Needed? May 4, 2005.
    109-17--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Getting ACELA Back on Track, May 11, 2005.
    109-18--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Hazardous Materials Endorsement 
Background Checks, May 11, 2005.
    109-19--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Coast Guard Amendments of 2005, May 
12, 2005.
    109-20--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on The 
U.S. Jet Transport Industry: Global Market Factors Affecting 
U.S. Producers, May 25, 2005.
    109-21--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Financing Water Infrastructure Projects, 
June 8 and 14, 2005.
    109-22--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Amtrak Food and Beverage Operations, June 9, 2005.
    109-23--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Coast Guard Law Enforcement, June 
15, 2005.
    109-24--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Deepwater Implementation, June 21, 
2005.
    109-25--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
Judiciary's Ability to Pay for Current and Future Space Needs, 
June 21, 2005.
    109-26--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Airline Pensions: Avoiding Further Collapse, June 22, 2005.
    109-27--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Implementation of the Maritime 
Transportation Security Act, June 29, 2005.
    109-28--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on Cell 
Phones on Aircraft: Nuisance or Necessity? July 14, 2005.
    109-29--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Railroad Grade Crossing Safety Issues, July 21, 2005.
    109-30--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Honoring the Protectors of the Capitol: The Passengers of 
Flight 93, July 26, 2005.
    109-31--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Amtrak Reform Proposals, September 21, 2005.
    109-32--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on the 
Current Situation and Future Outlook of U.S. Commercial Airline 
Industry, September 28, 2005.
    109-33--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on H.R. 1749, Pest Management and Fire 
Suppression Flexibility Act, September 29, 2005.
    109-34--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on 
Recovering After Hurricane Katrina: Ensuring that Federal 
Emergency Management Agency is Up to the Task, October 6, 2005.
    109-35--Joint Hearing between the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management and the 
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on A Vision and 
Strategy for Rebuilding New Orleans, October 18, 2005.
    109-36--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Expert Views on Hurricane and Flood 
Protection and Water Resources Planning for a Rebuilt Gulf 
Coast, October 20, 2005.
    109-37--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Rebuilding Highway and Transit 
Infrastructure on the Gulf Coast, October 20, 2005.
    109-38--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Reducing Hurricane and Flood Risk in the 
Nation, October 27, 2005.
    109-39--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Rebuilding Highway and Transit 
Infrastructure on the Gulf Coast Following Hurricane Katrina--
State and Local Officials, October 27, 2005.
    109-40--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on 
Legislative Proposals in Response to Hurricane Katrina, 
November 3, 2005.
    109-41--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Current Governance Issues at Amtrak, November 15, 2005.
    109-42--Highway Compilation Volume II, Not Printed.
    109-43--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation on The National Strategy for 
Maritime Security, Camden, New Jersey, January 24, 2006.
    109-44--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on the 
United States--European Union Open Skies Agreement: With a 
Focus on the Department of Transportation's Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking Regarding Actual Control of the United States Air 
Carriers, February 8, 2006.
    109-45--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on the 
Commercial Jet Fuel Supply: Impact and Cost on the United 
States Airline Industry, February 15, 2006.
    109-46--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways and 
Transit on the Status of the Highway Trust Fund: How the Fiscal 
Year 2007 Budget Impacts Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, February 15, 
2006.
    109-47--Hearing before the Full Committee on Disasters and 
the Department of Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here? 
February 16, 2006.
    109-48--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
Big One: How Do We Ensure a Robust Federal Response to a 
Catastrophic Earthquake in the Los Angeles Region? Whittier, 
California, February 23, 2006.
    109-49--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on How 
Do We Ensure a Robust Federal Response to a Catastrophic 
Earthquake? St. Louis, Missouri, February 24, 2006.
    109-50--Hearings before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on The United States Coast Guard and 
the Federal Maritime Commission Fiscal Year 2007 Budget 
Request, March 1, 2006.
    109-51--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Agency Budgets and Priorities for Fiscal 
Year 2007, March 1, 2006.
    109-52--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Curbside Operators: Bus Safety and 
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance, March 2, 2006.
    109-53--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on the 
Reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board, 
March 8, 2006.
    109-54--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Agency Budgets and Priorities for Fiscal 
Year 2007, March 8, 2006.
    109-55--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on the Foreign Operation of United 
States Port Facilities, March 9, 2006.
    109-56--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroad on the 
Implementation of the Recently Expanded Rail Infrastructure 
Loan Program, March 15, 2006.
    109-57--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Pipeline Safety, March 16, 2006.
    109-58--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation 
on Meeting Future Aviation Capacity Needs in Southern 
California. Corona, California, March 20, 2006.
    109-59--Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation 
on Keeping United States Manufacturing Competitive. Wichita, 
Kansas, March 22, 2006.
    109-60--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the National Airspace System, 
March 29, 2006.
    109-61--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Transit and Over the Road Bus 
Security, March 29, 2006.
    109-62--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Barriers on the Cleanup of Abandoned Mine 
Sites, March 30, 2006.
    109-63--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
General Services Administration's Fiscal Year 2007 Capital 
Investment and Leasing Program, March 30, 2006.
    109-64--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on the Reliability of Highway Trust Fund 
Revenue Estimates, April 4, 2006.
    109-65--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on H.R. 4650, The National Levee Safety Program 
Act, April 6, 2006.
    109-66--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on the 
United States Rail Capacity Crunch, April 26, 2006.
    109-67--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on the Implementation of the Oil 
Pollution Act, April 27, 2006.
    109-68--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Mishandled Baggage: Problems and Solutions, May 3, 2006.
    109-69--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on The Reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay 
Program, May 4, 2006.
    109-70--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Highway Capacity and Freight Mobility: 
The Current Status and Future Challenges, May 10, 2006.
    109-71--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on the 
Operational Experience Under the 2001 Railroad Retirement 
Reform Law, May 10, 2006.
    109-72--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Coast Guard Mission Capabilities, 
May 11, 2006.
    109-73--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Environmental Protection Agency Grants 
Management 2003-2006: Progress and Challenges, May 18, 2006.
    109-74--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on the 
Impacts of Railroad-Owned Waste Facilities, May 23, 2006.
    109-75--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Understanding Contemporary Public 
Private Highway Transactions: The Future of Infrastructure 
Finance, May 24, 2006.
    109-76--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on the Implementation of Highway and 
Transit Law (SAFETEA-LU), June 7, 2006.
    109-77--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on Reauthorization of the Brownfields Program--
Successes and Future Challenges, June 8, 2006.
    109-78--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Current Issues in Rail Transportation on Hazardous Materials, 
June 13, 2006.
    109-79--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Deepwater Implementation, June 14, 
2006.
    109-80--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Intermodalism, June 15, 2006.
    109-81--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Fiscal Year 2007 Coast Guard 
Authorizing Legislation, June 20, 2006.
    109-82--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on Air 
Traffic Control Modernization: Present and Future, June 21, 
2006.
    109-83--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on the 
Future of the Federal Courthouse Construction Program: Results 
of a Government Accountability Office Study on the Judiciary's 
Rental Obligations, June 22, 2006.
    109-84--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Current Federal Railroad Administration Safety Initiatives, 
June 27, 2006.
    109-85--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Celebrating 50 Years: The Eisenhower 
Interstate Highway System, June 27, 2006.
    109-86--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Airline Passenger Baggage Screening: Technology and Airport 
Deployment Update, June 29, 2006.
    109-87--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Draft Legislative Regarding Ballast 
Water Management and Reduction of Air Pollution from Ships, 
July 11, 2006.
    109-88--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on The 
Reauthorization of the Appalachian Regional Commission and 
Legislative Proposals to Create Additional Regional Economic 
Development Authorities, July 12, 2006.
    109-89--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Reforming the Wright Amendment, July 12, 2006.
    109-90--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways; 
Transit and Pipelines on Transit Safety: The Federal Transit 
Administration's State Safety Oversight Program, July 19, 2006.
    109-91--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on U.S. Coast Guard Licensing and 
Documentation of Merchant Marines, July 20, 2006.
    109-92--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
Human Factors in Rail Safety, July 25, 2006.
    109-93--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management on 
Proposed Amendments to and Reauthorization of the National Dam 
Safety Program Act, July 26, 2006.
    109-94--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Highways, 
Transit and Pipelines on Freight Logistics: The Road Ahead as 
Seen by the Users of the Highway System, September 7, 2006.
    109-95--Hearing before the Full Committee on Low Pressure 
Liquid Pipelines: In the North Slope, Greater Prudhoe Bay, 
Alaska, September 13, 2006.
    109-96--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water Resources 
and Environment on The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration 
Strategy: Can it Be Implemented to Restore and Protect the 
Great Lakes? September 13, 2006.
    109-97--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on Coast Guard Mission Performance, 
September 14, 2006.
    109-98--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration Safety 
Programs, September 26, 2006.
    109-99--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and 
Maritime Transportation on The National Academy of Science 
Icebreaker Report, September 26, 2006.
    109-100--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Aviation on 
Next Generation Air Transportation System Financing Options, 
September 27, 2006.
    109-101--Hearing before the Subcommittee on Railroads on 
New Hands on the Amtrak Throttle, September 28, 2006.
    109-102--Summary of Legislative and Oversight Activities.