H. Rept. 109-90 - 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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House Report 109-90 - SUPPORTING NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK

[House Report 109-90]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]



109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     109-90

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                 SUPPORTING NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK

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May 23, 2005.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 243]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the resolutions (H. Res. 243) recognizing the 
Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Safe 
Boating Council for their efforts to promote National Safe 
Boating Week, having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon without amendment and recommend that the resolution be 
agreed to.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    The purpose of H. Res. 243 is to recognize the Coast Guard, 
the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Safe Boating 
Council for their efforts to promote National Safe Boating 
Week.

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    H. Res. 243 supports initiatives for recreational boating 
safety education and accident prevention to minimize the number 
of annual recreational boating fatalities. Recreational boating 
is one of the Nation's most popular pastimes, and while the 
number of recreational boating fatalities has declined by more 
than half since 1970, many lives are still lost each year. More 
than half of these lives could be saved with the proper use of 
a personal floatation device.
    H. Res. 243 recognizes the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard 
Auxiliary, and the National Safe Boating Council for their 
efforts each year during May to highlight the importance of 
safe recreational boating. This resolution also supports the 
goals of National Boating Safety Week, May 21-27, 2005. The 
Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Safe 
Boating Council will use this week to promote boating safety 
and emphasize the importance of boating safety education in 
efforts to prevent recreational boating accidents.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

    The resolution celebrates National Boating Safety Week and 
supports the initiatives taken by the Coast Guard and the 
recreational boating community to improve boating safety.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    H. Res. 243 was introduced by Congressman Jim Cooper on 
April 27, 2005. The resolution was referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. On May 18, 2005, the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met to markup H. 
Res. 243. The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
Transportation was discharged from consideration of the 
resolution and the resolution was approved unanimously by voice 
vote and was ordered favorably reported to the House.

                            ROLL CALL VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
requires each committee report to include the total number of 
votes cast for and against on each roll call vote on a motion 
to report and on any amendment offered to the measure or 
matter, and the names of those members voting for and against. 
No roll call votes were ordered during consideration of H. Res. 
243.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

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

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Pursuant to Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure estimates that no costs will be incurred in 
carrying out H. Res. 243.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure estimates that no new 
budget authority will be incurred in carrying out H. Res. 243.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, H. Res. 
243 authorizes no funding.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause (3)(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or 
joint resolution of a public character shall include a 
statement citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in 
the Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the 
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted 
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Committee states that H. Res. 243 contains no federal 
mandates.

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H. Res. 243 does not 
preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

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

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

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

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H. Res. 243 makes no changes in existing law.