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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-140

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          RALPH REGULA FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE

                                _______
                                

    June 8, 2009.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                       [To accompany H.R. 1687 ]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 1687) to designate the Federal 
building and United States courthouse located at McKinley 
Avenue and Third Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph 
Regula Federal Office Building and Courthouse'', having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments 
and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.
    The amendments are as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. RALPH REGULA FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

    (a) Designation.--The Administrator of General Services shall 
ensure that the federally occupied building located at McKinley Avenue 
and Third Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, is known and designated as the 
``Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.
    (b) References.--With respect to the period in which the building 
referred to in subsection (a) is federally occupied, any reference in a 
law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United 
States to that building shall be deemed to be a reference to the 
``Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.

    Amend the title so as to read:
    A bill to designate the federally occupied building located at 
McKinley Avenue and Third Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph 
Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 1687, as amended, designates the federally occupied 
building located at McKinley Avenue and Third Street, SW., in 
Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula Federal Building and United 
States Courthouse''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Representative Ralph Regula represented Ohio's 16th 
Congressional District from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 
2009. Ralph Strauss Regula was born in Beach City, Ohio, on 
December 3, 1924. After high school, Representative Regula 
served in the United States Navy during World War II. Regula 
later went on to earn a B.A. from Mount Union College in 1948, 
and then graduated from the William McKinley School of Law in 
Canton, Ohio in 1952.
    Representative Regula served in many different capacities 
during his long tenure in public service. He was a member of 
the Ohio state board of education from 1960-1964, and was then 
elected to the Ohio state House of Representatives from 1965-
1967 and subsequently served in the Ohio state Senate in 1967-
1972. Regula was then elected to the U.S. House of 
Representatives in the 93rd Congress, and served for 36 years.
    Representative Regula, one of the longest serving 
Republican members of Congress, retired at the end of the 110th 
Congress after a career of nearly 50 years of public service. 
Representative Regula is married to Mary Regula, and has three 
children and four grandchildren.
    It is fitting and proper to honor Representative Ralph S. 
Regula's extraordinary service to his country by designating 
the federally occupied building located at McKinley Avenue and 
Third Street, SW., in Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula 
Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 1687, as amended, designates the federally occupied 
building located at McKinley Avenue and Third Street, SW., in 
Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula Federal Building and United 
States Courthouse''.
    Section 1(a) of H.R. 1687, as amended, designates the 
federally occupied building located at McKinley Avenue and 
Third Street, SW., in Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula 
Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.
    Section 1(b) states that during the period that the 
building referred to in subsection (a) is federally occupied, 
any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper or 
other record of the United States to the courthouse referred to 
in (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Ralph Regula 
Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    In the 110th Congress, Senator Sherrod Brown introduced S. 
3727 on December 10, 2008. This bill had not been introduced in 
a previous Congress.
    In the 111th Congress, on January 15, 2009, Senator Sherrod 
Brown introduced S. 273 to name the federally occupied building 
in Canton, Ohio in honor of Ralph Regula. On March 24, 2009, 
Representative John A. Boccieri introduced H.R. 1687. On June 
4, 2009, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met 
in open session and considered H.R. 1687. Representative 
Boccieri offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to 
make a technical correction to the bill. The amendment was 
agreed to by voice vote with a quorum present. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure ordered H.R. 1687, as 
amended, reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a 
quorum present.

                              RECORD 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 record vote on a motion to 
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter, 
and the names of those members voting for and against. There 
were no recorded votes taken in connection with ordering 
reported H.R. 1687, as amended. A motion to order H.R. 1687, as 
amended, reported favorably to the House was agreed to by voice 
vote with a quorum present.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

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

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
references the report of the Congressional Budget Office 
included in the report.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goals and objective of this legislation are to 
designate the federally occupied building located at McKinley 
Avenue and Third Street, S.W., in Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph 
Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.
    3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee has received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 
1687, as amended, from the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                      Washington, DC, June 5, 2009.
Hon. James L. Oberstar,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed the following legislation as ordered reported by the 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on June 4, 
2009:
           H.R. 2053, a bill to designate the United 
        States courthouse located at 525 Magoffin Avenue in El 
        Paso, Texas, as the ``Albert Armendariz, Sr., United 
        States Courthouse'';
           H.R. 2498, a bill to designate the federal 
        building located at 844 North Rush Street in Chicago, 
        Illinois, as the ``William O. Lipinski Federal 
        Building''; and
           H.R. 1687, a bill to designate the federally 
        occupied building located at McKinley Avenue and Third 
        Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula 
        Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.
    CBO estimates that enacting those pieces of legislation 
would have no significant impact on the federal budget and 
would not affect direct spending or revenues. The bills contain 
no intergovernmental or private sector mandates as defined in 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on 
state, local, or tribal governments.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                      Douglas W. Elmendorf,
                                                          Director.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, H.R. 1687, as amended, does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), or 9(f) of rule XXI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

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

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act (P.L. 104-4).

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 1687, as amended, 
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 (P.L. 104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 1687, as amended, makes no changes in existing law.