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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-167

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RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO TRANSMIT TO 
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE FISCAL YEAR 2010 30-YEAR SHIPBUILDING 
PLAN RELATING TO THE LONG-TERM SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY OF THE DEPARTMENT 
 OF DEFENSE, AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 231 OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE

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   June 19, 2009.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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   Mr. Skelton, from the Committee on Armed Services, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 477]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Armed Services, to whom was referred the 
resolution (H. Res. 477) directing the Secretary of Defense to 
transmit to the House of Representatives the fiscal year 2010 
30-year shipbuilding plan relating to the long-term 
shipbuilding strategy of the Department of Defense, as required 
by section 231 of title 10, United States Code, having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon with an amendment 
and recommend that the resolution as amended be agreed to.
  The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the resolving clause and insert the 
following:

That the Secretary of Defense is directed to transmit to the House of 
Representatives, not later than September 15, 2009--
          (1) the fiscal year 2010 30-year shipbuilding plan relating 
        to the long-term shipbuilding strategy of the Department of 
        Defense, as required by section 231 of title 10, United States 
        Code; and
          (2) the certification statement of the Secretary required in 
        the plan that both the budget for this fiscal year and the 
        future-years defense program relating to the construction of 
        naval vessels are at a level that is sufficient for the 
        procurement as described in the 30-year shipbuilding plan.

                         PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND

    Section 231 of title 10, United States Code, requires that 
the Secretary of Defense submit with the budget request 
required by section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, 
for each fiscal year, a long-range plan for the construction of 
naval vessels. The long-range plan must describe the naval 
force required to meet the current national security strategy 
or the current Quadrennial Defense Review and must certify that 
the construction plan and that the budget request for the 
current year and programmed for future years is sufficient to 
maintain such a naval force.
    The budget request submitted pursuant to section 1105(a) of 
title 31, United States Code, for fiscal year 2010 did not 
contain the long-range plan for the construction of naval 
vessels. On May 21, 2009, the Honorable Randy Forbes of 
Virginia introduced House Resolution 477, a resolution of 
inquiry that would direct the Secretary of Defense to transmit, 
within 14 days of the adoption of the resolution, to the House 
of Representatives, the long-range construction plan for naval 
vessels along with all documents, including telephone and 
electronic mail records, logs and calendars, and records of 
internal discussions in the possession of the Secretary of 
Defense, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget relating to the long-range plan 
for the construction of naval vessels.
    Clause 7 of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives provides for a committee to report on a 
qualifying resolution of inquiry, such as House Resolution 477, 
within 14 legislative days or a privileged motion to discharge 
the committee is in order. House Resolution 477 was referred to 
the Committee on Armed Services on May 21, 2009.
    On June 16, 2009, the Committee on Armed Services took up 
House Resolution 477 for the purpose of reporting a 
recommendation to the House. House Resolution 477 was amended 
to require the Secretary of Defense to submit only the long-
range plan for the construction of naval vessels and 
certification required by section 231 of title 10, United 
States Code, by September 15, 2009.
    Under the rules and precedents of the House, a resolution 
of inquiry is one of the means by which the House may request 
information from the head of one of the executive departments. 
It is a simple resolution making a demand of the head of an 
executive department to furnish the House of Representatives 
with specific information in the possession of the executive 
branch. It is not used to request opinions or to require an 
investigation on a subject.

                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    House Resolution 477 was introduced on May 21, 2009, and 
referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
    On June 16, 2009, the Committee on Armed Services held a 
mark-up session to consider House Resolution 477, as 
introduced. The committee, a quorum being present, ordered to 
be reported House Resolution 477, as amended, to the House with 
a favorable recommendation by a voice vote.

                           COMMITTEE POSITION

    On June 16, 2009, the Committee on Armed Services, a quorum 
being present, ordered to be reported House Resolution 477, as 
amended, to the House with a favorable recommendation by a 
voice vote.

                        COMMITTEE COST ESTIMATE

    Pursuant to clause 3(d) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the committee estimates the costs of 
implementing the resolution would be minimal. The Congressional 
Budget Office did not provide a cost estimate for the 
resolution.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of Rule XXI, House Resolution 477 
contains no congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or 
limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), or 
9(f) of rule XXI.

                           OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the committee reports that the 
findings and recommendations of the committee, based on 
oversight activities pursuant to clause 2(b)(1) of rule X, are 
incorporated in the descriptive portions of this report.
    With respect to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, this legislation does not include 
any new spending or credit authority, nor does it provide for 
any increase or decrease in tax revenues or expenditures.
    With respect to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the bill does not authorize 
specific program funding.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the committee finds the authority for 
this legislation in Article I, Section 8 of the United States 
Constitution.

                     STATEMENT OF FEDERAL MANDATES

    Pursuant to section 423 of Public Law 104-4, this 
legislation contains no federal mandates with respect to state, 
local, and tribal governments, nor with respect to the private 
sector. Similarly, the bill provides no unfunded federal 
intergovernmental mandates.

                              RECORD VOTE

    In accordance with clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, there were no record votes taken 
with respect to the committee's consideration of House 
Resolution 477.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    Clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires an elaboration or description of how 
the reported bill proposes to repeal or amend a statute or part 
thereof. There were no changes in existing law made by House 
Resolution 477, as reported.

                    ADDITIONAL AND DISSENTING VIEWS

    Clause 3(a) of rule XIII requires that the report include 
all supplemental, minority, or additional views that have been 
submitted. None have been submitted by the time of the filing 
of the report.