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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-240

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              SIDNEY M. ARONOVITZ UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

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   July 31, 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

                        [To accompany H.R. 2913]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 2913) to designate the United 
States courthouse located at 301 Simonton Street in Key West, 
Florida, as the ``Sidney M. Aronovitz United States 
Courthouse'', having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 2913 designates the United States courthouse located 
at 301 Simonton Street in Key West, Florida, as the ``Sidney M. 
Aronovitz United States Courthouse''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz served as a U.S. District Court 
Judge for the Southern District of Florida for 21 years. 
Aronovitz was born in Key West, Florida, on June 20, 1920. 
After graduating from Key West High School in 1937, he attended 
the University of Florida where he was awarded a Bachelor of 
Arts degree in 1942, and a law degree, with honors, in 1943. 
Aronovitz went on to serve as a U.S. Army Captain from 1943-
1946, earning multiple distinctions, including a Bronze Star.
    Between 1943 and 1976, Aronovitz served as a lawyer in 
private practice in Miami, Florida. He also served as a City 
Commissioner from 1962 to 1966, holding the position of Vice-
Mayor in 1965. In 1976, President Gerald Ford nominated Sidney 
M. Aronovitz to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the 
Southern District of Florida. Judge Aronovitz was commissioned 
on September 21, 1976, and served as a U.S. District Court 
Judge until his death in 1997. In addition, he periodically sat 
on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, and served on the 
U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1988 to 1992. 
During his time on the bench, Judge Aronovitz presided over 
``some of Miami's most colorful and complex cases.''\1\
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    \1\Colorful Federal Judge Sidney Aronovitz Dies, Peoria Journal 
Star, Jan. 10, 1997, at C.9.
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    Outside of the courtroom, Judge Aronovitz helped form 
numerous educational, religious, and health organizations in 
Dade County, Florida. The Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz Memorial 
Scholarship was formed in his honor, and is awarded yearly to 
minority students in Southern Florida wishing to continue their 
education.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the United States courthouse located 
at 301 Simonton Street in Key West, Florida, as the ``Sidney M. 
Aronovitz United States Courthouse''.

Sec. 2. References

    Section 2 indicates that any reference in a law, map, 
regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United 
States to the United States courthouse referred to in section 1 
shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Sidney M. Aronovitz 
United States Courthouse''.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On June 17, 2009, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 
introduced H.R. 2913. This bill has not been introduced in a 
previous Congress. On July 30, 2009, the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session, and 
ordered the bill reported favorably to the House by voice vote 
with a quorum present.

                              RECORD VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules 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 consideration of H.R. 2913 or ordering the bill reported. 
A motion to order H.R. 2913 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

    The Committee estimates that enacting this legislation will 
have no significant impact on the Federal budget and would not 
affect direct spending or revenues.

                    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 
Sec. 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee estimates that enacting this legislation will have no 
significant impact on the Federal budget and would not affect 
direct spending or revenues.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation are to 
designate the United States courthouse located at 301 Simonton 
Street in Key West, Florida, as the ``Sidney M. Aronovitz 
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 had not received the estimate and comparison for H.R. 
2913 from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office 
before the filing of the report.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, H.R. 2913 does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), and 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. 2913 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. 2913 makes no changes in existing law.