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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     111-31

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                JAMES A. LEACH UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

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   March 10, 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. 887]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 887) to designate the United States 
courthouse located at 131 East 4th Street in Davenport, Iowa, 
as the ``James A. Leach 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. 887 designates the United States courthouse located at 
131 East 4th Street in Davenport, Iowa, as the ``James A. Leach 
United States Courthouse''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    James Albert Smith Leach was born in Davenport, Iowa, on 
October 15, 1942. Leach attended the public schools of 
Davenport, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from 
Princeton University in 1964. Leach later received a Master of 
Arts degree in Soviet Politics from the School of Advanced 
International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in 1966, and 
subsequently attended the London School of Economics.
    Former Representative Leach began his public service career 
in 1965 as a staff person to then-Congressman Donald Rumsfeld. 
In 1968, Leach joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign 
Service Officer and subsequently served as special assistant to 
director at the Office of Economic Opportunity. In the 1970s, 
Rep. Leach served in various capacities with the United 
Nations, the United States Advisory Commission on International 
Education and Cultural Affairs, and the Federal Home Loan Bank 
Board.
    In 1976, Rep. Leach was elected to Congress. Rep. Leach 
represented the 2nd District of Iowa in the United States House 
of Representatives for 30 years (1977-2007). A career public 
servant, Rep. Leach chaired the Committee on Banking and 
Financial Services, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific 
Affairs, and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. 
He holds eight honorary degrees, has received decorations from 
two foreign governments, and is the recipient of the Wayne 
Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award 
from Johns Hopkins University, the Adlai Stevenson Award from 
the United Nations Association, and the Edgar Wayburn Award 
from the Sierra Club.
    In February 2007, former Rep. Leach joined the faculty of 
Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International 
Affairs as a visiting professor.
    In honor of Representative James A. Leach's outstanding 
public service and his exemplary professional career, it is 
both fitting and proper to designate the U.S. courthouse 
located on 131 East 4th Street in Davenport, Iowa, as the 
``James A. Leach United States Courthouse''.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the Federal building located at 131 
East 4th Street in Davenport, Iowa, as the ``James A. Leach 
United States Courthouse''.

 Section 2. References

     Section 2 declares that any reference in 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 ``James A. Leach 
United States Courthouse''.

             LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

     In the 110th Congress, Representative David Loebsack 
introduced H.R. 1505 on March 13, 2007. This bill has not been 
introduced in a previous Congress. On May 2, 2007, the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open 
session to consider H.R. 1505. Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management 
Chairwoman Norton offered an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute to make a technical correction to the bill. The 
amendment designates the facility as the ``James A. Leach 
United States Courthouse''. The amendment was agreed to by 
voice vote. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
ordered the bill reported favorably to the House by voice vote. 
On May 8, 2007, the Committee reported the bill to the House. 
H. Rept. 110-132. On May 15, 2007, the House passed H.R. 1505 
by voice vote. No further action was taken on the bill.
     In the 111th Congress, Representative Loebsack introduced 
H.R. 887 on February 4, 2009. On February 12, 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 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. 887. A motion to order H.R. 887 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)(I) 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 objectives of this legislation are to 
designate the United States courthouse located at 131 East 4th 
Street in Davenport, Iowa, as the ``James A. Leach 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. 887 
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                 Washington, DC, February 17, 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 
February 12, 2009:
           H.R. 887, a bill to designate the United 
        States courthouse located at 131 East 4th Street in 
        Davenport, Iowa, as the ``James A. Leach United States 
        Courthouse'';
           H.R. 869, a bill to designate 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'';
           H.R. 842, a bill to designate the United 
        States courthouse to be constructed in Jackson, 
        Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
        Courthouse'';
           H.R. 837, a bill to designate the federal 
        building located at 799 United Nations Plaza in New 
        York, New York, as the ``Ronald H. Brown United States 
        Mission to the United Nations Building''; and
           H.R. 813, a bill to designate the federal 
        building and United States courthouse located at 306 
        East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as 
        the ``J. Herbert W. Small 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. 887, 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 (Public Law 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. 887 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.R. 887 makes no changes in existing law.