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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     111-444

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     JOHN C. GODBOLD UNITED STATES JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

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   March 18, 2010.--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. 4275]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 4275) to designate the annex 
building under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United 
States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the 
``John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration 
Building'', 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. DESIGNATION.

  The annex building under construction for the United States 
courthouse located at 56 Forsyth Street in Atlanta, Georgia, known as 
the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, shall be 
known and designated as the ``John C. Godbold Federal Building''.

SEC. 2. REFERENCES.

  Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other 
record of the United States to the annex building referred to in 
section 1 shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``John C. Godbold 
Federal Building''.

  Amend the title so as to read:

      A bill to designate the annex building under construction for the 
Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, 
Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold Federal Building''.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 4275, as amended, designates the annex building under 
construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of 
Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold 
Federal Building''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 4275 designates the annex building under construction 
for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals 
Building at 56 Forsyth Street in Atlanta, Georgia, as the 
``John C. Godbold Federal Building''.
    John C. Godbold was born in 1920, in Coy, Alabama. He 
received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 
1940 and attended Harvard Law School. His study of law was put 
on hiatus to serve in the armed forces during World War II. 
Following his service, Godbold graduated from Harvard Law 
School in 1948 and entered into private practice in Montgomery, 
Alabama.
    In 1966, Godbold was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals 
for the 5th Circuit by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1981, he 
was appointed Chief Judge of the 5th Circuit. After creation of 
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in 1981, Godbold 
was appointed Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit. He is the only 
judge to act as Chief Judge of two Federal circuits. Beginning 
in 1987, he served as director of the Federal Judicial Center 
for three years before returning to the 11th Circuit for the 
remainder of his life.
    Judge Godbold received the 1996 Edward J. Devitt 
Distinguished Service to Justice Award and honorary doctorate 
degrees from Sanford, Auburn, and Stetson Universities in 1981, 
1988, and 1994, respectively. His article, Twenty Pages and 
Twenty Minutes--Effective Advocacy on Appeal, is widely read in 
American jurisprudence. Judge Godbold passed away on December 
22, 2009.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the annex building under construction 
for the United States courthouse located at 56 Forsyth Street 
in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold Federal 
Building''.

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 annex building referred to in section 1 shall be 
deemed to be a reference to the ``John C. Godbold Federal 
Building''.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On December 10, 2009, Representative John Lewis introduced 
H.R. 4275. This bill has not been introduced in a previous 
Congress. On March 3, 2010, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session to consider H.R. 4275. The 
Committee adopted an amendment in the nature of a substitute to 
the bill by voice vote. The Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure ordered H.R. 4275, as amended, 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 recorded 
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. 4275, or ordering the bill, as 
amended, reported. A motion to order H.R. 4275, 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 
section 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 annex building under construction for the United 
States courthouse located at 56 Forsyth Street in Atlanta, 
Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold Federal Building''.
    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. 
4275, as amended, from the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office:
                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, March 5, 2010.
Hon. James L. Oberstar,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of 
        Representatives. Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed H.R. 4275, a bill to designate the annex building 
under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court 
of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``John C. 
Godbold Federal Building,'' as ordered reported by the House 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on March 3, 
2010.
    CBO estimates that enactment of this legislation would have 
no significant impact on the federal budget and would not 
affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go 
procedures would not apply. The bill contains 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. Elemendorf,
                                                          Director.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee is required to include a list 
of congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited 
tariff benefits, as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of 
rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. H.R. 
4275, as amended, does not contain any earmarks, limited tax 
benefits, or limited tariff benefits under clause 9(e), 9(f), 
or 9(g) of rule XXI.

                   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. 4275, 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. 4275, as amended, makes no changes in existing law.