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112th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     112-42

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   GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND GEORGE W. BUSH UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND 
                     GEORGE MAHON FEDERAL BUILDING

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   March 29, 2011.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 362]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 362) to redesignate the Federal 
building and United States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall 
Street in Midland, Texas, as the ``George H. W. Bush and George 
W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal 
Building'', having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose of Legislation...........................................     1
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Summary of Legislation...........................................     3
Legislative History and Consideration............................     3
Hearings.........................................................     3
Committee Votes..................................................     3
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     3
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     3
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     4
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     4
Advisory of Earmarks.............................................     4
Federal Mandate Statement........................................     4
Preemption Clarification.........................................     5
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     5
Applicability of Legislative Branch..............................     5
Changes in Existing Law made by the Bill, as Reported............     5

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    H.R. 362 would re-designate the Federal building and United 
States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall Street in Midland, 
Texas, as the ``George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush United 
States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building.''

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The Federal building and United States Courthouse in 
Midland, Texas, is currently named the George Mahon Federal 
Building. H.R. 362 would add the names of the former 
presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, to the Federal 
building and United States courthouse at 200 East Wall Street 
in Midland, Texas. The bill commemorates the many years of 
public service by the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United 
States--George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

George H.W. Bush

    President George H.W. Bush was born in Milton, 
Massachusetts. Upon turning 18, he enlisted in the armed forces 
and was the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his 
wings. He served in the Navy during World War II from 1942 to 
1945. While serving in the Navy, he flew 58 combat missions. 
For his bravery, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    After returning from World War II, George H.W. Bush 
completed college at Yale University and then relocated with 
his family to west Texas where he began his career in the 
private sector. Later, he served two terms in the U.S. House of 
Representatives for the 7th congressional district of Texas 
from 1966 to 1970. Following his two terms in Congress, he 
served as Ambassador to the United Nations (1971-73), Chairman 
of the Republican National Committee (1973-74), Chief of the 
U.S. Liaison Office in China (1974-76), and Director of the 
Central Intelligence Agency (1976-81).
    In 1981, Bush was elected as Vice President to President 
Ronald Reagan and served in that capacity for two terms. In 
1988, Bush was elected the 41st President of the United States 
and served as President until 1993. In 2011, President George 
H.W. Bush was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by 
President Barack Obama, the award being the highest civilian 
honor for ``an especially meritorious contribution to the 
security or national interests of the United States, world 
peace, cultural or other significant public or private 
endeavors.''\1\
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    \1\Statement of The White House issued November 17, 2010.
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George W. Bush

    In 2000, the son of George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, 
followed in his father's footsteps when he was elected as the 
43rd President of the United States, after serving six years as 
the Governor of Texas. And, in 2004, he was elected to a second 
term.
    George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1948, 
his family moved to Midland, Texas. He received a bachelor's 
degree in history from Yale University and a Master of Business 
Administration from Harvard Business School. George W. Bush 
also served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. After 
receiving his degree from Harvard, he returned to Midland and 
began a career in the private sector. Later, he purchased the 
Texas Rangers baseball franchise, with a group of partners. In 
1994, he was elected the 46th Governor of Texas and became the 
first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-
year terms when he was re-elected in 1998.

                         SUMMARY OF LEGISLATION

Section 1. Redesignation

    This section provides that the Federal building and United 
States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall Street in Midland, 
Texas, be re-designated as the ``George H. W. Bush and George 
W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal 
Building.''

Section 2. Reference

    This section provides that any references in law, map, 
regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United 
States that refers to the building identified in Section 1 be 
deemed to refer to the ``George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush 
United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building.''

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    On January 20, 2011, Representative K. Michael Conaway 
introduced H.R. 362, a bill to re-designate the Federal 
building and United States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall 
Street in Midland, Texas, as the ``George H. W. Bush and George 
W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal 
Building.'' On February 16, 2011, 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.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H.R. 362.

                            COMMITTEE 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 record votes taken in connection with consideration of 
H.R. 362, or ordering the bill reported. A motion to order H.R. 
362 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.

               NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    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.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    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 is to re-
designate the Federal building and United States Courthouse 
located at 200 East Wall Street in Midland, Texas, as the 
``George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush United States Courthouse 
and George Mahon Federal Building.''

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    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. 362 from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                 Washington, DC, February 17, 2011.
Hon. John L. Mica,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed H.R. 362, a bill to redesignate the Federal building 
and United States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall Street in 
Midland, Texas, as the ``George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush 
United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building,'' 
as ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure on February 16, 2011.
    CBO estimates that enacting 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 do 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. Elmendorf.

                          ADVISORY OF EARMARKS

    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. No 
provision in the bill includes an earmark, limited tax benefit, 
or limited tariff benefit under clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of 
rule XXI.

                       FEDERAL MANDATE 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. 362 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 OF 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. 362 makes no changes in existing law.