H. Rept. 112-608 - 112th Congress (2011-2012)
July 19, 2012, As Reported by the Natural Resources Committee

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House Report 112-608 - TO NAME THE JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE VISITOR CONTACT STATION OF THE JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE UNIT OF GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN HONOR OF JAMES L. BUCKLEY




[House Report 112-608]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


112th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     112-608

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TO NAME THE JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE VISITOR CONTACT STATION OF THE 
JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE UNIT OF GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN 
                       HONOR OF JAMES L. BUCKLEY

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   July 19, 2012.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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 Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 5958]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 5958) to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 
Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit 
of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. 
Buckley, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H.R. 5958 is to name the Jamaica Bay 
Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay 
Wildlife Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in 
honor of James L. Buckley.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 5958 would name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 
Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit 
of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. 
Buckley.
    The legislation was introduced to recognize the 
contributions of Senator James L. Buckley to New York State, 
and to the establishment of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and 
the Gateway National Recreation Area. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife 
Refuge includes the open waters, dunes, brackish ponds, 
woodlands, fields and salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. The Refuge 
is within the boundary of New York City and is managed by the 
National Park Service as part of the Gateway National 
Recreation Area.
    Senator Buckley, a life-long birder and naturalist, was a 
cosponsor of the legislation creating the Park and spoke of 
protecting the area from airport expansion even before his 
election to the Senate in 1970. James Buckley is one of the few 
Americans to have served at the top levels of all three 
branches of the U. S. government. In addition to his election 
to the Senate, Buckley served as Under Secretary of State, 
President of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Judge of 
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit--generally held 
to be the second highest court in the U.S. judicial system.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 5958 was introduced on June 18, 2012, by Congressman 
Robert L. Turner (R-NY). The bill was referred to the House 
Committee on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. On 
June 28, 2012, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and 
Public Lands held a hearing on the bill. On July 11, 2012, the 
Full Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The 
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands was 
discharged by unanimous consent. No amendments were offered, 
and the bill was adopted and ordered favorably to the House of 
Representatives by unanimous consent.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                                     July 13, 2012.
Hon. Doc Hastings,
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed H.R. 5958, a bill to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife 
Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife 
Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of 
James L. Buckley, as ordered reported by the House Committee on 
Natural Resources on July 11, 2012.
    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. H.R. 5958 contains no 
intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets 
of 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 Jeff LaFave.
            Sincerely,
                                              Douglas W. Elmendorf.

    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by 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, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. 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.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife 
Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife 
Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of 
James L. Buckley.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.