H. Rept. 112-625 - 112th Congress (2011-2012)
July 26, 2012, As Reported by the House Administration Committee

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House Report 112-625 - TO AUTHORIZE THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL TO ESTABLISH BATTERY RECHARGING STATIONS FOR PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLES IN PARKING AREAS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT NO NET COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT




[House Report 112-625]
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112th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     112-625

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    TO AUTHORIZE THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL TO ESTABLISH BATTERY 
RECHARGING STATIONS FOR PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLES IN PARKING AREAS UNDER 
THE JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT NO NET COST TO THE 
                           FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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 July 26, 2012.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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   Mr. Daniel E. Lungren of California, from the Committee on House 
                Administration, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1402]

    The Committee on House Administration, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 1402) to authorize the Architect of the Capitol 
to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned 
vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House 
of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government, 
having considered the same, report favorably thereon with an 
amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.
    The amendment is as follows:
  Amend section 1(e) to read as follows:

  (e) Reports.--
          (1) In general.--Not later than 30 days after the end 
        of each fiscal year, the Architect of the Capitol shall 
        submit a report on the financial administration and 
        cost recovery of activities under this section with 
        respect to that fiscal year to the Committee on House 
        Administration of the House of Representatives.
          (2) Avoiding subsidy.--
                  (A) Determination.--Not later than 3 years 
                after the date of enactment of this Act and 
                every 3 years thereafter, the Architect of the 
                Capitol shall submit a report to the Committee 
                on House Administration of the House of 
                Representatives determining whether Members 
                (including any Delegate or Resident 
                Commissioner to Congress) and covered employees 
                using battery charging stations as authorized 
                by this Act are receiving a subsidy from the 
                taxpayers.
                  (B) Modification of rates and fees.--If a 
                determination is made under subparagraph (A) 
                that a subsidy is being received, the Architect 
                of the Capitol shall submit a plan to the 
                Committee on House Administration of the House 
                of Representatives on how to update the program 
                to ensure no subsidy is being received. If the 
                committee does not act on the plan within 60 
                days, the Architect of the Capitol shall take 
                appropriate steps to increase rates or fees to 
                ensure reimbursement for the cost of the 
                program consistent with an appropriate schedule 
                for amortization, to be charged to those using 
                the charging stations.

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 1402 authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to 
designate battery recharging stations for privately owned 
vehicles in House garages. The users of the recharging stations 
will be charged a fee approved by the Committee on House 
Administration to ensure there is no net cost for this service 
borne by the government.
    During the consideration of the bill by the Committee on 
House Administration, Chairman Daniel E. Lungren offered an 
amendment to adopt language that parallels the Senate's 
companion electric car bill, S. 739. Under this amendment, if 
the Architect of the Capitol determined that Members and 
congressional staff using electric cars were receiving a 
subsidy, the Committee on House Administration would receive a 
plan from the Architect to recover those costs. If the 
Committee on House Administration did not act within 60 days, 
then the Architect would take appropriate steps to increase 
rates or fees to ensure there is no subsidy to the electric car 
drivers.

                       INTRODUCTION AND REFERRAL

    On April 6, 2011, Congressman Dale Kildee introduced H.R. 
1402, which was referred to the Committee on House 
Administration.

                                HEARINGS

    There were no legislative hearings held on H.R. 1402.

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On July 19, 2012, the Committee on House Administration met 
to consider H.R. 1402. The Committee ordered the bill reported 
favorably, with an amendment, to the House by voice vote, with 
a quorum present.

                         COMMITTEE RECORD VOTES

    In compliance with House Rule XIII, clause 3(b), requiring 
the results of each record vote on an amendment or motion to 
report, together with the names of those voting for and 
against, to be printed in the Committee report, the Committee 
states that there were no record votes during the Committee's 
consideration of H.R. 1402.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    In compliance with House Rule XIII, clause 3(c)(1), the 
Committee states that the findings and recommendations of the 
Committee, based on oversight activities under House Rule X, 
clause 2(b)(1), are incorporated into the general discussion 
section of this report.

            STATEMENT OF BUDGET AUTHORITY AND RELATED ITEMS

    The bill does not provide new budget authority, new 
spending authority, new credit authority, or an increase or 
decrease in revenues or tax expenditures and a statement under 
House Rule XIII, clause 3(c)(2), and section 308(a)(1) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 is not required.

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    In compliance with House Rule XIII, clause 3(c)(3), the 
Committee states, with respect to the bill, H.R. 1402, that the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office did not submit a 
cost estimate and comparison under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    In compliance with House Rule XIII, clause 3(c)(4), the 
Committee states that the general discussion section of this 
report includes a statement of the general performance goals 
and objectives, including outcome-related goals and objectives, 
for which H.R. 1402 authorizes funding.

                          ADVISORY ON EARMARKS

    In accordance with House Rule XXI, clause 9, the Committee 
states that H.R. 1402 does not contain any congressional 
earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as 
defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of Rule XXI.

                CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL

    In compliance with House Rule XIII, clause 3(e), the 
Committee states that H.R. 1402 does not make any changes to 
existing law.