H. Rept. 113-232 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
September 27, 2013, As Reported by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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House Report 113-232 - PAUL BROWN UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE




[House Report 113-232]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    113-232

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                  PAUL BROWN UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

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 September 27, 2013.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 185]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 185) to designate the United States 
courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, 
as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse'', having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment 
and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

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

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    H.R. 185 would designate the United States courthouse 
located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the 
``Paul Brown United States Courthouse''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 185 would designate the United States courthouse 
located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the 
``Paul Brown United States Courthouse''.
    Judge Paul Brown (1926-2012) was born in Denison, Texas on 
Oct. 4, 1926. During World War II, he enlisted in the United 
States Navy. Upon receiving an honorable discharge in 1946 he 
returned to the University of Texas. He received his J.D. in 
1950 from the University of Texas School of Law.
    In 1950, Judge Brown entered law practice in Sherman, 
Texas. In 1953, he received an appointment as an Assistant 
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. In 
1959, Judge Brown was nominated by President Eisenhower to 
serve as United States Attorney in Tyler, Texas where he served 
until 1961. In 1985 he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan 
to serve as District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. 
In 2001, he became a senior judge until his death in 2012.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H.R. 185.

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    On January 4, 2013, Representative Ralph M. Hall (R-TX) 
introduced H.R. 185, a bill to designate the United States 
courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, 
as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse''.
    On July 18, 2013, 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.

                            COMMITTEE 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 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. 185 or ordering the measure 
reported. A motion to order H.R. 185 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.

               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. 185 from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, July 23, 2013.
Hon. Bill Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed the following legislation ordered reported by the 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on July 
18, 2013:
          H.R. 185, a bill to designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, 
        Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse'';
          H.R. 579, a bill to designate the United States 
        courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, 
        Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States 
        Courthouse''; and
          H.R. 2251, a bill to designate the United States 
        courthouse and federal building located at 118 South 
        Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the 
        ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal 
        Building.''
    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; therefore, pay-
as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    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 contacts are Maggie 
Morrissey and Matthew Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                      Douglas W. Elmendorf,
                                                          Director.

                    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 
designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East 
Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United 
States Courthouse''.

                          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.

                    DUPLICATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

    Pursuant to section 3(j) of H. Res. 5, 113th Cong. (2013), 
the Committee finds that no provision of H.R. 185 establishes 
or reauthorizes a program of the Federal government known to be 
duplicative of another Federal program, a program that was 
included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-
139, or a program related to a program identified in the most 
recent Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

                  DISCLOSURE OF DIRECTED RULE MAKINGS

    Pursuant to section 3(k) of H. Res. 5, 113th Cong. (2013), 
the Committee estimates that enacting H.R. 185 does not 
specifically direct the completion of any specific rule makings 
within the meaning of section 551 of title 5, United States 
Code.

                       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 (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. 185 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 (Public Law 
104-1).

               SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF LEGISLATION

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the United States courthouse located 
at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown 
United States Courthouse''.

Section 2. References

    Section 2 deems any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
document, paper, or other record of the United States to the 
United States courthouse referred to in section 1 as a 
reference to the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse''.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 185 makes no changes in existing law.