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113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    113-234

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     EDWARD J. DEVITT UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE AND FEDERAL BUILDING

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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. 2251]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 2251) to designate the United 
States courthouse located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus 
Falls, Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States 
Courthouse'', having considered the same, reports favorably 
thereon with amendment and recommend that the bill as amended 
do pass.

                                CONTENTS

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

SECTION 1. DESIGNATION.

  The United States courthouse and Federal building located at 118 
South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, shall be known and 
designated as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and 
Federal Building''.

SEC. 2. REFERENCES.

  Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other 
record of the United States to the United States courthouse and Federal 
building referred to in section 1 shall be deemed to be a reference to 
the ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building''.

    The amendments are as follows: [Make sure to insert 
amendment instruction after merging in legis-body text.]
    Amend the title to read:
    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''.

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    H.R. 2251, as amended, would designate the United States 
courthouse located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse 
and Federal Building''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 2251, as amended, would designate the United States 
courthouse located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse 
and Federal Building''.
    Judge Devitt was born in 1911 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He 
received a B.S. and a law degree from the University of North 
Dakota. Early in his career he was in the private practice of 
law in East Grant Forks, Minnesota and served as Judge on the 
Minnesota Municipal Court. Judge Devitt also served as an 
Assistant Attorney General for Minnesota (1939-1942) and during 
World War II was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval 
Reserve (1942-1946). Judge Devitt later became a U.S. 
Representative from Minnesota and a probate judge in Ramsey 
County, Minnesota. In 1954, Judge Devitt was appointed by 
President Eisenhower to the U.S. District Court for the 
District of Minnesota. He served as the chief judge from 1959 
to 1981 and assumed senior status in 1981 until his death in 
1992.
    During Committee consideration of H.R. 2251, the bill was 
amended to add ``Federal Building'' to the designation to 
clarify the building is not exclusively utilized as a Federal 
Courthouse.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H.R. 2251.

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    On June 4, 2013, Representative Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) 
introduced H.R. 2251, a bill to designate the United States 
courthouse located at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, 
Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt United States 
Courthouse''.
    On July 18, 2013, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session. The Committee considered 
and adopted by voice vote an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute offered by Representative Barletta and ordered the 
bill, as amended, 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. 2251 or ordering the measure 
reported. An amendment in the nature of a substitute and a 
motion to order H.R. 2251, as amended, reported favorably to 
the House were 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. 2251, as amended, 
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 118 South 
Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. 
Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building''.

                          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. 2251, as amended, 
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. 2251, as amended, 
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. 2251, 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 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, AS AMENDED

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the United States courthouse located 
at 118 South Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the 
``Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal 
Building''.

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 and Federal building referred to in 
section 1 as a reference to the ``Edward J. Devitt United 
States Courthouse and Federal Building''.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 2251 makes no changes in existing law.