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113th Congress                                            Rept. 113-329
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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 TO AUTHORIZE THE PEACE CORPS COMMEMORATIVE FOUNDATION TO ESTABLISH A 
 COMMEMORATIVE WORK IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ITS ENVIRONS, AND 
                           FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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   January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014.--Committed to the 
 Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union 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. 915]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 915) to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative 
Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of 
Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes, 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. 915 is to authorize the Peace Corps 
Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in 
the District of Columbia and its environs.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960 and 
since that time, nearly 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have 
served in 139 host countries to train local people in 
technologies and skills such as agricultural production and 
water quality improvement.
    H.R. 915 authorizes the Peace Corps Commemorative 
Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in 
the District of Columbia and its environs to commemorate the 
formation of the Peace Corps and the ideals of world peace and 
friendship upon which the Peace Corps was founded. The project 
must be planned and constructed with non-federal funds and 
executed consistently with the Commemorative Works Act (CWA). 
Accordingly, the work is not eligible for placement in the 
Reserve as defined by the CWA. This legislation would not have 
been approved by the Committee without this clear inclusion of 
language affirming the moratorium on new memorials within the 
Reserve.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 915 was introduced on February 28, 2013, by 
Congressman Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA). The bill was referred 
to the Committee on Natural Resources, and within the Committee 
to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental 
Regulation. In addition, the bill was referred to the Committee 
on the Budget. On November 21, 2013, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on the bill. On December 4, 2013, the Natural Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on Public 
Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged by unanimous 
consent. No amendments were offered, and the bill was adopted 
and ordered favorably reported 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:

H.R. 915--A bill to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation 
        to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia 
        and its environs, and for other purposes

    H.R. 915 would authorize a nonprofit organization to 
establish a commemorative work on federal lands in the District 
of Columbia. Enacting the legislation would affect direct 
spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, 
CBO estimates that the net effect on the budget would not be 
significant in any year. Enacting H.R. 915 would not affect 
revenues.
    The legislation would authorize the Peace Corps 
Commemorative Foundation to establish a memorial to honor the 
Peace Corps. The memorial project, which would be completed 
without the use of federal funds, would be subject to the 
requirements of the Commemorative Works Act. Under that act, 
any entity that receives a permit to construct a memorial in 
the District of Columbia or its environs must donate to the 
National Park Foundation (a nonprofit organization) an amount 
equal to 10 percent of the memorial's estimated construction 
cost. That amount, as well as any project funds remaining after 
construction of the memorial, would be available in future 
years for maintenance of the memorial.
    Based on the experience of similar commemorative projects, 
CBO expects that any amounts collected by the federal 
government would not be received for several years and would be 
offset by a transfer to the National Park Foundation (a 
nonfederal entity) soon thereafter.
    H.R. 915 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.
    On December 9, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 
230, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural 
Resources on December 4, 2013. The two pieces of legislation 
are similar, and the CBO cost estimates are the same.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Martin von 
Gnechten. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy 
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
    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 
the net effect on the budget would not be significant in any 
year.
    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 authorize the Peace Corps 
Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in 
the District of Columbia and its environs.

                           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.

                       COMPLIANCE WITH H. RES. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                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.