H. Rept. 113-401 - TO REDESIGNATE MAMMOTH PEAK IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AS ``MOUNT JESSIE BENTON FREMONT''113th Congress (2013-2014)
H. Rept. 113-401 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
April 04, 2014, As Reported by the Natural Resources Committee
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House Report 113-401 - TO REDESIGNATE MAMMOTH PEAK IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AS ``MOUNT JESSIE BENTON FREMONT'' [House Report 113-401] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office] 113th Congress Report HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2d Session 113-401 ====================================================================== TO REDESIGNATE MAMMOTH PEAK IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AS ``MOUNT JESSIE BENTON FREMONT'' _______ April 4, 2014.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed _______ Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted the following R E P O R T [To accompany H.R. 1192] [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office] The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 1192) to redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'', 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. 1192 is to redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont''. BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION H.R. 1192 would redesignate ``Mammoth Peak'' in Yosemite National Park as ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont''. The peak is located at the northern end of the Kuna Crest, close to California State Route 120. Born on May 31, 1824, Jessie Benton Fremont was the daughter of U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton who was a leading proponent of the nation's westward expansion. In 1941, she married John C. Fremont, an American military officer, explorer and later, politician. Jessie Benton Fremont was a gifted writer and used her skill to transform her husband's travel and exploration descriptions into popular narratives that were used by pioneers to guide their route west. In 1849, she traveled to California to join her husband at their Mariposa ranch, later returning to the East Coast to actively support her husband's unsuccessful 1856 presidential campaign. Mrs. Fremont returned to California in 1858, where she became more familiar with the Sierra Nevada and recognized a need to conserve certain areas. She, along with others including Thomas Starr King and Frederick Law Olmsted, sought support to federally protect Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This advocacy eventually led to the ``Yosemite Grant,'' President Abraham Lincoln's landmark legislation that set aside Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as a protected area. The Yosemite Grant eventually led to the establishment of Yosemite National Park on Oct 1, 1890. H.R. 1192 recognizes Benton Frmont's contribution to this accomplishment. Under the legislation, the National Park Service will continue to manage the proposed ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'' within Yosemite National Park. COMMITTEE ACTION H.R. 1192 was introduced on March 14, 2013, by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA). The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. On February 26, 2014, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. On March 13, 2014, the Natural Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged by unanimous consent. 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. 1192--A bill to redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont'' H.R. 1192 would rename Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park in California as Mount Jessie Benton Fremont. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1192 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1192 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. H.R. 1192 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. 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 implementing H.R. 1192 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. 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 redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as ``Mount Jessie Benton Fremont''. 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.