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114th Congress   }                                        {     Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session      }                                        {    114-434

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KENNESAW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 
                                  2015

                                _______
                                

 February 24, 2016.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3371]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 3371) to adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw 
Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House 
and Harriston Hill, 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. 3371 is to adjust the boundary of the 
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the 
Wallis House and Harriston Hill.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield in Georgia was set aside for 
preservation and protection in 1917 to commemorate a Civil War 
battle that proved to be a major turning point for the Union 
Army and the eventual fall of Atlanta. In 1935, the National 
Park Service (NPS) was directed to manage the park site as ``an 
important cultural property dedicated to public inspiration and 
interpretation of the significant historic events that occurred 
here.''
    H.R. 3371 expands the boundary of the Battlefield and 
authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire 
approximately eight acres of land by donation or exchange as 
part of the Park. The expanded area is associated with the 
historic Wallis House and Harriston Hill. Wallis House is one 
of the few remaining structures associated with the battle, 
while Harriston Hill was strategically significant as the Union 
signal station. Cobb County is the current owner of the eight 
acres of property and expressed a desire to donate the land to 
NPS once the Park is authorized to receive it. H.R. 3371 will 
allow such a transaction to occur.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 3371 was introduced on July 29, 2015, by Congressman 
Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on Federal Lands. On February 2, 2016, the Natural 
Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee 
was discharged by unanimous consent. No amendments were 
offered, and the bill was ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by unanimous consent on February 3, 
2016.

            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. 3371--Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary 
        Adjustment Act of 2015

    H.R. 3371 would adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw 
Mountain National Battlefield Park in the state of Georgia. The 
bill would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire 
about 8 acres of land, including the Wallis House and Harriston 
Hill, by donation or exchange. Based on information provided by 
the NPS, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3371 would cost 
$2 million over the 2017-2021 period to develop and operate the 
new property.
    Because enacting H.R. 3371 would not affect direct spending 
or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply. CBO 
estimates that enacting H.R. 3371 would not increase net direct 
spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 
10-year periods beginning in 2027.
    H.R. 3371 contains 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.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Marin Burnett. 
The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, 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. The Congressional 
Budget Office estimates that implementing the bill would cost 
$2 million over the 2017-2021 time period, subject to 
appropriation.
    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 adjust the boundary of the 
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the 
Wallis House and Harriston Hill.

                           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.

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