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                                                      Calendar No. 117
116th Congress      }                                  {    Report
 1st Session        }                                  {    116-62




                 July 23, 2019.--Ordered to be printed


   Mr. Barrasso, from the Committee on Environment and Public Works, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany S. 1014]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was 
referred the bill (S. 1014) to establish the Route 66 
Centennial Commission, and for other purposes, having 
considered the same, reports favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.


    U.S. Highway 66, better known as Route 66 or the Mother 
Road, provided a critical link between the Midwest and Southern 
California. Route 66 initially spanned 2,448 miles. It was 
designated, along with the other original U.S. highways, by the 
American Association of State Highway Officials and the Bureau 
of Public Roads in 1926. Route 66 will celebrate its centennial 
anniversary in 2026.
    S. 1014 establishes the Route 66 Centennial Commission 
(Commission) to study and make recommendations to Congress on 
how to best commemorate Route 66 on its 100th anniversary. The 
bill directs the Commission to: develop a list of, and carry 
out such activities as the Commission determines to be 
appropriate to honor Route 66 on the occasion of its centennial 
anniversary; provide advice and assistance to federal, state, 
and local governmental agencies and civic groups in carrying 
out activities to honor Route 66 on the occasion of its 
centennial anniversary; recommend activities that may be 
carried out by the federal government to honor Route 66 on the 
occasion of its centennial anniversary; and submit reports to 


    The objectives of S. 1014 are to honor and commemorate 
Route 66 on the occasion of its centennial anniversary by 
establishing the Route 66 Centennial Commission.

                      SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS

Section 1. Short title

    This section states that this Act may be cited as the 
``Route 66 Centennial Commission Act''.

Section 2. Findings

    This section makes Congressional findings regarding the 
historical significance of Route 66, and the need to establish 
a commission to study and recommend in a report to Congress 
activities that are fitting and proper to celebrate its 
centennial anniversary.

Section 3. Establishment

    This section establishes the Route 66 Centennial 

Section 4. Duties

    This section sets forth the duties of the Commission.

Section 5. Membership

    This section sets forth the membership of the Commission.

Section 6. Director and staff

    This section grants the Commission the authority to appoint 
and fix the pay of a director, and outlines the applicability 
of certain civil service laws to the director and staff.

Section 7. Powers

    This section sets forth the powers of the Commission.

Section 8. Reports

    This section sets forth reporting requirements of the 

Section 9. Termination

    This section states that the Commission shall terminate not 
later than June 30, 2027.

Section 10. Clarification regarding funding

    This section clarifies that no additional funds are 
authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. This 
section also clarifies the use of existing funds to carry out 
this Act.

                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    On April 4, 2019, Senator Duckworth introduced S. 1014, the 
Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, with Senator Inhofe as an 
original cosponsor. The bill was read twice and referred to the 
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Committee 
met on June 19, 2019, and ordered S. 1014 favorably reported by 
voice vote.


    No legislative hearings were held by the Committee on 
Environment and Public Works to consider S. 1014.

                             ROLLCALL VOTES

    On June 19, 2019, the Committee on Environment and Public 
Works met to consider S. 1014. The bill was ordered favorably 
reported by voice vote. No roll call votes were taken.


    In compliance with section 11(b) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee finds that S. 1014 
does not create any additional regulatory burdens, nor will it 
cause any adverse impact on the personal privacy of 

                          MANDATES ASSESSMENT

    In compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 
(Public Law 104-4), the Committee notes that the Congressional 
Budget Office found that S. 1014 contains no intergovernmental 
or private-sector mandates.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Section 403 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment 
Control Act requires that a statement of the cost of the 
reported bill, prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, be 
included in the report. That statement follows:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, July 10, 2019.
Hon. John Barrasso,
Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works,
U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for S. 1014, the Route 66 
Centennial Commission Act.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
                                         Phillip L. Swagel,


    S. 1014 would establish a commission to study activities 
commemorating the centennial of U.S. Route 66. The commission 
would consist of 15 members, who would serve without pay but 
would be reimbursed for travel expenses. The bill would 
authorize the commission to hold hearings, hire staff, and 
collect information from federal agencies. The commission would 
submit a final report to the Congress within five years and 
would terminate by June 30, 2027. Under the bill, the 
commission could retain and spend gifts.
    The bill would not authorize the appropriation of 
additional funds to carry out those activities. Instead, S. 
1014 would direct the Department of Transportation (DOT) to 
identify unneeded funds from an existing appropriation for that 
    To support the commission, CBO expects that DOT would 
identify funds that have been appropriated but not otherwise 
spent. Based on the cost of similar commissions and reports to 
the Congress, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would 
increase direct spending by $7 million over the 2020-2029 
period, mostly to pay for staff to support the commission.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew 
Pickford. The estimate was reviewed by H. Samuel Papenfuss, 
Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    Section 12 of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate 
requires the committee to publish changes in existing law made 
by the bill as reported. Passage of this bill will make no 
changes to existing law.