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106th Congress                                                   Report
  1st Session           HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                106-400

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  IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT REGARDING 
                             BREAST CANCER

                                _______
                                

  October 19, 1999.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

                                _______


  Mr. Bliley, from the Committee on Commerce, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 278]

    The Committee on Commerce, to whom was referred the 
resolution (H. Res. 278) expressing the sense of the House of 
Representatives regarding the importance of education, early 
detection and treatment, and other efforts in the fight against 
breast cancer, having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon without amendment and recommend that the resolution be 
agreed to.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     1
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Committee Consideration..........................................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
Committee on Government Reform Oversight Findings................     2
New Budget Authority, Entitlement Authority, and Tax Expenditures     2
Committee Cost Estimate..........................................     3
Congressional Budget Office Estimate.............................     3
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     3
Applicability to Legislative Branch..............................     3
Section-by-Section Analysis of the Legislation...................     3
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     3

                          purpose and summary

    H. Res. 278 is a resolution expressing the sense of the 
House of Representatives regarding the importance of education, 
early detection and treatment, and other efforts in the fight 
against breast cancer.

                  background and need for legislation

    An estimated 175,000 Americans will be diagnosed with 
breast cancer in 1999 and almost 45,000 will die of the 
disease. It is the leading cause of cancer death among women 
between the ages of 40 and 55. Breast cancer can often be 
successfully treated if detected early. Self examinations, 
mammograms, and other preventative procedures are essential to 
detecting cancer in a timely manner.
    The resolution provides that it is the sense of the House 
of Representatives that all Americans should take an active 
role in the fight against breast cancer by using the above 
stated methods of detection. In addition, the resolution states 
that the Federal Government is responsible for raising 
awareness about the importance of early detection, continuing 
to fund research so that the causes of breast cancer can be 
discovered, and considering ways to improve access to health 
care services involving breast cancer.

                                hearings

    The Committee on Commerce has not held hearings on the 
legislation.

                        committee consideration

    On September 30, 1999, the Subcommittee on Health and 
Environment met in open markup session and approved H. Res. 278 
for Full Committee consideration, without amendment, by a voice 
vote. On October 13, 1999, the Full Committee met in open 
markup session and ordered H. Res. 278 reported to the House, 
without amendment, by a voice vote, a quorum being present.

                            committee votes

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House requires 
the Committee to list the record votes on the motion to report 
legislation and amendments thereto. There were no record votes 
taken in connection with ordering H. Res. 278 reported. A 
motion by Mr. Bliley to order H. Res. 278 reported to the 
House, without amendment, was agreed to by a voice vote, a 
quorum being present.

                      committee oversight findings

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee has not held oversight 
or legislative hearings on this legislation.

           committee on government reform oversight findings

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, no oversight findings have been 
submitted to the Committee by the Committee on Government 
Reform.

   new budget authority, entitlement authority, and tax expenditures

    In compliance with clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee finds that H. 
Res. 278, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of 
Representatives regarding the importance of education, early 
detection and treatment, and other efforts in the fight against 
breast cancer, would result in no new or increased budget 
authority, entitlement authority, or tax expenditures or 
revenues.

                        committee cost estimate

    The Committee finds that H. Res. 278 will result in no new 
costs to the Federal government.

                  congressional budget office estimate

    A cost estimate provided by the Congressional Budget Office 
pursuant to section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
was not timely submitted to the Committee.

                      advisory committee statement

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act were created by this 
legislation.

                  applicability to 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.

             section-by-section analysis of the legislation

    This resolution expresses the sense of the House of 
Representatives regarding the importance of education, early 
detection and treatment, and other efforts to fight against 
breast cancer.

         changes in existing law made by the bill, as reported

    This legislation does not amend any existing Federal 
statute.