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107th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     107-10

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EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGAN, 
  TISSUE, BONE MARROW, AND BLOOD DONATION AND SUPPORTING NATIONAL DONOR 
  DAY

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   March 6, 2001.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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 Mr. Tauzin, from the Committee on Energy and Commerce, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                     [To accompany H. Con. Res. 31]

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to whom was referred 
the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 31) expressing the 
sense of the Congress regarding the importance of organ, 
tissue, bone marrow, and blood donation and supporting National 
Donor Day, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
without amendment and recommend that the concurrent 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
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............     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. Con. Res. 31 is a resolution expressing the sense of the 
House of Representatives regarding the importance of organ, 
tissue, bone marrow, and blood donation, and bringing greater 
public attention to these matters through National Donor Day.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Despite the many medical advances in the field of organ 
donation, and the charity and sacrifice of ordinary Americans 
who donate their organs to help others in need, more than 15 
people per day die because of a shortage of donor organs. 
Studies indicate that 70,000 individuals await organ 
transplants at any given moment.
    Soft tissues are also in great demand. An estimated 32,000 
units of blood are used in the US every day. While as many as 
95 percent of Americans are going to need a blood transfusion 
sometime in their lives, only 5 percent of Americans donate 
blood.
    It is estimated that the past three designated ``National 
Donor Days'' raised nearly 25,000 units of blood, added over 
4,000 potential donors to the National Marrow Donor Program 
Registry, and distributed tens of thousands of organ and tissue 
pledge cards.

                                HEARINGS

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

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On February 28, 2001, the Full Committee met in open markup 
session and ordered H. Con. Res. 31 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. Con. Res. 31 reported. A 
motion by Mr. Tauzin to order H. Con. Res. 31 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.

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    This legislation will improve the rate of organ donations 
by providing increased awareness for the need for donations.

   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. 
Con. Res. 31, a resolution expressing the sense of the House of 
Representatives regarding the importance of organ, tissue, bone 
marrow, and blood donation, and bringing greater public 
attention to these matters through National Donor Day, would 
result in no new or increased budget authority, entitlement 
authority, or tax expenditures or revenues.

                        COMMITTEE COST ESTIMATE

    The Committee finds that H. Con. Res. 31 will result in no 
new costs to the Federal government.

                  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATE

    The Congressional Budget Office does not customarily 
estimate costs of resolutions.

                      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 organ, tissue, bone 
marrow, and blood donation, and bringing greater public 
attention to these matters through National Donor Day.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    This legislation does not amend any existing Federal 
statute.