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108th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     108-440
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        AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ABOUT HEART DISEASE AMONG WOMEN

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 March 18, 2004.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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    Mr. Barton of Texas, from the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 522]

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to whom was referred 
the resolution (H. Res. 522) expressing the sense of the House 
of Representatives that there is a critical need to increase 
awareness and education about heart disease and he risk factors 
of heart disease among women, having considered the same, 
report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that 
the resolution do pass.

                                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..........................................     2
Congressional Budget Office Estimate.............................     3
Federal Mandates Statement.......................................     3
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     3
Constitutional Authority 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. 522 expresses the sense of the House of 
Representatives that there is a critical need to increase 
awareness and education about heart disease and the risk 
factors of heart disease among women.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of both 
men and women in America. According to the American Heart 
Association, every minute a female dies as a result of 
cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, a survey conducted by 
the American Heart Association indicates that only 13 percent 
of women consider heart disease their greatest health threat. 
H. Res. 522 expresses the sense of the House of Representatives 
that there is a critical need to increase awareness and 
education about heart disease and the risk factors of heart 
disease among women.

                                HEARINGS

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

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On March 3, 2004, the Full Committee met in open markup 
session and approved H. Res. 522, without amendment, by a voice 
vote, a quorum being present.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives 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. 522 reported. Amotion by Mr. Barton to order H. Res. 522 
reported to the House, without amendment, was agreed to by a voice 
vote.

                      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

    H. Res. 522 expresses the sense of the House of 
Representatives that there is a critical need to increase 
awareness and education about heart disease and the risk 
factors of heart disease among women.

   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. 522 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. 522 would result in no new 
costs to the Federal Government.

  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATE AND FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Congressional Budget Office estimate required pursuant 
to clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974, and the estimate of Federal mandates required pursuant to 
section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act were requested 
from the Congressional Budget Office, but were not prepared as 
of the date of filing of this report.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

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

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee finds that the 
Constitutional authority for this legislation is provided in 
Article I, section 8, clause 3, which grants Congress the power 
to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the several 
States, and with the Indian tribes.

                  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

    H. Res. 522 expresses the sense of the House of 
Representatives that there is a critical need to increase 
awareness and education about heart disease and the risk 
factors of heart disease among women. The resolution commends 
First Lady Laura Bush and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood 
Institute for their recent public awareness campaigns to 
educate Americans about heart disease. The resolution states 
that the House of Representatives believes that heart disease 
will remain the number one killer of American women unless 
dramatic improvements are made to educate, prevent, and treat 
the disease. Finally, the resolution recognizes that the more 
women become cognizant of the scourge of heart disease and how 
to prevent it, the more likely they can make sound lifestyle 
changes to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    This legislation does not amend any existing Federal 
statute.