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108th Congress Rept. 108-492
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session Part 1
NATIONAL WAR PERMANENT TRIBUTE HISTORICAL DATABASE ACT
May 17, 2004.--Ordered to be printed
Mr. Pombo, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 2201]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 2201) to authorize the establishment of a national
database for purposes of identifying, locating, and cataloging
the many memorials and permanent tributes to America's
veterans, 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. 2201 is to authorize the establishment
of a national database for purposes of identifying, locating,
and cataloging the many memorials and permanent tributes to
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
Title III of Public Law 105-511 contained a Sense of the
Congress resolution (H. Con. Res. 345) regarding the need for
cataloging and maintaining public memorials commemorating
military conflicts of the United States and the service of
individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces. Also contained in Public
Law 105-511 was language citing Remembering Veterans Who Earned
Their Stripes (RVETS), a nonprofit disabled veterans
organization that had undertaken a self- funded program to
catalogue the memorials located in the United States that
commemorate military conflicts of the United States and the
service of individuals in the Armed Forces. To date, RVETS has
catalogued over 8,500 memorials in 50 States. The Resolution
recommended that the Secretary of the Interior collect and
maintain information on public memorials that commemorate
military conflicts of the United States, coordinate efforts at
collecting and maintaining the information with similar efforts
by other entities, such as RVETS, and make the information
available to the public.
H.R. 2201 represents the continuation of the Sense of
Congress resolution. It directs the Secretary of the Interior
to establish, maintain, and make available to the public
through the Internet the National War Permanent Tribute
Historical Database that would be comprised of existing
Department information as well as that collected and maintained
by States and their political subdivisions, tribal governments,
public or private educational institutions, nonprofit
organizations, and individuals or other entities that the
Secretary considers appropriate.
H.R. 2201 was introduced by Congressman Mark Udall (D-CO)
on May 21, 2003.\1\ The bill was referred primarily to the
Committee on Resources and additionally to the Committee on
Veterans' Affairs. With the Committee on Resources, the bill
was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation
and Public Lands. On April 22, 2004, the Subcommittee on
National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands met to mark up the
bill. No amendments were offered and the bill was forwarded to
the Full Resources Committee by unanimous consent. On May 5,
2004, the Full Committee on Resources met to consider the bill.
No amendments were offered and the bill was ordered favorably
reported to the House of Representatives by voice vote.
\1\ During the 107th Congress, similar legislation, H.R. 2748, was
reported by the Resources Committee. H.R. 2201 includes those
amendments agreed upon during the 107th Congress.
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 Resources' oversight findings and recommendations
are reflected in the body of this report.
CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT
Article I, section 8, of the Constitution of the United
States grants Congress the authority to enact this bill.
COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII
1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) 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)(3)(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.
2. 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.
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 authorize the establishment of a
national database for purposes of identifying, locating, and
cataloging the many memorials and permanent tributes to
4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. 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
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, May 11, 2004.
Hon. Richard W. Pombo,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 2201, the National
War Permanent Tribute Historical Database Act.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
(For Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director).
H.R. 2201--National War Permanent Tribute Historical Database Act
H.R. 2201 would authorize the Department of the Interior to
establish and maintain a database of public memorials to
military conflicts. The department would be authorized to enter
into contracts and cooperative agreements to obtain information
and services to develop the database, which would make
information about the location and history of permanent
memorials available to the public. Within three years of the
legislation's enactment, the department would report to the
Congress on the feasibility of establishing a federal fund to
repair, restore, or maintain the memorials that are listed in
Based on information provided by the National Park Service
(NPS) and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO
estimates that it would cost around $1.6 million over the next
year or two to establish the memorial database. This amount
would be used to design and develop the database. We estimate
that additional costs to maintain the database would be less
than $500,000 annually beginning in 2006, also assuming
appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting H.R. 2201
would not affect direct spending or receipts.
This bill 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 Deborah Reis.
This estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4
This bill contains no unfunded mandates.
PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW
This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW
If enacted, this bill would make no changes to existing
House of Representatives,
Committee on Resources,
Washington, DC, May 12, 2004.
Hon. Christopher Smith,
Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs,
Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: I request your assistance in expending
the consideration of H.R. 2201, the National War Permanent
Tribute Historical Database Act, authored by Congressman Mark
Udall. Mr. Udall introduced the bill on May 21, 2003, when it
was referred to the Committee on Resources and additionally to
the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The bill is identical to
one favorably reported by the Committee on Resources during the
107th Congress, H.R. 2748. The Committee on Resources ordered
H.R. 2201 favorably reported without amendment on May 5, 2004,
by unanimous consent. I have forwarded a copy of our draft bill
report to your staff for review.
Because of the limited number of days remaining in the
108th Congress and the rapid approach of Memorial Day, I ask
you not to insist on your additional referral of the bill and
allow the Committee on Veterans' Affairs to be discharged so
that H.R. 2201 can be voted on before adjournment. Of course,
by agreeing to this request, you are not waiving jurisdiction
over the bill, nor is this action to be construed as a
precedent for other, similar legislation. In addition, I would
support a request form the Committee on Veterans' Affairs to be
represented on any conference on H.R. 2201 or a companion
Senate bill, should one become necessary. Finally, I would
include this letter and any response you might have in the
Committee on Resources bill report on H.R. 2201.
Thank you for your consideration of my request. I
appreciate our continued excellent working relationship on
issues of mutual concern this Congress, and especially the work
of Kingston Smith of your staff. I look forward to working with
you both to see H.R. 2201 enacted soon.
Richard W. Pombo,
House of Representatives,
Committee on Veterans' Affairs,
Washington, DC, May 13, 2004.
Hon. Richard W. Pombo,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: Thank you for your letter of May 12,
2004, regarding H.R. 2201, the National War Permanent Tribute
Historical Database Act. I wish to inform the Committee on
Resources that the Committee on Veterans' Affairs does not
desire an additional referral of H.R. 2201 and agrees to be
discharged from consideration of the bill. I would appreciate
the inclusion of this letter in the bill report along with your
Your cooperative approach in the consideration of
legislation of mutual interest to our committees is exemplary,
and I particularly commend Lisa Pittman of your staff for her
attention to this matter.
Christopher H. Smith,