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108th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2d Session 108-596
JOE SKEEN FEDERAL BUILDING
July 12, 2004.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be
Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure, submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 3734]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom
was referred the bill (H.R. 3734) to designate the Federal
building located at Fifth and Richardson Avenues in Roswell,
New Mexico, as the ``Joe Skeen Federal Building'', having
considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment
and recommend that the bill do pass.
PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION
The purpose of H.R. 3734 is to provide for the designation
of the Federal building located at Fifth and Richardson Avenues
in Roswell, New Mexico, as the ``Joe Skeen Federal Building''.
BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION
Congressman Skeen was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He
served in the United States Navy for a one-year enlistment and
later in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1949 until
1952. Congressman Skeen graduated from Texas A&M; University
with his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Engineering
After graduation he worked as a soil and water engineer for
the Zuni and Ramah Navajo Indians. After purchasing the family
sheep ranch, Joe Skeen worked on the boards of the New Mexico
Cattle Growers Association and the New Mexico Wool Growers
Association; he was also President of the Lincoln County Farm
He was first elected to public office in 1960 when he
served in the New Mexico State Senate until 1970. For the last
six years of his time in the State Senate he served as Minority
Leader. He also served as Chairman of the New Mexico Republican
Party from 1963 to 1965 and as a delegate to the 1964
Republican National Convention.
In 1980, Congressman Skeen was elected to serve New
Mexico's 2nd district in the United States House of
Representatives. He was first elected as a write-in candidate
and served for 11 succeeding Congresses. He served as Chairman
of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture enhancing the
agriculture viability in New Mexico and as Chairman of the
Subcommittee on Interior dealing with natural resources and
public land use.
While serving in the House, Congressman Skeen was known for
his commitment to property rights, balancing the federal budget
and increased tax relief. He passed away in December of 2003
from complications of Parkinson's disease.
SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION
Section 1. Designation
This section designates the Federal building located at
Fifth and Richardson Avenues in Roswell, New Mexico, as the
``Joe Skeen Federal Building''.
Section 2. References
This section clarifies that any reference in a law, map,
regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United
States to the building located at Fifth and Richardson Avenues
in Roswell, New Mexico be deemed a reference to the ``Joe Skeen
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION
H.R. 3734 was introduced by Representative Heather Wilson
(R-NM) on January 27, 2004. The legislation is identical to
H.R. 5427 from the 107th Congress, which was reported by the
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee but never adopted
by the Full House.
On May 12, 2004, the Full Committee met in open session and
discharged the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public
Buildings and Emergency Management from further consideration.
The Full Committee then considered H.R. 3734. A motion by Mr.
LaTourette, to order H.R. 3734 favorably reported to the House
was agreed to by the Full Committee unanimously, by voice vote,
with a quorum present. There were no recorded votes taken
during Committee consideration of H.R. 3734.
Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives
requires each committee report to include the total number of
votes cast for and against on each roll call vote on a motion
to report and on any amendment offered to the measure or
matter, and the names of those members voting for and against.
There were no roll call votes taken in conjunction with
ordering H.R. 3734 favorably reported to the House.
COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are
reflected in this report.
COST OF LEGISLATION
Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is
included in this report.
COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII
1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee
references the report of the Congressional Budget Office
2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, no
statement of performance goals and objectives are required for
3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the
Committee has received the following cost estimate for H.R.
3734 from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, May 13, 2004.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed the following legislation as ordered reported by the
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on May 12,
H.R. 3428, a bill to designate a portion of
the United States courthouse located at 2100 Jamieson
Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, as the ``Justin W.
Williams United States Attorney's Building'';
H.R. 3734, a bill to designate the federal
building located at Fifth and Richardson Avenues in
Roswell, New Mexico, as the ``Joe Skeen Federal
H.R. 3742, a bill to designate the United
States courthouse and post office building located at
93 Atocha Street in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as the ``Luis
A. Ferre United States Courthouse and Post Office
H.R. 3884, a bill to designate the federal
building and United States courthouse located at 615
East Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas, as the
``Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and United States
CBO estimates that enactment of these bills would have no
significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect
direct spending or revenues. These bills contain 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.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew
Elizabeth M. Robinson
(For Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director).
CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT
Pursuant to clause (3)(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of
the House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or
joint resolution of a public character shall include a
statement citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in
the Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.
FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT
The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of federal
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform
Act. (Public Law 104-4).
Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local or
tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 3734 does not
preempt any state, local, or tribal law.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT
No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b)
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this
APPLICABILITY TO THE 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. (Public Law
CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED
H.R. 3734 makes no changes in existing law.