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[House Report 111-435]
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111th Congress  }                                           {    Report
  2d Session    }        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES           {   111-435                                                     
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            DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS NATIONAL MEMORIAL ACT 

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 March 11, 2010.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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  Mr. Rahall, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted the 
                               following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 2788]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 2788) to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross 
National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, 
California, 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. 2788 is to designate a Distinguished 
Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in 
Riverside, California.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The March Field Air Museum has begun work on a memorial in 
Riverside, California, to recipients of the Air Force's 
Distinguished Flying Cross, a medal awarded to members of the 
U.S. armed services who have demonstrated ``heroism or 
extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial 
flight.'' H.R. 2788 would designate this memorial as the 
Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial.
    H.R. 2788 specifies that the memorial would not become a 
unit of the National Park System, and states that the 
designation as a national memorial ``shall not be construed to 
require or permit federal funds'' to be spent on the memorial.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 2788 was introduced by Representative Ken Calvert (R-
CA) on June 10, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee 
on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. At a January 21, 
2009, hearing, a representative of the Department of the 
Interior testified that as the site of the memorial is not 
under that agency's jurisdiction, Interior would defer to the 
Department of Defense for a position on H.R. 2788.
    On February 24, 2010, the Subcommittee was discharged from 
further consideration of H.R. 2788 and the full Natural 
Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The bill was 
ordered favorably reported to the House of Representatives by 
voice vote.

            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 Natural 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 designate a Distinguished Flying 
Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in 
Riverside, California.
    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 
Office:

H.R. 2788--Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act

    H.R. 2788 would designate a memorial to members of the 
Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves in flight. The 
memorial, which would be located at the March Field Air Museum 
in Riverside, California, would not be a unit of the National 
Park System.
    Based on information provided by the National Park Service, 
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2788 would have no effect 
on discretionary spending because the proposed memorial would 
not be constructed or operated with federal funds. Enacting the 
legislation would not affect revenues or direct spending; 
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
    H.R. 2788 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis. 
The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    H.R. 2788 does not contain any congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in 
clause 9 of rule XXI.

                PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.