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111th Congress                                            Rept. 111-460
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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 COMMENDING THE AMERICAN SAIL TRAINING ASSOCIATION FOR ITS ADVANCEMENT 
      OF CHARACTER BUILDING UNDER SAIL AND FOR ITS ADVANCEMENT OF 
                        INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL

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   April 13, 2010.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 197]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the resolution (H. Res. 197) to commend the 
American Sail Training Association for its advancement of 
character building under sail and for its advancement of 
international good will, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the 
resolution be agreed to.
    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the resolving clause and insert the 
following:

That the House of Representatives--
    (1) commends the American Sail Training Association for its 
advancement of character building experiences for youth at sea in 
traditionally rigged sailing vessels and its advancement of the finest 
traditions of the sea; and
    (2) commends the American Sail Training Association as the national 
sail training association of the United States, representing the sail 
training community of the United States in the international forum.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H. Res. 197, as amended, commends the American Sail 
Training Association for its work to advance character building 
under sail and for its advancement of international good will.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    In 1972, Barclay Warburton III and his family sailed to 
England and competed in a tall ships race aboard their 
brigantine, Black Pearl. Mr. Warburton was moved by the 
enthusiasm and spirit he saw in the young people who 
participated in that race and he set out to create an 
organization to provide similar experiences in the United 
States. The result of Mr. Warburton's effort was the founding 
of the American Sail Training Association (ASTA) in 1973.
    Today, ASTA is an internationally respected nonprofit 
corporation with a mission to encourage character building 
through sail training on board, under sail, and across the sea. 
To carry out its mission, ASTA provides character building 
experiences aboard traditionally rigged sail training vessels. 
It also operates a scholarship program. ASTA also organizes and 
participates in tall ship races and maritime festivals 
involving vessels, trainees and crews from all coasts of the 
United States and from around the world.
    Additionally, ASTA collaborates extensively with the United 
States Coast Guard and with the USCG Eagle and publishes ``Sail 
Tall Ships,'' a periodic directory of sail training 
opportunities.
    In 2009, ASTA, a founding member of Sail Training 
International (STI), collaborated with STI and port partners 
around the Atlantic Ocean to create the Tall Ships Atlantic 
Challenge 2009--a 7,000-mile trip over the traditional routes 
around the Atlantic that were followed by ships during the age 
of sail.
    This resolution commends the good work done by ASTA and 
organizations like ASTA that endeavor to educate our young 
people through innovation and by offering exciting and unique 
experiences.
    It also commends ASTA as the national sail training 
association of the United States, representing the sail 
training community of the United States in international 
forums.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

    H. Res. 197, as amended, acknowledges ASTA's mission to 
encourage character building, promote sail training to the 
North American public, and to support education on board 
traditionally rigged sailing vessels. In addition, H. Res. 197, 
as amended, recognizes that ASTA carries out its mission by 
providing educational experiences aboard traditionally rigged 
sail training vessels, supporting more than 200 training 
vessels and 30 annual sail training conferences throughout the 
United States and Canada, providing grants and scholarships, 
and participating in tall ship races and maritime festivals 
around the world.
    H. Res. 197, as amended, also recognizes that ASTA has 
promoted its goals through: collaboration with the United 
States Coast Guard and the USCG Eagle; publication of ``Sail 
Tall Ships''; support for the Sailing Schools Vessel Act of 
1982; representation of the United States as the national sail 
training organization and a founding member of STI; and 
collaboration with STI and port partners around the Atlantic 
Ocean to organize Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009, a 7,000-
mile trip around the Atlantic.
    H. Res. 197, as amended, commends ASTA for its advancement 
of character building experiences for youth at sea in 
traditionally rigged sailing vessels and its advancement of the 
finest traditions of the sea, and commends ASTA as the national 
sail training association of the United States, representing 
the sail training community of the United States in the 
international forum.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    In the 110th Congress, on September 18, 2008, 
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy introduced H. Res. 1469. No 
further action was taken on the resolution.
    In the 111th Congress, on February 26, 2009, Representative 
Patrick J. Kennedy introduced H. Res. 197. On January 27, 2010, 
the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open 
session to consider H. Res. 197. The Committee adopted an 
amendment to the resolution by voice vote. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure ordered H. Res. 197, as 
amended, reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a 
quorum present.

                              RECORD VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each record 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 recorded votes taken in connection 
with consideration of H. Res. 197, or ordering the resolution, 
as amended, reported. A motion to order H. Res. 197, as 
amended, reported favorably to the House was agreed to by voice 
vote with a quorum present.

                      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

    With respect to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, H. Res. 197, as amended, is a 
resolution of the House of Representatives, and therefore does 
not have the force of law. As such, there is no cost associated 
with this resolution for fiscal year 2010, or any fiscal year 
thereafter.

                    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 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no comparison of the total estimated 
funding level for the relevant programs to the appropriate 
level under current law is required.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no statement of general performance and 
objectives for any measure that authorizes funding is required.
    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 advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no cost estimate nor comparison for any 
measure that authorizes funding is required.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee is required to include a list 
of congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited 
tariff benefits, as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of 
rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. H. Res. 
197, as amended, does not contain any earmarks, limited tax 
benefits, or limited tariff benefits under clause 9(e), 9(f), 
or 9(g) of rule XXI.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, H. Res. 197, as amended, is a 
resolution of the House of Representatives, and therefore does 
not have the force of law. As such, clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII 
does not apply.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    H. Res. 197, as amended, contains no Federal mandates.

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    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. Res. 197, as 
amended, 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 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the resolution 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 (P.L. 104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H. Res. 197, as amended, makes no changes in existing law.