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111th Congress                                            Rept. 111-526
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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   NATIONAL GREAT BLACK AMERICANS COMMEMORATION ACT OF 2004 AMENDMENT

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 July 13, 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. 3967]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 3967) to amend the National Great Black 
Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations 
through fiscal year 2015, 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. 3967 is to amend the National Great 
Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize 
appropriations through fiscal year 2015.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    In 1983, Drs. Joanne and Elmer Martin founded a small, 
storefront museum in downtown Baltimore to inspire young people 
about the role of African Americans in United States history. 
The success of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum allowed 
them to expand their operation and eventually open up a 
considerably larger facility in one of Baltimore's most 
financially impoverished neighborhoods. Since that time, the 
museum has served as a focal point for business, helping to 
create a safe, interesting, and motivational tourist 
destination for both local residents and visitors from around 
the world.
    In the last decade, the museum has established a 
partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice and the 
Department's Office of Justice Programs. Through the creation 
of a Justice Learning Center, the museum has begun targeting 
young people with a variety of programs to help fight criminal 
activity in the area. Using innovative programs tied to the 
materials in the wax museum and effective outreach, the Justice 
Learning Center is proactive in fighting the fundamental causes 
of crime and providing a safe center for education and 
historical tourism.
    In 2004, Congress authorized the Department of Justice to 
fund the Justice Learning Center at the Great Blacks in Wax 
Museum as part of their Office of Justice Programs (P.L. 108-
238). The authorization expired in 2009 with no funds being 
appropriated for the Justice Learning Center. H.R. 3967 would 
amend P.L. 108-238 to authorize appropriations until 2015.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 3967 was introduced on October 29, 2009 by 
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The bill was referred to 
the Committee on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to 
the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. 
The bill was also referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 
On April 27, 2010, the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. 
Representative Cummings and museum founder Dr. Joanne Martin 
testified in favor of the legislation.
    On June 16, 2010, the Subcommittee on National Parks, 
Forests and Public Lands was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 3967 and the full Natural Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. Representative Chaffetz (R-
UT) offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to 
strike the funding authorization completely from the National 
Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004. The amendment 
was subsequently withdrawn. The bill was then 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 amend the National Great Black 
Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations 
through fiscal year 2015.
    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. 3967--A bill to amend the National Great Black Americans 
        Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through 
        fiscal year 2015

    Summary: H.R. 3967 would authorize the appropriation of $5 
million to the Department of Justice for grants to the Great 
Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland. Assuming 
appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 3967 would cost $5 million over the 2011-2015 
period. This legislation would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
    H.R. 3967 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) 
and would not affect the budgets of State, local, or tribal 
governments.
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimated 
budgetary impact of H.R. 3967 is shown in the following table. 
The costs of the bill fall within budget function 750 
(administration of justice).

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                                                               By fiscal year, in millions of dollars--
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                                                       2011      2012      2013      2014      2015    2011-2015
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                                  CHANGES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION

Estimated Authorization Level......................         1         1         1         1         1          5
Estimated Outlays..................................         1         1         1         1         1          5
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    Basis of estimate: For this estimate, CBO assumes that H.R. 
3967 will be enacted in 2010 and that the authorized amounts 
will be appropriated as needed beginning in 2011. Estimated 
outlays are based on historical spending rates for similar 
grant programs.
    H.R. 3967 would reauthorize the appropriation of $5 million 
for grants to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc., a nonprofit 
organization in Baltimore, Maryland. (The $5 million 
authorization for this program expired at the end of fiscal 
year 2009. No funds were ever appropriated under the original 
authorization.) The $5 million would be used to expand the 
museum and establish a learning center at the site.
    Pay-As-You-Go considerations: None.
    Intergovernmental and private-sector impact: H.R. 3967 
contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as 
defined in UMRA and would not affect the budgets of State, 
local, or tribal governments.
    Estimate prepared by: Federal spending: Alan Eder and 
Deborah Reis; Impact on State, local, and tribal governments: 
Melissa Merrell; Impact on the private sector: Amy Petz.
    Estimate 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. 3967 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 Made by the Bill, as Reported

  In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

NATIONAL GREAT BLACK AMERICANS COMMEMORATION ACT OF 2004

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SEC. 3. ASSISTANCE FOR NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM AND JUSTICE 
                    LEARNING CENTER.

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  (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to 
be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000, to remain 
available through the end of fiscal year [2009] 2015.