Report text available as:

  • TXT
  • PDF   (PDF provides a complete and accurate display of this text.) Tip ?

114th Congress   }                                       {       Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session     }                                       {      114-137

======================================================================



 
                    J. WATIES WARING JUDICIAL CENTER

                                _______
                                

June 4, 2015.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 2131]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 2131) to designate the Federal 
building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting 
Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring 
Judicial Center'', having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose of Legislation...........................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Legislative History and Consideration............................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     3
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     3
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     3
Advisory of Earmarks.............................................     3
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................     4
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................     4
Federal Mandate Statement........................................     4
Preemption Clarification.........................................     4
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     4
Applicability of Legislative Branch..............................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation.......................     4
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     5

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    H.R. 2131 designates the Federal building and United States 
courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South 
Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial Center''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 2131 would designate the Federal building and United 
States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, 
South Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial Center''.
    Julius Waties Waring was appointed to the United States 
District Court for the Eastern District of South Carolina by 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. He served as chief 
judge from 1948 to 1952 and assumed senior status in 1952.
    Earlier in his career, Judge Waring served as assistant 
U.S. attorney for South Carolina's Eastern district, was in the 
private practice of law, and served as corporation counsel for 
Charleston, South Carolina.
    During his tenure on the bench, Judge Waring's opinions had 
a significant impact on advancing civil rights. For example, in 
the case of Duvall v. School Board, he ruled that equal pay 
must be guaranteed for equally qualified school teachers, 
regardless of their race, and in Elmore v. Rice, Judge Waring 
struck down South Carolina's whites-only Democratic primary.
    His dissent in Briggs v. Elliott, stating that ``Separate 
educational facilities are inherently unequal,'' formed the 
legal foundation for the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. 
Board of Education.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H.R. 2131.

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    On April 30, 2015, Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC) 
introduced H.R. 2131, a bill to designate the Federal building 
and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in 
Charleston, South Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial 
Center''.
    On May 20, 2015, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session. The Committee ordered the 
bill reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a 
quorum present.

                            COMMITTEE 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 record votes taken in connection 
with consideration of H.R. 2131.

                      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.

               NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    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.

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    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 enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 2131 from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                      Washington, DC, May 21, 2015.
Hon. Bill Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed H.R. 2131, a bill to designate the Federal building 
and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in 
Charleston, South Carolina, as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial 
Center,'' as ordered reported by the House Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure on May 20, 2015.
    CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no 
significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect 
direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go 
procedures do not apply. The bill 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.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                                        Keith Hall.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation is to 
designate the Federal building and United States courthouse 
located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as 
the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial Center''.

                          ADVISORY OF EARMARKS

    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. No 
provision in the bill includes an earmark, limited tax benefit, 
or limited tariff benefit under clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of 
rule XXI.

                    DUPLICATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

    Pursuant to section 3(g) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), 
the Committee finds that no provision of H.R. 2131 establishes 
or reauthorizes a program of the federal government known to be 
duplicative of another federal program, a program that was 
included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-
139, or a program related to a program identified in the most 
recent Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

                  DISCLOSURE OF DIRECTED RULE MAKINGS

    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), 
the Committee finds that enacting H.R. 2131 does not direct the 
completion of a specific rule making within the meaning of 
section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

                       FEDERAL MANDATE 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).

                        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.R. 2131 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 OF 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 
104-1).

               SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF LEGISLATION

Section 1. J. Waties Waring Federal Building and United States 
        Courthouse

    Section 1(a) designates the Federal building and United 
States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, 
South Carolina as the ``J. Waties Waring Judicial Center''.
    Section 1(b) deems any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
document, paper, or other record of the United States to the 
Federal building and United States courthouse referred to in 
subsection (a) as a reference to the ``J. Waties Waring 
Judicial Center''.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 2131 makes no changes in existing law.

                                  [all]