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115th Congress   }                                       {      Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session      }                                       {     115-616

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                GEORGE W. BUSH CHILDHOOD HOME STUDY ACT

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 March 22, 2018.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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     Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3008]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 3008) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush 
Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, 
Texas, and for other purposes, 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. 3008 is to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George 
W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, 
Midland, Texas.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The George W. Bush Childhood Home is located at 1412 W. 
Ohio Avenue in Midland, Texas. The home is approximately 1400 
square feet and has been left relatively unchanged since 
1956.\1\ The site currently functions as a museum managed by a 
nonprofit entity, the George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc. The 
non-profit recently purchased a neighboring home to function as 
administrative offices and a gift shop.\2\
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    \1\``About the Project'' The George W. Bush Childhood Home. http://
www.bushchildhoodhome.org/about.
    \2\``Project Highlights'' The George W. Bush Childhood Home. http:/
/www.bushchildhoodhome.org/highlights.
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    President George W. Bush, born on July 6, 1946, in 
Connecticut, has spent most of his life in Texas. The Bush 
family lived in the Ohio Avenue home in Midland, Texas, for 4 
years, beginning when George W. Bush was 5 years old.\3\ As 
their family grew, the family moved to a larger house in 
Midland and eventually moved to Houston, Texas.
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    \3\``Bush Family Timeline'' The George W. Bush Childhood Home 
http://www.bushchildhoodhome.org/timeline.
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    President Bush went to high school in Andover, 
Massachusetts, and followed his father and grandfather by 
attending Yale University. After graduating from Yale, he 
enlisted in the Texas Air National Guard. After his Guard duty, 
he continued his education at Harvard Business School.\4\
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    \4\``George W. Bush'' Biography.com https://www.biography.com/
people/george-w-bush-099232768.
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    Bush returned to Midland after graduating, where he met his 
future wife, Laura. The couple settled in Midland while Bush 
worked in the oil industry and worked on his father's 
presidential campaigns.\5\ After his father lost the 
presidential election in 1992, George W. Bush turned to 
politics himself. In 1994, Bush was elected governor of Texas 
and became the first Texas governor to be elected to 
consecutive four-year terms. In 2000, Bush was elected the 43rd 
President of the United States and served two terms.\6\
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    \5\``George W. Bush Biography'' Encyclopedia of Biography http://
www.notablebiographies.com/Br-Ca/Bush-George-W.html.
    \6\``George W. Bush'' Biography.com https://www.biography.com/
people/george-w-bush-099232768.
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    H.R. 3008 directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct 
a special resource study of the childhood home of former 
President George W. Bush to determine the national significance 
of the site and the suitability and feasibility of designating 
it as a unit of the National Park System.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 3008 was introduced on June 22, 2017, by Congressman 
K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). The bill was referred to the 
Committee on Natural Resources and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on Federal Lands. The Subcommittee held a hearing 
on the bill on February 28, 2018. On March 14, 2018, the 
Natural Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The 
Subcommittee was discharged by unanimous consent. No amendments 
were offered and the bill was ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by unanimous consent.

            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.

      COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT

    1. Cost of Legislation and the Congressional Budget Act. 
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) and (3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
sections 308(a) and 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974, the Committee has received the following estimate for the 
bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, March 20, 2018.
Hon. Rob Bishop,
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3008, the George 
W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Janani 
Shankaran.
            Sincerely,
                                                Keith Hall,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 3008--George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act

    H.R. 3008 would direct the National Park Service (NPS) to 
conduct a special resource study of the childhood home of 
former President George W. Bush. As part of that study, the NPS 
would determine the suitability and feasibility of designating 
the site in Midland, Texas, as a unit of the National Park 
System.
    Based on the costs of similar studies, CBO estimates that 
implementing H.R. 3008 would cost less than $500,000; such 
spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated 
funds.
    Enacting H.R. 3008 would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3008 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
    H.R. 3008 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Janani 
Shankaran. The estimate was approved by H. Samuel Papenfuss, 
Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. 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 authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. 
Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, 
Texas.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       COMPLIANCE WITH H. RES. 5

    Directed Rule Making. This bill does not contain any 
directed rule makings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                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 to existing 
law.

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