CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 3030, the Baudette Coast Guard Housing Conveyance Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3030 was introduced on July 10, 2015 by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported, by voice vote, as amended, on March 3, 2016.
H.R. 3030 directs the Commandant of the Coast Guard to convey certain property from the United States to the City of Baudette, Minnesota at fair market value for use as affordable public housing or as infrastructure that serves as a public benefit to the City of Baudette, Minnesota.
On April 24, 1953 Clark Dodds Lumber Company, a Minnesota Corporation existing under the laws of the State of Minnesota, sold the Baudette housing properties to the United States of America for $3,000.00. The property was under the custody and control of the Air Force.
On August 24, 1981, the Air Force transferred custody and control of the property to the Coast Guard. In accordance with the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 the Coast Guard is in the process of divesting property, deemed excess to housing mission requirements, in Baudette, Minnesota for fair market value. The property being divested by the Coast Guard includes four properties including all buildings, structures, utilities, and miscellaneous facilities on the land.
The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 allows the Secretary to use amounts in the Coast Guard Housing Fund to plan, execute, and administer the conveyance of real property.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 3030 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the homes affected by the legislation are currently vacant, do not generate any rental income for the agency, and have a total appraised value of $271,000.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.