H.R. 4957, To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the "Ariel Rios Federal Building"

H.R. 4957

To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the "Ariel Rios Federal Building"

Sponsor
Rep. Andre Carson

Date
May 10, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On ­­­­­­­­­Tuesday, May ­10, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4957, to designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4957 was introduced on April 15, 2016 by Rep. Andre Carson (R-IN), and was referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which ordered the bill to be reported by voice vote on April 20, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4957 designates the Federal building, otherwise known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Headquarters, located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building.”

Background

Special Agent Ariel Rios was an undercover ATF agent who was killed in 1982 while working to unravel a drug ring operating in Miami, Florida. After his passing, it was acknowledged that Agent Rios was the first ATF agent to die while serving in the line of duty. In 1985, Congress honored his sacrifice by formally naming the first ATF Headquarters Building the “Ariel Rios Memorial Building.”

In 2007, ATF moved to its new headquarters at 99 New York Avenue, N.E. in Washington, D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency moved into ATF’s old headquarters, and the building was renamed after President Bill Clinton in 2012. [1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Naming the ATF headquarters after Ariel Rios is an important symbolic reminder of risks faced by ATF’s front line agents and their ongoing service to our country. […] I believe this important recognition of Ariel Rios will serve as a tribute to every frontline law enforcement officer past, present, and future.”[2]

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[1] See Statement in Support of Carson’s Rios ATF HQ Bill, April 20, 2016.
[2] See Rep. Carson’s Press Release “Committee Passes Carson’s Rios ATF Bill” April 22, 2016

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (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. CBO also estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in one or more of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-3021.