Congressional Record: September 3, 2003 (House)
Page H7803-H7808


  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules 
and pass the bill (H.R. 2309) to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 2300 Redondo Avenue in Signal Hill, 
California, as the ``J. Stephen Horn Post Office Building,'' as 
  The Clerk read as follows:

                               H.R. 2309

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled,


       The facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
     2300 Redondo Avenue in Long Beach, California, shall be known 
     and designated as the ``Stephen Horn Post Office Building''.


       Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, 
     or other record of the United States to the facility referred 
     to in section 1 shall be deemed to be a reference to the 
     ``Stephen Horn Post Office Building''.

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from 
Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis) and the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Bell) each 
will control 20 minutes.
  The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis).

                             General Leave

  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that 
all Members may have 5 legislative days within which to revise and 
extend their remarks on H.R. 2309.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the 
gentleman from Virginia?
  There was no objection.

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  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I 
may consume.
  Mr. Speaker, H.R. 2309, as amended, introduced by my distinguished 
colleague from the State of California (Ms. Millender-McDonald), 
designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
2300 Redondo Avenue in Long Beach, California, as the ``Stephen Horn 
Post Office Building.''
  Mr. Speaker, this legislation would rename this southern California 
post office after one of our most distinguished former Members, 
Congressman Steve Horn. Congressman Horn retired this past January at 
the conclusion of the 107th Congress. He was one of the most 
intelligent, respected and admired Members of the House of 
Representatives, and we are all proud to have had an opportunity to 
serve with him and to recognize his service today.
  Congressman Horn spent his entire professional life around or within 
the Federal Government. Along the way, he particularly studied and 
mastered the procedural details of succeeding as a legislator on 
Capitol Hill. He has viewed the legislative process from every possible 
perspective: as a congressional aid, an executive branch staff member, 
an academic, a writer and, ultimately, as an elected official.
  Following his extensive education that includes a master's degree 
from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Steve Horn began his 
career in public service in 1959 as an aide to then-Labor Secretary 
James Mitchell in the Eisenhower administration. Within 2 years, Steve 
came to Capitol Hill for the first time as a legislative assistant to 
former California Senator Tom Kuchel. I first met him when he was an 
aide to Senator Kuchel when I was a young page over in the Senate back 
in the 1963-64 time frame, and I will never forget his replacement, 
when he left the Senator's office, who was a young man named Leon 
Panetta who also went on to serve and was distinguished in this body.
  After stints as a senior fellow with the Brookings Institute and a 
dean of American University, Mr. Horn returned to California as 
president of California State University at Long Beach. From his 
studies and experience, he has written important books on congressional 
ethics, parliamentary procedure, and the Senate Appropriations 
  Professor Steve Horn left academia to make a run for the Republican 
nomination to the House of Representatives in 1988. Although he came up 
short in that race, he ran another campaign 4 years later in a 
different district in 1992 and won the Republican nomination. During 
the general election season, he based his campaign headquarters out of 
his son's apartment and mailed out nearly 50,000 15-minute videotapes 
to voters about himself. As a result of his efforts, Steve Horn was 
elected to the House of Representatives from the 38th District of 
California in November of 1992.
  Mr. Speaker, once he was elected to Congress, Congressman Horn 
quickly became known as one of the most diligent Members of the House. 
He tirelessly chaired the Committee on Government Reform's Subcommittee 
on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental 
Relations until his retirement, and I was very fortunate to have served 
on that subcommittee during his tenure. He held countless hearings that 
aimed to improve the accountability and effectiveness of the Federal 
Government. Specifically, he was a leader in encouraging Federal 
agencies to prepare their technology systems for the Y2K bug and worked 
on various government debt collection bills that aimed to allow the 
government to obtain outstanding debts.
  Today, Congressman Horn lives in semi-retirement with his wife Nini 
in California. He continues his public service to this day, working in 
a consultative role with the National Academy of Public Administration.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge all Members to support the passage of H.R. 2309, 
as amended, that honors Congressman

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Steve Horn for his 5 terms in the House and his service to the people 
of California and the entire Nation. He was a rarity, a very bipartisan 
Member of this body, looking not at interest groups, not at 
partisanship, but for what he felt would be the best result. I think 
this institution would be better served with more Members like Steve 
Horn. This is an appropriate acknowledgment of the service that he gave 
his country here in the Congress.
  I thank my colleague, the gentlewoman from California, for 
introducing this important measure.
  Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.
  Mr. BELL. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from 
Minnesota (Mr. Oberstar).
  Mr. OBERSTAR. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the 
time, and I thank the gentleman from Virginia for bringing this 
legislation to the House floor to so appropriately honor Steve Horn.
  I thank the gentlewoman from California for allowing me to precede 
her in my remarks. I join in the Chairman's eloquence on Steve Horn, 
whom I came to know personally on our committee, whom I have the 
greatest personal as well as professional respect for.
  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as she may 
consume to the gentlewoman from Illinois (Mrs. Biggert).
  Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the 
  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to our former colleague 
Steve Horn. I also want to thank my friend and colleague the 
gentlewoman from California (Ms. Millender-McDonald) for her spirit of 
bipartisanship in introducing this legislation to honor a man who 
worked well with Members on both sides of the aisle.
  I first met Mr. Horn longer ago than I would like to admit, back in 
my days at Stanford University. I was an undergraduate. He was a 
teacher's aide, commonly called a TA, in one of my government classes 
while he pursued his Ph.D. Even back then, he had established a 
reputation for being hardworking and thorough.
  When I first came to Washington, I was privileged to serve with Mr. 
Horn on the Committee on Government Reform. As chairman of the 
Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and 
Intergovernmental Relations, he was always searching for ways to make 
government run more smoothly and more efficiently. This was not always 
the most glamorous or most exciting work, but Mr. Horn gladly took it 
  Nowhere was this more evident than his work on the Y2K bug. It was 
Steve Horn who initiated a system of grading Federal agencies on Y2K 
readiness and publicizing the results using report cards. These report 
cards let agencies know where their weaknesses were and allowed them to 
focus their efforts on efficiently improving their operating systems 
for the switchover to the year 2000. The same report card system was 
recently used to evaluate Federal agencies on their bioterrorism 
  It is only fitting that we name this post office after Steve Horn. 
Another one of his many legislative achievements was securing a 
separate ZIP code for the neighborhood surrounding the post office.
  I am very proud today to support this legislation to make this the J. 
Stephen Horn Post Office. I congratulate Mr. Horn on all his hard work 
and I wish him and his wife, Nini, all the best in their much-deserved 
retirement. I urge all my colleagues to support this legislation to 
honor a truly deserving man.
  Mr. BELL. Mr. Speaker, I yield 5 minutes to the gentleman from Texas 
(Mr. Doggett).
  Mr. DOGGETT. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the 
  I am pleased to join our colleagues in honoring our former colleague, 
Steve Horn. It is sometimes said that someone is a gentleman and a 
scholar. Steve Horn is genuinely both. He contributed mightily to the 
House and worked with people of both parties, and I am pleased that he 
is being recognized today.

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  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as he may 
consume to the gentleman from California (Mr. Rohrabacher).
  Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of and with 
gratitude to my colleague, the gentlewoman from California (Ms. 
Millender-McDonald) for her resolution honoring our colleague, now our 
retired colleague, Steve Horn, a colleague and a friend and a much-
admired person here in Washington, D.C.
  He is not a bicycle rider and he is not an Olympic athlete here, but 
I guess it is fitting for us to have the U.S. Post Office, which has 
sponsored one of our athletes, and today we are talking about the 
naming of a post office after Steve Horn. I cannot think of a better 
candidate than Steve Horn to name a post office after, especially on 
Signal Hill, California.
  Steve Horn, of course, started out as an academic and ended up 
working for a United States Senator from California, Senator Kuchel, 
and later on became president of Long Beach State College. Let me note 
that I graduated from Long Beach State College and was part of the 
committee, elected by the students of Long Beach State College, to be 
part of the selection committee to find out who would be the president, 
and that selection committee ended up choosing Steve Horn to be the 
President of Long Beach State College, which later became Long Beach 
State University.
  Steve Horn did a terrific job as president of that university. He was 
an incredible leader in the academic community. He was tough, but he 
was an intellectual and he was always very thoughtful. When he came 
here to Congress it was an interesting transition between the President 
of Long Beach State and coming to Congress. Steve and I actually ran 
against each other on my very first run for Congress. Steve was in the 
primary. It was a crowded primary of eight people, and I always thought 
of Steve as the one opponent I had in that primary who I dearly 
respected. He was such a thoughtful person.
  I always thought of it as the Jeffersonians versus the Hamiltonians. 
As our country started out we had these two different groups vying 
intellectually, and Steve was definitely a Hamiltonian and I thought of 
myself as a Jeffersonian. Now he would think of that as a great 
compliment, even though in the end, the Jeffersonians won in the 
beginning of our country's history. They won the battles with the 
Hamiltonians in terms of the electoral process. But as any very 
thoughtful historian will tell you, it was the Hamiltonians that ended 
up having a dominant influence on the structure of our government.
  Steve, of course, was someone who wanted to have an influence. He was 
someone who wanted to get tangible things done rather than talk about 
philosophy. He carried a book with him at all times, taking notes so he 
could have the details down on the things that he wanted to remember 
and to follow through on. He was a pragmatist of the highest order and 
someone who actually gives honor to that title of pragmatist because he 
wanted to make government work. He wanted it to work for the people, 
but, yes, work in its most efficient way.
  He was on the Committee on Government Reform and he served on it 
after he was elected in 1992. He came here and ran again in 1992 and 
won and was here for 10 years as Representative of the 38th District. 
During that time period we faced the challenge that our computer system 
may go haywire, and Steve headed the subcommittee on technology and 
spent a great deal of time working with, of course, the chairman of the 
committee, the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis) and others to 
make sure that our country did not suffer horrible repercussions of 
being unprepared for the turn of the century that was going to make our 
computers all malfunction. With Steve's leadership, we were able to 
avert a great crisis at that time that probably saved our country 
billions upon billions of dollars and all sorts of disruption.
  This was a man who was making things better by making government 
work. He was also on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
on which he worked so diligently to make sure that our transportation 
needs, especially in southern California, were met.
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run against each other and at times we had our disagreements, he was a 
person whose methodology in his own life demanded a certain degree of 
respect even for those who disagreed with him. And then when we did 
agree, it was such a pleasure to have someone as efficient as Steve on 
your side, who was focused on detail and getting the job done.
  I think together in the Republican majority we were able to 
accomplish a great deal with Steve Horn and myself on the same team. 
And that is what the Republican majority, we hope, has been all about. 
We are missing Steve now and we wish him well. This post office that we 
are naming after him he fought long and hard to get a ZIP Code for in 
Signal Hill, so I think it is very, very fitting that we offer him this 
tribute by putting his name on that post office.
  So I thank once again the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Millender-
McDonald). This is a very nice bipartisan tribute to a man who really 
appreciated bipartisanship.
  Mr. BELL. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as she may consume to the 
very patient gentlewoman from California (Ms. Millender-McDonald).
  Ms. MILLENDER-McDONALD. Mr. Speaker, let me thank the distinguished 
gentleman from Texas (Mr. Bell) and the distinguished gentleman from 
Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis) for their input on this important bill. I 
would also like to recognize my colleague and friend who represents 
Long Beach with me, the gentleman from California (Mr. Rohrabacher), 
and my dear friend who served with me as co-chair of the Congressional 
Caucus for Women's Issues, the gentlewoman from Illinois (Mrs. 
Biggert). All of us have come to honor Steve Horn.
  Before I do that, let me congratulate also and be a part of the 
voices to congratulate Lance Armstrong who represents the best of 
America and has won his second championship in the Tour de France. We 
are all very honored that he is an American who represents us very 
  Mr. Speaker, it is an honor for me to offer the Stephen Horn Post 
Office Building Designation Act, H.R. 2309, today. The post office is 
located at 2300 Redondo Avenue in the city of Long Beach, in my 
district, in honor of our distinguished former colleague Steve Horn.
  Before being elected to Congress, Steve Horn served in the world of 
academics. From 1970 to 1988, he served as the President of Cal State 
University Long Beach, and remained as a trustee and professor of 
political science at the university from 1988 to 1992. His 
distinguished academic career reads as follows: A Bachelor of Arts 
degree from Stanford University and an M.P.A. degree from Harvard 
University in Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University as well.
  From 1960 to 1966, Steve Horn first began to mix his academic prowess 
with his politically inclusive sensibilities, serving as a legislative 
assistant to former California Senator Thomas H. Kuchel. From 1966 to 
1969 he continued his academic pursuits as a senior fellow at the 
prestigious Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C.
  From 1992 until his retirement in 2002, Steve Horn was a colleague 
and friend to many of us in Congress, and he remains a friend to us. 
His pursuit of good public policy and fairness consistently crossed 
party lines. As a colleague on the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, it was my pleasure to serve with Steve Horn for 7 
years, during which time we grappled with many challenges together, 
especially the 1998 transportation reauthorization bill, TEA-21.
  I believe that I can speak safely for the members of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure in saying that his voice and 
perspective will be missed on our committee. The naming of this post 
office is a combination of Steve Horn's contribution as Congressman, 
former president of the Cal State University Long Beach, and as an 
honorable private citizen.
  Specifically, the naming of this post office highlights Steve Horn's 
efforts to secure a separate ZIP Code for the city of Signal Hill. For 
years, Signal Hill city manager Ken Farfsing said the city and its 
9,000 residents had had problems with higher insurance rates, 
misreported sales taxes affecting the city's revenue, and misapplied 
utility taxes by long-distance companies. Thanks to Steve Horn's 
tireless efforts, the city of Signal Hill finally received a separate 
ZIP Code in early 2002.
  The length that Steve Horn went to secure a separate ZIP Code for 
Signal Hill is indicative of the passion and persistence he brought to 
his job as a Member of Congress. It is a great story. Some in Signal 
Hill might call it a great epic. It is worth repeating.
  When Steve Horn came to Congress as Signal Hill's Representative in 
1993, he made securing a ZIP Code for the city one of his top 
priorities. He met with city and Postal Service officials to try to 
address concerns raised by postal officials. In 1994, the Signal Hill 
City Council requested that the Long Beach postmaster place the Signal 
Hill Post Office on the 5-year capital improvement plan and that he 
complete the ZIP Code survey.
  Early the next year, the Long Beach postmaster rejected Signal Hill's 
request, stating none of the existing facilities have the ability to 
house additional routes for Signal Hill. The city filed an appeal with 
regional headquarters, which was sent to the Postal Service Washington 
headquarters. A few months later, Postmaster General Runyon upheld the 
  Postmaster General Runyon wrote Congressman Horn in June of 1995 
stating, ``ZIP Code analysis for 20 years for code 908O4, 90806, and 
90807 indicates that no additional ZIP Codes are required before 2014. 
The growth rate remains stable and the resultant density and mail 
volume will not require new ZIP Codes in the foreseeable future.'' 
However, Congressman Steve Horn met with the postmaster, who would not 
change his position.
  This continued into 1996, as Postmaster General Runyon wrote letters 
to both Congressman Horn and Senator Barbara Boxer denying their 
request on behalf of the city of Signal Hill. In 1997, the Signal Hill 
City Council authorized a postal survey and retained the Economics 
Department of California State University Long Beach to review the 
Postal Service model. The completed survey found that 85.1 percent of 
residents supported a single ZIP Code. The survey was then sent to the 
postmaster and Congressman Horn wrote him as well, but again to no 
  Frustrated with the lack of responsiveness on the part of the Postal 
Service, Steve Horn in 1998 introduced H.R. 4429, legislation requiring 
ZIP Codes for communities with 5,000 or more in population. In 2000, he 
introduced another bill, H.R. 3739, requiring single ZIP Codes for 
small cities split by multiple ZIP Codes. In that same year, he amended 
the Postal Service appropriation bill to require that the Postal 
Service report back by August 1 on the Signal Hill ZIP Code.
  Finally, the Postal Service began to demonstrate some awareness of 
the problems created by the city of Signal Hill in being split into 
three Zip Codes. It began a study of the situation, and in August of 
2000 began researching for a vacant property for the West Carrier Annex 
in the city. The next month, Congressman Horn, along with Signal Hill's 
mayor, Mike Noll, and City Manager Ken Farfsingm met with Long Beach 
Postmaster Jenkins and District Supervisor Shapiro to discuss the 
status of the annex.

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  In October, the Postal Service selected a site for the annex. 
Unfortunately, in March 2001, postal officials placed a hold on all 
capital projects. Six months later they indicated that all Postal 
Service projects would be indefinitely delayed due to the anthrax 
attacks that took place that fall.
  At this point Congressman Horn met with the new Postmaster General to 
discuss the idea of using the existing postal facility in Signal Hill 
for the Signal Hill ZIP Code. In November 2001, the Postal Service 
mailed out a survey to residents completed the next January. Finally, 
in January 2002, with the completed survey showing two-thirds of the 
residents wanted a unified Signal Hill ZIP Code, the city got the good 
news it would receive the recognition desired for so long, its own ZIP 
  This was vintage Congressman Steve Horn, passionate and persistent in 
making sure that this city, which deserved its ZIP Code, got it. Steve 
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and his persuasiveness in pressing the argument with postal officials 
had enabled the city of Signal Hill to prevail.
  I can think of no other appropriate recognition for Steve Horn than 
to name that post office after him. He is a rarity, Mr. Speaker, a 
bipartisan public servant. That is why I ask that this legislation 
receive prompt consideration and passage. I thank all of the gentlemen 
and gentlewomen who spoke on behalf of the Steve Horn Post Office 
  Mr. BELL. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
  Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Committee on Government Reform, I am 
pleased to join with the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis) in the 
consideration of H.R. 2309 which, as amended, names a postal facility 
in Long Beach, California, after former Representative Stephen Horn.
  H.R. 2309, which was introduced by the gentlewoman from California 
(Ms. Millender-McDonald) on June 3, 2003, enjoys the support and 
cosponsorship of the entire California delegation. In addition, on July 
24, 2003, the Committee on Government Reform unanimously passed and 
ordered the bill reported to the House floor for consideration.
  Former Representative Horn, a Republican, represented the 38th 
Congressional District for 10 years, from 1992 to 2002. As a longtime 
public servant and political scientist, Mr. Horn worked at the U.S. 
Commission on Civil Rights, the Brookings Institute, and in academia as 
a dean at American University here in Washington, and later as 
President of Cal State in Long Beach, California.
  As a member of the Committee on Government Reform, Stephen Horn 
served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, 
Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations. He is credited 
with focusing on the Federal Government's ability to respond to the Y2K 
crisis that we heard so much about a few short years ago in grading 
Federal agencies for computer security.
  Mr. Horn retired after serving his community and the public for more 
than 50 years. Mr. Speaker, I urge swift adoption of this measure.
  Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.
  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I 
may consume.
  Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Millender-
McDonald) for introducing this important legislation. Steve Horn was 
not an athlete, he was not a recordholder, but he was in every sense a 
champion, a champion of good government and government efficiency and a 
champion for the American people.
  I urge all Members to support the passage of H.R. 2309, as amended.
  Mrs. MALONEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this important 
  When Chairman Horn retired last year, Congress lost one of the 
greatest advocates for meaningful government oversight, indeed one of 
the greatest advocates for the American People who ever walked our 
hallowed halls.
  His work on the Government Reform Committee includes his eight years 
of service as the Chair of the Government Efficiency, Financial 
Management and Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee.
  I had the pleasure of serving with Chairman Horn on this subcommittee 
since 1993, my first year in Congress. As a Congressman, Steve Horn 
championed the public's Right to Know. As the Chairman, he cosponsored 
a bill (H.R. 3802) that expanded the Freedom of Information Act to 
include electronic information. He was outspoken against the abuse of 
secrecy by executive agencies and the willingness of many Congressional 
Committees to ignore their duties and allow such secrecy. He forces the 
CIA and the Department of Defense to release documents so that Congress 
could effectively perform oversight. I was particularly proud to work 
with him on the Debt Collection Bill that I sponsored.
  Congressman Steve Horn believed in good government. He understood 
that there is a public right to know and as the people's 
representatives we must never forget this fundamental right.
  To capture some of his good karma, my staff and I moved into Mr. 
Horn's Rayburn office in December!
  I miss working with Steve Horn, and I hope he is enjoying life after 
  Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of 
H.R. 2309, the Stephen Horn Post Office Building Designation Act.
  This bill honors a former distinguished Member of Congress, Steve 
  For years, Mr. Horn fought to have the City of Signal Hill get its 
own Zip Code. In honor of his accomplishment it is appropriate that we 
designate the Signal Hill Post Office after Mr. Horn.
  This is just one of many examples that illustrate Steve Horn's 
commitment and willingness to fight for his constituents.
  With the same vigor, it is an honor for me to be representing some of 
his constituents.
  I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill to honor Steve 
Horn's commitment to public service.
  Ms. SLAUGHTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support H.R. 2309 and the 
designation of the United States Postal Service in Signal Hill, 
California as the ``J. Stephen Horn Post Office Building.''
  I had the distinct pleasure of serving with Congressman Steve Horn 
throughout his ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives. From my 
personal experience, I can attest that Steve is an honest, genuine, and 
upstanding man. He stood up for his principles and represented his 
constituents with decency and humanity. His background as a university 
professor was evident in his thoughtful, reasoned approach to issues 
great and small. From 1997 to 2002, we served together as co-chairs of 
the Congressional Arts Caucus, where Steve did yeoman's work for arts 
programs across the nation. Steve never hesitated to reach across 
partisan, geographic, or other lines to build the alliances that would 
allow him to achieve our mutual goals.
  I urge all my colleagues to support this resolution, which salutes 
our friend and colleague Steve Horn--a man of courage, integrity, and 
  Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2309, 
the Stephen Horn Post Office Building Designation Act. Our good friend 
and respected former colleague, Steve Horn, Retired from this body 
after 10 years of distinguished service to his community.
  One of the cities Steve represented throughout his tenure in Congress 
is the City of Signal Hill, California. What many people may not know 
about Signal Hill is that it is a small city geographically surrounded 
by the larger city of Long Beach, California. Unfortunately, they did 
not have their own postal designation which separated them from the 
rest of the region. This resulted in problems with higher insurance 
rates, misreported sales taxes which affected the city's revenues, and 
misapplied utility taxes by long distance companies. Steve took it upon 
himself to work with the U.S. Postal Service and the City of Signal 
Hill to give this community their own postal zip code.
  This small legislative accomplishment, critically important to one of 
the many cities he represented, was indicative of Steve's career in 
Congress. He never turned his back on his district's needs, great or 
small. He brought those needs to Washington, and without partisan 
politicking, effectively solved problems for his constituents.
  We all still look with awe at Steve's distinguished and vast public 
service career. He served in the Eisenhower Administration under Labor 
Secretary James P. Mitchell, and then worked for California Senator 
Thomas Kuchel on historic legislation including the Civil Rights Act of 
1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition, Steve dedicated 18 
years to the California State University, Long Beach, where he was 
recognized as one of the most effective college presidents in the 
  With all the honors Steve and Nini Horn have received over the years, 
I know that they would never lobby to have his name placed on a public 
building. But this is a fitting tribute to a man of character, whose 
devotion to the City of Signal Hill and their cause gave them a 
stronger identity and a little more community pride.
  And by the way, that Zip Code is 90755.
  Ms. HARMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join my colleagues in 
honoring our friend, former colleague, and my former neighbor, Stephen 
Horn, by naming the United States post office in Signal Hill after him.
  Steve served in Congress with great distinction for 10 years. My 
friendship with him began in the 103rd Congress, the first Congress for 
both of us. Steve represented the 38th Congressional District, which 
included most of Long Beach and Lakewood, all of Signal Hill, 
Bellflower, Paramount, Downey, and a small portion of San Pedro, while 
I represented the neighboring 36th District.
  Steve, of course, was a student of Congress. As a political 
scientist, Steve has written books on parliamentary procedures, the 
Senate Appropriations Committee and campaign finance. He worked at the 
Brookings Institution, was a dean at American University, and then from 
1970 to 1988, was president of Cal State University at Long Beach.
  Early in his career, he was appointed Administrative Assistant to 
Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell, followed in late 1960 with a move 
to Capitol Hill where he served as the

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Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Thomas H. Kuchel (R-Calif.), one 
of the four leaders of the Senate. And, he was in Everett Dirksen's 
office helping draft the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
  With his election to the 103rd Congress, Steve had an opportunity to 
put his love of politics and governing into practice. I am particularly 
proud that we worked together to lead a successful bi-partisan 
coalition that saved the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing C-17 program. 
Congress approved the multi-year purchase of this cargo aircraft, which 
employed 9,000 workers in our respective districts and, as demonstrated 
in the recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, has 
proven to be one of the most versatile cargo aircraft in the military's 
  When his party took control of the House in 1994, Steve became 
chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial 
Management and Intergovernmental Relations--a position which he used to 
improve government services, overhaul federal agencies' debt collection 
practices, and help prepare agencies to meet the Y2K problem.
  Steve was also a leader of Southern California's effort to secure 
funding for the Alameda Corridor, a below-grade rail line linking the 
busy Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles with the rest of the nation. 
He was also known for his advocacy of higher education and as a 
passionate supporter of the arts and I recall Steve's strong defense of 
the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the 
Humanities as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus.
  Always the keen observer, Steve was known for the ubiquitous 
notebooks in which he detailed his daily activities, insights and 
observations while in Congress. Undoubtedly, these volumes help refresh 
the recollections which he now uses to teach others at Cal State Long 
Beach about politics, governance, and responsibility in a democratic 
  Mr. Speaker, never one to falter in his congressional duties or to 
toe the party line, Steve Horn served in Congress with courage and 
independence. I am proud to have served with him and to cosponsor and 
urge passage of this measure honoring him with the designation of J. 
Stephen Horn post office in Signal Hill, California.
  Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be a cosponsor of 
H.R. 2309, Congresswoman Millender-McDonald's legislation to name the 
post office at 2300 Redondo in Long Beach, CA, after our distinguished 
former colleague, Steve Horn.
  Like Congresswoman Millender-McDonald, I am honored to now represent 
two cities, Bellflower and Downey, which Steve Horn represented with 
such distinction during his decade in Congress. Steve and I were 
elected in the same year, 1992, and I had the pleasure to work with him 
on behalf of a number of initiatives important to our communities and 
others in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
  Steve Horn was an accomplished legislator who achieved much in his 
time in Congress. Not only did he author a number of bills that have 
made a considerable difference in improving the way our government 
operates, but he also provided strong oversight as chair of the 
Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, 
Financial Management & Intergovernmental Relations.
  It was Steve Horn who first raised the public's consciousness 
regarding the looming Y2K problem. Through his work on his 
subcommittee, he played an essential role in encouraging federal 
agencies to take the necessary steps to upgrade their computer systems 
and forestall potential problems as we made the transition to the new 
century. His early efforts were the precursor of the new Homeland 
Security Department's focus on the potential cyber security threat.
  The legislative legacy Steve Horn left behind following his 
retirement from Congress is substantial. Through his subcommittee, he 
initiated a number of other efforts to make the federal government run 
more effectively and efficiently, and to make it more responsive to the 
American public. He helped bring together the Los Angeles-area 
Congressional delegation to build the support needed to fund the 
Alameda Corridor and make it a reality. Today, the Corridor provides a 
direct rail connection from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to 
the main inland east-west transportation links.
  Steve and I worked together on numerous issues during our service in 
Congress together. Today I am proud to continue work on two of those 
critical projects in the City of Downey, the largest municipality 
completely in my district and one that I inherited from Steve. First is 
the Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center that will serve as 
one important piece of the multi-million dollar redevelopment project 
scheduled for the Downey site of the former space shuttle manufacturing 
plant, Rockwell International. I am working closely with Downey 
representatives in support of the redevelopment project, and I have 
introduced legislation that will name that space science learning 
center in honor of the Columbia Space Shuttle and its crew who perished 
in the shuttle's February 2003 crash.
  Secondly, whether it was ensuring safe and reliable water to the Los 
Angeles area or cleaning up the storm water that runs into the Los 
Angeles River, Steve was always involved in the numerous bipartisan 
efforts regarding Los Angeles water. Along these lines, I am continuing 
the effort Steve and I began last year to mitigate trash that storm 
waters carry into the Los Angeles River.
  Despite Steve's impressive legislative work, it is his strong, 
personal commitment to the people of the 38th District of California 
during his 10 years in Congress and his many years of dedicated 
community involvement service that makes this legislation on the floor 
today so appropriate. As Congressman, he was deeply committed to 
serving the needs of all his constituents. I regularly hear from his 
former constituents of the services he offered and the strong support 
he provided for all the communities of his district. Steve Horn was 
also actively serving his community long before he came to Congress. 
During his tenure as a professor and then President at Cal State-Long 
Beach, Steve and his wife Nini were deeply involved in a wide range of 
civic and cultural activities that enriched and improved their 
  And, as I know Congresswoman Millender-McDonald has noted in her 
statement, he refused to give in to bureaucratic resistance when the 
City of Signal Hill asked for its own zip code, rather than sharing 
three different zip codes with portions of the City of Long Beach, 
which adjoins it. The Redondo post office serve as the distribution 
center for the Signal Hill routes, so it is particularly appropriate 
that it is the one designated with Steve Horn's name.
  I commend the Government Reform Committee and the House leadership 
for their expeditious consideration of H.R. 2309. And I thank Steve 
Horn for his friendship and for all he did--and continues to do--for 
his community. My best wishes go to Steve, Nini and their family.
  Mr. CALVERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and pay tribute to J. 
Stephen Horn, a former Member of Congress who faithfully served this 
institution for ten years. Today the House of Representatives is 
honoring his contributions to his community, his state and his country 
by naming a post office located in Signal Hill, California after him.
  Steve had led an exceptionally distinguished life beginning with his 
graduation from Stanford University in 1953. He then went directly to 
graduate school and earned his M.P.A. from Harvard University in 1955 
and yet that was not quite enough for him. He went back to Stanford and 
received his Ph.D. in 1958. During this same period of time, from 1954 
to 1962, he was a member of the United States Army, honorably serving 
his country for eight years.
  Steve began his career in politics as an assistant to the Secretary 
of Labor in 1959. In 1960, he served as a legislative assistant to 
Senator Thomas H. Kuchel for six years. He then went to work for the 
Brookings Institute as a senior fellow until 1969.
  His career then took a turn away from politics and towards education 
as he became an administrator for American University and then became 
President of California State University, Long Beach in 1970. In 1993, 
he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served 
for ten years.
  Steve's career in Congress is marked by his tenure on the Government 
Reform committee and his dedication to the operational security of 
governmental agencies. He also focused on the constant improvement of 
information technology.
  Steve Horn has also been a member of numerous organizations including 
the United States Commission on Civil Rights; the advisory board for 
the National Institute of Corrections; the California Republican 
League; and the California Educational Facility Authority.
  Some would say that Steve was destined to make his mark in public 
affairs from an early age. In 1948, as a high school senior, Steve 
interned at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions 
that were both held in Philadelphia. In 2000, Steve went full circle by 
attending the GOP Convention in Philadelphia as a Congressman and 
member of the California delegation.
  Today's dedication is a culmination of gratitude for the work of 
Stephen Horn. His tireless passion for public service and volunteerism 
is part of what makes the history of this institution the place that it 
is today; a place of honor, debate, sacrifice, duty and justice. 
Stephen Horn embodies these qualities and I congratulate him as we 
dedicate this post office in his name.
  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of 
my time.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Schrock). The question is on the motion 
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Virginia (Mr. Tom Davis) that the House suspend the rules and pass the 
bill, H.R. 2309, as amended.
  The question was taken.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the opinion of the Chair, two-thirds of 
those present have voted in the affirmative.
  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and 
  The yeas and nays were ordered.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to clause 8 of rule XX and the 
Chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be