Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
This page points to items of interest concerning the Department of the Interior's budget. You may track the progress of this budget request through the Congressional appropriations process from this page.
Assistant Secretary John Berry issued a call to the Department's bureaus and offices for their 2001 budgets and policy recommendations on April 30 1999.
Secretary Bruce Babbitt submitted the Department's budget request for 2001 to OMB September 13 1999.
OMB passed back its decisions on the Department's budget on December 6 1999, starting a month of intense discussions between the Department and OMB that shaped the final request.
The President's 2001 Budget was submitted to the Congress February 7 2000.
The President's Budget documents are available online.
The FY 2001 hearing schedule for the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and for the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee are posted on the House of Representatives' website.
The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget, on which Congress completed action April 15 last year, determines, among other things, the total amount the Appropriations Committees have for their annual appropriations bills.
The Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
Reported by the House Subcommittee. The House Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee issued a press release on the day the Subcommittee released the bill, May 17 mark up of FY 2001 appropriations bill. Overall the Department received a mark of $7.263 billion, $57.5 million less than last year's enacted level, and $1.143 billion less than the President's budget request.
Reported by the House Full Committee. The Full Appropriations Committee reported the bill on May 25 2000 by a vote of 31 to 22. The FY 2001 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (H.R. 4578) was filed by the Committee June 1. The accompanying report is 106-646.
Passed by the House. The House of Representatives passed the 2001 Interior and Related Agencies bill after passing several amendments early in the morning of June 16. House Floor Actions. The vote on final passage was 204 to 172. The bill provides $7.4 billion for Department programs $1,030 million below the President's request.
Reported by the Senate Subcommittee. Senate subcommittee on Appropriations approved H.R. 4578, as amended on June 20.
Reported by the Senate Full Committee. The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked the Interior bill June 20 and issued a press release. The full Senate Committee completed action on the bill on June 22nd, floor action. The Senate report 106-312 was filed on June 22.
Passed by the Senate. The Senate passed the 2001 Interior and Related Agencies appropriations bill (H.R. 4578) on Tuesday, July 18th by a vote of 97 to 2 after considering amendments for several days.
Passed by the House. The Energy and Water Development Bill was passed by the House on June 28 by a vote of 407 to 19.
Reported by the Senate Subcommittee. The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill passed the Senate Subcommittee July 13th by voice vote. Note: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved H.R. 4733, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, by voice vote.
Reported by the Senate Full Committee. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, Senate Report 106-395 was passed by the Senate Full Committee on July 18. A short description of the Bill at this stage.
Passed by the Senate. The Energy and Water Development Bill was passed by the Senate on September 7th by a vote of 93 to 1. Note: On September 7, 2000, the Senate passed H.R. 4733, as amended
Reported by the Conference Committee. Committee Report - House Report. 106-907, on September 27. Summary. Note: Conference Report H.Rept. 106-988 (H.R. 4635) contains appropriations for VA/HUD (H.R. 5482) and Energy/Water (H.R. 5483), and provides these new bill numbers. See the Congressional Record, 10/18/2000, H10083-10224.
House Passed Conference Report. Passed the House on September 28th by a vote of 301 to 118.
Senate Passed Conference Report. Passed the Senate on October 2nd by a vote of 57 to 37.
House Action. Passage, objections of the President Notwithstanding on October 11th by a vote of 315 to 98. Note: Conference Report H.Rept. 106-988 (H.R. 4635) contains appropriations for VA/HUD (H.R. 5482) and Energy/Water (H.R. 5483), and provides these new bill numbers. See the Congressional Record, 10/18/2000, H10083-10224.
Reported by the Conference Committee. Committee Report - House Report. 106-988 , on October 18. Note: Conference Report H.Rept. 106-988 (H.R. 4635) contains appropriations for VA/HUD (H.R. 5482) and Energy/Water (H.R. 5483), and provides these new bill numbers. See the Congressional Record, 10/18/2000, H10083-10224.
House Passed Conference Report. Passed the House on October 19 by a vote of 386 to 24.
Senate Passed Conference Report. Passed the Senate on October 19 by a vote of 85 to 8.
Received by the White House. President Veto on October 7. Veto Message.
Presented to the President. on October 19.
Signed by the President. on October 27.
Public Law Number Assigned. Became Public Law No: 106-377 on October 27.