A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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.
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2006 request.
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The Interior and Related Agencies bill was enacted before the end of fiscal year 2005. Programs normally included in the Energy and Water Development bill were covered under the first of three 2006 continuing resolutions until the 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act was signed by the President on November 19, 2005.
House Action. Passed the House by a vote of 348 to 64 on September 29, 2005.
Senate Action. Passed the Senate by a voice vote on September 30, 2005.
Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 109-77 on September 30, 2005.
Fall Hurricane/Avian Flu Supplemental
Conference Agreement. The conference agreement on the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act reported on December 18, 2005 included a 2006 supplemental providing funds for Hurricane Katrina response and recovery and for detection of avian flu (H.Rept. 109-359).
House Action. The House Appropriations Committee reported a bill providing supplemental funds for the global war on terror and for hurricane recovery on March 13, 2006 (H.R. 4939; H. Rept. 109-388). The bill passed the House on March 16, by a vote of 348 to 71.
Senate Action. The Senate Appropriations Committee reported the legislation on April 7 (S. Rept. 109-230) and the Senate passed the legislation on May 4 by a vote of 77 to 21.
Conference Agreement. Conference agreement on the legislation was reached on June 8 (H.Rept. 109-494). The House agreed to the conference report on June 13 by a vote of 351 to 67. The Senate agreed to the conference report on June 15, by a vote of 98 to l.