September 29, 2000
12:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate passed four Energy and Natural Resources Committee bills this week. Among the two measures that were passed late Thursday night, was H.R. 4115, which authorizes appropriations for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Holocaust Museum was built in 1993 and is located near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Museum works to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs. The Museum incorporates exhibitions, research and publications, collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts relating to the Holocaust. The second Committee bill passed by the Senate on Thursday was S. 1438, which would establish the National Law Enforcement Museum on Federal land in the District of Columbia. The museum would be near the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and would serve as a clearinghouse for information related not only to law enforcement history, but also to law enforcement safety. Earlier in the week, S. 430, sponsored by Chairman Frank H. Murkowski also passed the Senate. The bill allows the Kake Tribal Corporation to exchange nearly 2,400 acres of tribal land with the Forest Service. The exchanged areas include critical habitat for the Gunnuk Creek hatchery. The Kake Tribal Corporation in turn receives 1, 389 acres of land from the Forest Service on Prince of Wales Island. Also passed in the beginning of the week was a Murkowski sponsored measure, S. 2511, that would designate the Kenai Mountains / Turnagain Arm as a new National Heritage Area in Alaska. The bill allows residents of the area to celebrate and remember their national and cultural history. The interpretation, conservation and other activities in the area will be managed by local, state and federal government in cooperation with private non-profit organizations. The designation is especially significant for Alaska because it involves no new land acquisition or management by the National Park Service. ###