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S.1158 NPS Commemorative Coin Act

S.1158 NPS Commemorative Coin Act

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Published by Mark Warner
SENS. WARNER, ENZI LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT NATIONAL PARKS PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY
SENS. WARNER, ENZI LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT NATIONAL PARKS PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

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113
TH
CONGRESS 1
ST
S
ESSION
 
S. 1158
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
J
UNE
13, 2013 Mr. W 
 ARNER
(for himself and Mr. E
NZI
) introduced the following bill; which  was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
A BILL
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establish-ment of the National Park Service, and for other pur-poses.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘National Park Service
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100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds that—
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S 1158 IS
(1) in 1916, Congress established the National
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Park Service as a bureau within the Department of
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the Interior to administer the great national parks
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and monuments in the United States as a unified
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National Park System;
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(2) from 1916 to the present, the National
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Park System has grown from 37 park units with
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6,000,000 acres of land in the western United
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States to more than 395 units with 84,000,000
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acres of land in nearly every State and territory;
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(3) the responsibilities of the National Park
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Service have expanded to include—
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(A) managing national historic trails and
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national scenic trails;
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(B) administering wild and scenic rivers;
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(C) recognizing the most significant his-
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toric resources in the United States through the
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National Register of Historic Places and the
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National Historic Landmark program;
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(D) providing historic preservation grants;
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and
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(E) assisting communities in meeting their
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preservation, conservation, and recreation
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needs;
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S 1158 IS
(4) the National Park Service Organic Act of
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1916 (Public Law 64–408, 39 Stat. 535), which es-
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tablished the National Park Service, remains the
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preeminent law guiding the management of parks
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and articulating the core mission of the National
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Park Service, ‘‘to conserve the scenery and the nat-
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 ural and historic objects and the wild life therein
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and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in
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such manner and by such means as will leave them
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 unimpaired for the enjoyment of future genera-
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tions’’;
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(5) the 100th anniversary of the National Park
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Service in 2016 will be an occasion to celebrate a
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century of American vision and achievement in iden-
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tifying and preserving the special places in the
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United States for the benefit of all, and the culmina-
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tion of 100 years of accomplishments by the employ-
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ees, partners, and volunteers of the National Park
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Service;
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(6) 2016 also will mark the beginning of the 2d
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century of service of the dedicated employees, part-
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ners, and volunteers of the National Park Service to
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the people of the United States as environmental
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leaders and vigilant stewards of the treasured places
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and stories of the United States;
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