About time: GOP Congress seeks to limit what president can do with Antiquities Act

About time: GOP Congress seeks to limit what president can do with Antiquities Act

[Ed. – This is the act under which Obama has been declaring “monuments” in order to close off our own lands AND THE OCEAN to Americans.  The article is slanted and uninformative, of course.]

Congressional Republicans have introduced legislation to prevent presidents from designating public lands as national monuments.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), would change the century-old Antiquities Act—signed into law by Teddy Roosevelt—to force presidents to seek Congress’ approval to create a national monument to protect public lands from development. …

Democratic presidents have designated 102 national monuments—13 under President Obama. His most recent designation came in October when he proclaimed 346,000-square-acres of Los Angeles County’s San Gabriel Mountains a national monument.

This isn’t the first time Republican members have targeted the Antiquities Act.  Last March, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would limit the number of national monument designations a president could make each term without Congress’ approval.

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