On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to review the vast amount of federal land designated for National Monuments by the Obama administration.
“Today I’m signing another executive order to end an egregious abuse of executive power and give that power back to the states and the people where it belongs,” Trump said. “The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power.”
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“This executive order does not remove any monuments and this executive order does not weaken any environmental protections,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said before Trump’s remarks.
The Antiquities Act is also under review and has been abused for decades by environmentalist groups to cut off federal land use by the American people.
“The Antiquities Act is a century-old law that has been hijacked by executive overreach in recent years.
While designating monuments is a noble goal, this law, like many others, has strayed far from its original purpose,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in response to the review. ”
Presidents have used the law to lock up thousands of acres of lands and water with the stroke of a pen, disregarding the needs and concerns of local communities.
I commend the Trump administration for stopping this cycle of executive abuse and beginning a review of post designation.
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