March 01, 2018

The missing piece: Presidential action on monuments highlights congressional abdication of responsibility

Lawson Fite

President Trump’s recent revisions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monuments (BENM, GS-ENM) have spurred a heated debate about the extent of executive power under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The president stated, “The Antiquities Act does not give the Federal Government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it’s time we ended this abusive practice.” Opponents of the presidential action blasted, “The President Stole Your Land.”

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