A new House bill threatens to severely undermine the Antiquities Act, which was first signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt to protect special places as national monuments.
Congress is in a long conservation slump. In fact, they have barely protected any new public land since 2009, one of the longest such streaks in history.
In situations like this, the president has the ability to step in and get the job done, using the authority exercised by many previous administrations on both sides of the aisle. President Obama promised to do just that in his 2014 State of the Union address, and in March, he signaled he was serious about it, adding the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Coastal National Monument.
However, if the “Preventing New Parks” bill passes, we will be right back where we started: with public lands conservation measures languishing in Congress, and natural and historical landmarks cherished by ordinary Americans unable to get the protection they deserve.
Implore your member of Congress to vote NO on H.R. 1459.
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