Rep. Doug LaMalfa: Obama Placed More Acreage under Monuments Than All Presidents Combined

Doug LaMalfa

This week in the Natural Resources Committee, we conducted an important hearing and review on the Antiquities Act. This is the process for which these days the President unilaterally can declare national monuments, thereby placing acres that are deemed to be preserved into a monument, which then cannot be touched by human hands as it is interpreted and enforced these days. Under President Obama, twice as many acres were placed into that type of monument status as all other Presidents combined over the history of the country.

—Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R–CA)

Antiquities Act, House Floor, May 3, 2017

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