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Executive Order endangers national monuments


Last updated 05/5/2017 at Noon

Since the Antiquities Act was created by Congress over a century ago, eight Republican and eight Democratic presidents have used it to safeguard iconic areas including the Statue of Liberty, Muir Woods, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and the Grand Canyon.

While Congress can act to eliminate a monument, it has done so fewer than a dozen times since the law's creation in 1906, more often opting to convert areas to national parks. The Antiquities Act does not authorize a President to rescind or modify a national monument – only Congress has that authority.

However, Trump’s April 26, 2017 Exe...

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