Congress Steps in to Address Continued Abuse of Antiquities Act
WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for taking substantive action on the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act of 1906. These common sense bills from Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) are critical to addressing the deficiencies in the existing law.
“The Antiquities Act of 1906 is simply too broad and gives too much power to the Administration,” said Ethan Lane, executive director of the PLC and NCBA federal lands. “This Administration continues to brag about President Obama’s record-setting abuse of the Act, locking up hundreds of millions of acres with the stroke of a pen. We are glad Congress is finally stepping in to provide balance and refine that authority.”
While the President has already used the Act to lock off hundreds of millions of acres of land and water, still more designations are expected by the end of this year.
Sen. Murkowski introduced S.437 Improved National Monument Designation Process Act. Sen. Flake introduced S.1416 A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Lands Council (PLC) has represented livestock ranchers who use public lands since 1968, preserving the natural resources and unique heritage of the West. Ranchers who utilize public lands own nearly 120 million acres of the most productive private land and manage vast areas of public land, accounting for critical wildlife habitat and the nation’s natural resources. PLC works to maintain a stable business environment in which livestock producers can conserve the West and feed the nation and world.