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Senate bill would reverse Trump’s NMon cuts, but little chance of passgage

Were they 18 Republican senators instead of 18 Democrats, the attempt to reverse President Trump's move to shrink two national monuments in Utah might prove worth watching, but with Republican majorities in the House and Senate, it likely will prove to be nothing more than a Hail Mary. Even more so when you realize the legislation would create a larger Bears Ears National Monument than President Obama did.

The legislation U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and 17 other senators introduced alls for enhanced "protections for national monuments against the Trump administration’s unprecedented attacks on public lands." Dubbed America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (or ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018, the measure if passed would reinforce Congress’ intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: that only Congress has the authority to modify a national monument designation.


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