Obama just named 3 new monuments:
– In Northern California 330,780 acres ranging from Napa to Mendocino County.
-The 704,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument, which is 110 acres north of Las Vegas, and preserves ranching and mining sites, as well as rare Native American rock art.
– The Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas, where the remains of 24 Columbian mammoths from 65,000 years agowere discovered by archaeologists.
Last year Obama grabbed 500,000 acres in New Mexico. As you can read in that story, a local sheriff declared that the land would then be used by illegals and other criminals to conduct business because one land is declared to be a monument local law enforcement has a hard time patrolling the area. See the videos below for comments from one Congressman on this problem.
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), said bitterly, “President Obama has shown complete disdain for Congress and the people of Nevada, California and Texas.” Headded:
Following the example of Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration is using and abusing the Antiquities Act as a political weapon. The worst part is that the act doesn’t guarantee public input. In fact, the vast majority of monuments that have been created through the Antiquities Act were created with no public input whatsoever. The people in the counties deserve the right to continue their work on locally-driven land initiatives without threats like these hanging over their heads.
Bishop was echoed byRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) , who wrote:
Presidents should be barred from using the Antiquities Act within a county that has enacted a land management plan. The Congressional process guarantees public involvement and ensures that all local interests are considered. To avoid the debacle that is now Lincoln County, any county participating in a local planning process should demand such an exemption be included in the final bill, I know that I will.Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), D-Napa, who pushed for the naming of the Berryessa monument, relented when opponents urged him to exclude Lake Berryessa the monument out of concern that recreational seacraft would be banned at the lake.