Topics

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
House pushes to limit president's right to designate monuments
House pushes to limit president's right to designate monuments

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to scale back the president's authority to establish national monuments, seeking changes to a century-old law that critics say has put wide swaths of the West off-limits to activities such as logging, grazing and mining. The measure, which passed on a largely party-line 222-201 vote, is unlikely to come to a vote in the Democratic-led Senate. Still, Republicans were eager to highlight differences between the parties in an election year. The vote came on the heels of President Obama using his authority this month to expand the California Coastal National Monument. Obama has suggested that with scores of conservation...

Loading