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senate Bill S. 33

Improved National Monument Designation Process Act

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Improved National Monument Designation Process Act

Official Title

A bill to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes.


Improved National Monument Designation Process Act Before a national monument can be designated on public land, the President must obtain congressional approval, certify compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and receive notice from the governor of the state in which the monument is to be located that the state legislature has enacted legislation approving its designation. The President may not declare any area of the exclusive economic zone to be a marine national monument unless: it is specifically authorized by Congress, the President has certified compliance with NEPA, and each state legislature within 100 nautical miles of the proposed monument has approved it. Neither the Department of the Interior nor the Department of Commerce may implement a restriction on the public use of a marine national monument until the expiration of an appropriate review period providing for public input and congressional approval.

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      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2017
    Congress will never approve a national Monument no matter how much the public supports it. Leave the process the way it is.
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    Another bad idea for the environment! S33 seeks to overturn the Antiquities Act, which has been used by Presidents of both parties to preserve and protect important public lands.
    The Antiquities Act has been used extensively by Presidents specifically to work when a Congress chooses instead to dither. Without it, we may have lost many of the places we consider our natural treasures, including Joshua Tree, Arches, and the Grand Canyon.