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House votes to limit president on public monuments

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:43 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:43 p.m.

In this March 26, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. speaks during a ceremony in New Castle, Del. at First State National Monument, which was designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a Republican bill to limit the president's ability to designate new national monuments, a step President Barack Obama and other presidents have taken to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

The bill, sponsored by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, would require an environmental review — including a public hearing — before designation of monuments larger than 5,000 acres. Only one monument per state could be created in a president's four-year term. The bill was approved Wednesday.

Bishop and other Republicans have complained that Obama has designated a half-dozen monuments in the past year without input from Congress.

Opponents said the bill was unnecessary, noting that presidents have had authority to create national monuments for more than a century.

The legislation is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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