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Stop Congressional Attacks on National Monuments and Protect America’s Parks Today

The Antiquities Act is a century-old law created by Congress that allows presidents to quickly protect places with unusual natural, historic, and cultural significance. Congress is trying to end or diminish the president’s ability to create national monuments on land and in the ocean to protect treasured places. 

The New Year has just begun and some members of Congress already have the president’s ability to create national monuments on land and in the ocean in their gun sight. There are currently over a dozen bills and amendments that would effectively invalidate the Antiquities Act, a century-old law created by Congress that allows presidents to quickly protect treasured American lands and waters as national monuments. Almost every president –Republican and Democrat-- has used this law to protect some of America’s most iconic places, from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon. Half of our beloved national parks started as national monuments. To preserve healthy oceans, Republican President GW Bush used the law to create the world’s largest strongly protected marine reserve (at the time) in 2006.

 Urge House and Senate leadership to oppose these attacks on a conservation law that has helped protect America’s most special places! Help us defend the Antiquities Act!

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