10/14: National Monument Creation and Protection Act
HOUSE BILL #HR 3990
SUGGESTED MEMBER SCRIPT:
“Hi, my name is __, and I live in __, Colorado. I am calling to ask that Congressman Tipton vote NO on HR 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. This bill would undermine a decades-old bipartisan conservation legacy by gutting the Antiquities Act, which has been used by 8 Republican and 8 Democratic Presidents to preserve many of this country’s and Colorado’s most cherished natural, cultural, and historical treasures.
Add a personal reason why.. (EXAMPLE: My business depends on protected public lands, which support a booming outdoor economy and many other industries that directly benefit from the quality of life and recreation opportunities they sustain.) Please tell Congressman Tipton to stand with Coloradans and protect our National Monuments by voting NO on HR 3990. Thank you.”
WHO MEMBER IS TO CONTACT :
- Representative Scott Tipton (he is on the Federal Lands Sub-Committee of the Natural Resources Committee) (970) 259-1490 (Durango) (202) 225-4761 (DC Office), https://tipton.house.gov/contact-me
WHEN IS MEMBER TO CALL OR WRITE:
Now. The bill had a full committee mark-up hearing on Oct. 11 and will move to the full House soon.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
As proposed, this bill would:
- Limit the Antiquities Act to “Object or objects of antiquity.” These are defined narrowly and exclude geographic features and natural objects,
- Create arbitrary size limitations for monuments and rules for each, including requiring that monuments be at least 50 miles apart and that the local county, legislature, and Governor approve monuments over 10,000 acres, and prohibiting all monuments over 85,000 acres,
- Give the President authority to reduce and eliminate enormous swaths of established national monuments (authority the President does not currently have), and
- Prohibit national monuments to protect our oceans.
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