Sens. Enzi, Barrasso to Obama: 'Don’t Abuse Monument Power to Pay Political Debts'

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Sens. Enzi, Barrasso to Obama: 'Don’t Abuse Monument Power to Pay Political Debts'
Sens. Enzi, Barrasso to Obama: 'Don’t Abuse Monument Power to Pay Political Debts'

Wyoming's senators are concerned with a 1906 law that empowers the president in designating certain areas of federal land as a monument. They say the power could be abused to ultimately hinder American energy development. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has more.


U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined other legislators in sharing their concerns about the president's ability to limit energy production on federal lands - by potentially designating resource-rich land as sites for future monuments.

In a media release, both Wyoming senators say the president currently has the ability to designate new federal monuments. They, alongside the other legislators who wrote to President Obama, say that environmental groups that supported his re-election have asked the president to abuse his authority to designate large portions of land as national monuments under the 1906 American Antiquities Act.

The letter-writing legislators say this type of action could bolster the re-election efforts of certain political allies and generally slow down or even stop American energy development.

To read a copy of the letter, click on the attachment below.

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