No Midnight Monument

Senator Mike Lee
2016-12-20 20:46:56
December 20, 2016 No Midnight Monument Good evening Utahns, I want to let you know about some disturbing rumors we've been hearing in Washington DC. Many of you have been fighting with me over the past 6 years to prevent President Obama from designating additional national monuments in Utah. Now, unfortunately, we are hearing that President Obama is planning follow through with the threat to designate the Bears Ears National Monument. In her confirmation hearings Secretary Jewell committed to ensuring that there would be local support for a monument before recommending monument designation to the president. There is not nearly enough local support for the Bears Ears National Monument to justify designating it. It would be a mistake to designate this monument in general, but it is especially a mistake to designate it NOW - only days before Christmas, during the final weeks of the Obama presidency, after an election that was a referendum on this president's record of abusing his executive authority to enact policies that hurt hard working Americans - especially those living in rural communities. There is still time for the president to reverse course and decide not to designate this monument, and I hope he doesn't do it. If he does make this designation it will be clear that it is time for Congress to take away the power given to presidents to designate national monuments. After working with President Trump to make sure that the Bears Ears designation is rescinded, defunded, and repealed, I will work with the Utah delegation, Utah's state officials, other members of Congress, and the Trump administration to repeal the Antiquities Act - or at the very least give Utah the same exemptions from presidential monument designations that Wyoming and Alaska enjoy. After cleaning up the mess left behind by a last minute, last ditch midnight monument designation, I will look forward to working with the people of San Juan county and the local Native American tribes in the area near Bears Ears to ensure that their voice is no longer excluded from land management decisions that directly impact their communities and way of life. For a stirring example of why these voices should not be ignored I strongly recommend that you watch San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally's statement in opposition to the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument: >>Click here to watch<< Ultimately, our communities are our most precious resource, and I am committed to fight for the small communities in Utah that have been left out and left behind. Washington, D.C. Office 361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510 Phone: 202.224.5444 Fax: 202.228.1168 Salt Lake City Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building 125 South State Suite 4225 Salt Lake City, UT 84138 Phone: 801.524.5933 Fax: 801.524.5730 St. George Office of Senator Michael S. Lee 285 West Tabernacle Suite 200 St. George, UT 84770 Phone: 435.628.5514 Ogden James V. Hansen Federal Building 324 25th Street Suite 1410 Ogden, Utah 84401 Phone: 801-392-9633 Fax: 801-392-9630 This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 2, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isrQHi0uN- Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osrQHi0uN- To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
December 20, 2016
Mike Lee US Senator for Utah
No Midnight Monument

Good evening Utahns, I want to let you know about some disturbing rumors we’ve been hearing in Washington DC.
 
Many of you have been fighting with me over the past 6 years to prevent President Obama from designating additional national monuments in Utah.
 
Now, unfortunately, we are hearing that President Obama is planning follow through with the threat to designate the Bears Ears National Monument.
 
In her confirmation hearings Secretary Jewell committed"to ensuring that there would be local support for a monument before recommending monument designation to the president. There is not nearly enough local support for the Bears Ears National Monument to justify designating it.
 
It would be a mistake to designate this monument in general, but it is especially a mistake to designate it NOW – only days before Christmas, during the final weeks of the Obama presidency, after an election that was a referendum on this president’s record of abusing his executive authority to enact policies that hurt hard working Americans – especially those living in rural communities.
 
There is still time for the president to reverse course and decide not to designate this monument, and I hope he doesn’t do it. If he does make this designation it will be clear that it is time for Congress to take away the power given to presidents to designate national monuments.
 
After working with President Trump to make sure that the Bears Ears designation is rescinded, defunded, and repealed, I will work with the Utah delegation, Utah's state officials, other members of Congress, and the Trump administration to repeal the Antiquities Act – or at the very least give Utah the same exemptions from presidential monument designations that Wyoming and Alaska enjoy.
 

After cleaning up the mess left behind by a last minute, last ditch midnight monument designation, I will look forward to working with the people of San Juan county and the local Native American tribes in the area near Bears Ears to ensure that their voice is no longer excluded from land management decisions that directly impact their communities and way of life.

For a stirring example of why these voices should not be ignored I strongly recommend that you watch San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally's statement in opposition to the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument:

>>Click"here to watch<<

Ultimately, our communities are our most precious resource, and I am committed to fight for the small communities in Utah that have been left out and left behind.

Washington, D.C. Office
361A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone: 202.224.5444
Fax: 202.228.1168
Salt Lake City
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State
Suite 4225
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Phone: 801.524.5933
Fax: 801.524.5730
St. George
Office of Senator Michael S. Lee
285 West Tabernacle
Suite 200
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435.628.5514
Ogden
James V. Hansen Federal Building
324 25th Street
Suite 1410
Ogden, Utah 84401
Phone: 801-392-9633
Fax: 801-392-9630



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