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President Designates Three New National Monuments
The White House announced on Friday the creation of three new national monuments in California, Texas, and Nevada. This move brought opposition from several Congressional Republicans who believe President Obama is overstepping the power granted to him under the Antiquities Act. Due in part to its mineral resources, grazing activities, and location underneath military exercise airspace, the piece of land most Republicans take issue with is the 704,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada. According to a recently released fact sheet on Basin and Range, certain activities such as “livestock grazing and military use” will continue on the national monument, but it is unclear as to the extent.
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