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President Obama Applies Antiquities Act to the Oceans

September 25, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama today wielded his executive powers to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its original size. The expanded national monument will now total 490,000 square miles. This area, which is three times larger than the State of Montana, will be off limits to commercial fishing and exploration for deep-sea energy development. Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), who has raised concerns about the fact that Presidents are not required to seek input or participation from the public during the application of the Antiquities Act , issued the following statement about today's announcement:

"President Roosevelt never intended for the Antiquities Act to be used as a political weapon to curry favor with special interest groups. If you read the original text of the Antiquities Act it clearly articulates its intended purpose. Over time, it has devolved into a political arrow in the quiver of both Republican and Democrat presidents. If these areas in the Pacific are worthy of inclusion they should have no problem being approved through the open Congressional process, which allows for public input and participation," said Congressman Rob Bishop.