The Antiquities Act of 1906, is an act passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt. This law gives the President of the United States the authority to create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features.
It also allows presidents to set aside huge amounts of federal lands as national monuments which will protect them from future development. The Act has been used more than a hundred times since its passage. Its use occasionally creates significant controversy.
Presidential powers under the Act have been reduced twice. The first time followed the unpopular proclamation of Jackson Hole National Monument in 1943.The second time followed Jimmy Carter’s use of the Act to create fifty-six million acres (230,000 km²) of National Monuments in Alaska.
The worst was done by president Obama who locked up way more land in the last 100 years. President Trump is in favor of restricting president’s power to lock up land and agrees with the conservatives who say that if the land is locked it prevents the community from using the land and creating additional jobs, which the president is all in favor for.
Liberals are of course against this since they don’t like creating jobs but they only want to make it difficult for businesses to do business. They are acting as if reform to the Antiquities Act will get rid of all national monuments, and as if Republicans, and Trump, just don’t care about them. But the Conservative bill still gives presidents the power to declare monuments of up to 640 acres without restriction. If they try, however, to lock up more than that, they would have to meet other conditions, like environmental reviews and approval by state and local officials.
You don’t agree with the over-dramatizing liberals do you?