On Monday, March 25, President Obama will unilaterally announce the designations of five new National Monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906 without first holding public debate. This action will limit recreational opportunities on public lands and represents an overreach by the executive branch.
The American Motorcyclist Association opposes any unilateral executive declarations that do not allow full public debate on the disposition of public lands. Indeed, each of these designations deserves to be considered individually to allow time for thoughtful deliberation and input from all affected user groups, local and state elected officials and Congress before any proclamations are made pursuant to the Antiquities Act.
The designation of a National Monument is significant for recreational opportunities and local economies. While there are cultural and historical landmarks that deserve the designation of National Monument, the AMA believes Congress and the public must be consulted before any action is taken.
The AMA urges its members to contact their federal elected officials and request that they oppose further administration attempts to unilaterally designate National Monuments. Send a letter to your senators today by following the “Take Action” option. Urge them to support S. 104, a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), which would amend the Antiquities Act of 1904 to require future National Monuments to receive congressional approval before designation.