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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Shrink Our National Monuments

Dec 4, 2017
Press Release
Quigley: Trump Administration is Declaring Open Season on America’s Public Lands.

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), released the following statement after President Trump announced his plans to shrink and break apart Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments:

“Today’s decision by President Trump is the clearest example yet that this Administration is unwavering in its desire to hand over our precious natural places to extractive fossil fuel companies who aim to cash-in at the expense of our environment. At a time when we must do more to protect this nation’s natural wonders, it’s disgraceful that this president is breaking with decades of precedent to tear them apart. By attempting to shrink these awe-inspiring monuments by as much as eighty-five percent, the Administration is declaring open season on America’s public lands. President Obama created Bears Ears National Monument with the understanding that protecting our nation’s unique natural heritage is not only the right thing to do but necessary to ensure that our shared land is preserved for generations to come. I call on concerned Americans everywhere to stand with our national monuments and parks and against President Trump’s shameful efforts to unnecessarily dismantle and damage these influential spaces.”