Trump announces $200 million to build a ‘national monument’ to protect monuments from illegal mining and mining-related crimes
President Donald Trump has signed into law a $200 billion monument protection bill, putting the final nail in the coffin of President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish national monuments.
The bill, known as the Antiquities Act of 1906, would give the president the power to designate national monuments in any of the nation’s most populated areas, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Antiquities act grants presidents the authority to designate monuments, including those designated by Congress.
The Antiquities acts were passed in 1906 and 1909 by Congress in response to the Civil War.
The act allows the president to designate a certain number of national monuments, but not a monument that would have no legal significance.
The act authorizes the secretary of the Interior to establish an expedited review process to review proposed national monuments to determine if they meet certain requirements.
The president could then issue an executive order creating national monuments or creating new ones, with the designation set for approval by the Senate.
The president also has the authority under the Antiquity act to issue “conservation orders” to protect archaeological and cultural resources, which require the approval of Congress.
Trump’s Antiquities bill is the latest effort by the president in recent years to secure his legacy and preserve his legacy in the face of climate change and rising sea levels.
The Antiquity Act, the first federal act in American history, gives presidents the power and authority to set aside land, sea, and air resources for conservation.