Hatch Speaks on Working with the Trump Administration on Bears Ears, Discusses Whatís Next Iíve been working closely with the Trump administration from day one to right the wrongs of previous administrations. Within days of his nomination,.......
BigNews.Biz - Apr 08,2017 - Hatch Speaks on Working with the Trump Administration on Bears Ears, Discusses Whatís Next
Washington, D.C.óSenator Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, spoke on the Senate floor about whatís next for Bears Ears. In the last few months, Senator Hatch has raised the issue with both Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump himself. Hatch referenced those meetings in a speech on the Senate floor and emphasized the importance of working with the new administration to fix the damage done by the Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase monument designations.
Iíve been working closely with the Trump administration from day one to right the wrongs of previous administrations. Within days of his nomination, I indicated to Secretary Ryan Zinke that undoing the harm caused by the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monument designations was among my top priorities. In a private meeting in my office, I even told Secretary Zinke that my support for his nomination would depend largely on his commitment to this cause. After gaining assurances from Secretary Zinke that he would work with us in this effort, I was eager to support his confirmation.
Just two weeks later, I found myself in the Oval Office, where I engaged President Trump for over an hour in a wide-ranging discussion that focused specifically on the public lands issue. I have to say, I was amazed at the Presidentís willingness to help. He listened intently as I relayed the fears and frustrations of thousands in our state who have been personally hurt by the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monument designations.† I explained the urgency of addressing these devastating measures, and I asked for his help in doing so.
I was encouraged thatóunlike his predecessoróPresident Trump actually took the time to listen and understand the heavy toll of such overreaching actions. Our President even assured me that he stands ready to work with us to fix this disaster. More than any of his predecessors, President Trump understands whatís at stake here. Indeed, in all my years of public service, I have never seen a President so committed to reining in the federal government and so eager to fix the damage done by these overbearing monument designations. We are fortunate now to have the White House on our side in the fight for local control.
†Last year Hatch visited the Bears Ears area, spoke to local Navajo, and pledged to help them fight back against any damage a national monument might do to their communities. [VIDEO]
The Full Speech, as prepared for delivery, is below:
Mr. President, I rise today to speak out against the abuse of executive authority under the Antiquities Act. Over the last two decades, past Presidents have exploited this law in the extreme, using it as pretext to enact some of the most egregious land grabs in our nationís history. My home state of Utah has been hit especially hard by this federal overreach.
Time and again, Presidents have abused their power under