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September 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement in response to reports that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended President Trump downsize Gold Butte National Monument:

“After promising an open and transparent process, Secretary Zinke and the Trump Administration are operating in secret and ignoring tens of thousands of Nevadans who said loudly and clearly that they want to protect our National Monuments,” said Rosen. "No President has unilateral power to revoke a national monument under the Antiquities Act and any decision to redefine protections for Nevada’s national monuments is a blatant overreach. This rash decision by the Trump Administration will not only endanger Nevada's natural beauty and chip away at our cultural heritage, but it will also hurt our state’s outdoor recreation economy by eliminating jobs that have contributed significantly to our local tourism industry. I’ll continue to stand up to this administration, in every way I can, to protect Nevada’s public lands.”

BACKGROUND: Congresswoman Rosen introduced an amendment to the Interior appropriations bill to prevent the downsizing of Gold Butte, which Republicans blocked from floor consideration. In July, the Congresswoman sent a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to reconsider any decision to take the legally dubious step of shrinking Gold Butte and Basin and Range.

Full text of the amendment can be found here and text of the letter can be found here.