"GOP Wants To Give Congress Veto on National Monuments"

"Citing state sovereignty and economic hardship, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they wanted to give Congress the authority to veto presidents' national monument designations, a power used by nearly every executive since Theodore Roosevelt."

"The Antiquities Act of 1906 has led to the designations of 136 national monuments, a list that includes the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest in Arizona and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

But the act has long has been a flash point in Western states, where some residents and officials resent the federal government's level of involvement in land management."

Curtis Tate reports for McClatchy Newspapers September 13, 2011.

Source: McClatchy, 09/14/2011