Green group slams bill curbing national monument designations

The League of Conservation Voters launched ads on Monday urging lawmakers to vote against a bill seeking to limit national monument declarations.

The green group launched the web ads pressing 18 Republican and Democratic members of Congress spanning 12 states to vote no on Rep. Rob Bishop's (R-Utah) bill, H.R. 1459, which will head to the House floor on Wednesday.

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Bishop's legislation would give the public an opportunity to participate in public lands designations in an attempt to end "abuse" by "some presidents" who aim to limit activities on lands.

"This legislation ensures that future designations are the result of collaboration at all levels rather than deals made within the executive branch alone,” Bishop said in a statement last year.

But the conservation group says the bill creates unnecessary red tape that prevents new parks from being created.

“This bill would break the tool that Presidents from both parties have used for more than a century to protect iconic places like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. It’s a continuation of the same extreme views that led to last year's government shutdown and is wildly out of step with the American people,” said Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director for conservation voters.

The Facebook and Google ads will target voters in California, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, South Carolina and Nevada.