Haaland to travel to Utah to visit monuments shrunk under Trump

Haaland to travel to Utah to visit monuments shrunk under Trump
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Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' New Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat MORE will visit two national monuments in Utah that shrunk under the former Trump administration in April.

Her visit comes before the expected release of an Interior report on the national monuments.

In an executive order signed on his first day in office, President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE called for a review of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. Former President Obama designated the boundaries for the Bears Ears monument in 2016, while former President Clinton set the boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument.


During the Trump administration, former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE reduced the size of the monuments by some 2 million acres.

Biden's executive order called for the submission of the secretary’s report within 60 days, or March 21. However, the Interior Department announced Wednesday that the secretary would release her report in April after her visit.

During her visit to Utah, Haaland, the nation’s first Native American Cabinet secretary, is set to meet with local governmental and tribal leaders, according to Interior.

“Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is looking forward to visiting Utah in April to meet with stakeholders, Tribes, and elected leaders. The Interior Department’s report to the President on national monuments, as called for in Executive Order 14008, will reflect those conversations and will be transmitted to the White House following the trip,” the department said in a statement.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyChina's genocide must be stopped How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (R-Utah) reacted positively to the delay of Interior's review on Wednesday, stating, “We must have a permanent legislative solution—with input from Utah's stakeholders—that resolves these boundaries.”


The Utah senator had said earlier in March that the Biden administration "must ... extend the 60-day review period timeline in order to allow the @Interior Secretary time to travel to Utah and tour these monuments."

The Hill has reached out to the Interior Department regarding the reason for the delay. Haaland was confirmed by the Senate 51-40 Monday, one of the last Cabinet nominees confirmed.