GOP members target National Monument Act

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A U.S. House Committee is considering undoing a 1906 federal law that Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bush have used to protect sensitive public lands...

...But environmental groups say research has found in almost every case, the designation results in growth in employment, personal income and per capita income.

"These bills are out of touch with what the American people care about," said Ryan Bidwell, associate director of the National Monuments Campaign at The Wilderness Society. "Another barrage in a long line of misguided attacks on our lands and waters, and on our recreation economy."