Power to preserve


For 105 years, Americans have benefited from the Antiquities Act. The law, first advanced during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, permits presidents to designate public lands, waters, cultural and historical sites as national monuments. This authority has proved invaluable in preserving national treasures, the designation having set the foundation for the eventual creation of many national parks...

With all of the challenges facing Congress, here is neither a broken program nor one that promises significant budget savings. Theodore Roosevelt reminded that among the highest priorities of the nation is “leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.” The Antiquities Act long has served well that purpose. It deserves the support of Steve LaTourette and his colleagues