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Washington, August 24, 2017 | comments

August 24, 2017            
Contact: Miguel R. Salazar, 202-225-9894
Olivia Manz

LAS VEGAS, NV  – Today, Representative Ruben J. Kihuen issued the statement below following recommendations by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made to the Trump administration regarding national monuments. Earlier this year, President Trump ordered a review of 27 national monuments designated by past presidents through the use of the Antiquities Act.

“I am deeply disappointed in Secretary Zinke’s lack of transparency and specificity regarding the review of Nevada’s precious monuments. Just last week Secretary Zinke assured my office that he would take into consideration our concerns and public opinion, but the reality is that this has been a sham process from the get go. His actions underscore this administration’s refusal to heed the voices of Nevadans.

“With the support of the majority of Nevada’s Congressional delegation, leaders from local tribal and conservation organizations, and the millions of public comments in favor of maintaining these monuments, there should be no doubt in Secretary Zinke’s mind that Nevadans – and all Americans – overwhelmingly want to see these monuments protected.

“Secretary Zinke’s unwillingness to publicly disclose his report and hide behind President Trump is disappointing – he seems more comfortable talking to the national press than to the people who would be affected on the ground in my district. This is just the beginning of this process. I will keep fighting to preserve and protect these natural wonders.”


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