A U.S. senator says the people who convinced President Barack Obama to make Utah land a monument designation are going to regret it.
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) opposes Obama's action toward the Bears Ears National Monument in his state, which covers 1.3 million acres.
According to The Associated Press, the land is considered sacred by Native Americans and is home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites.
"This is an unusual and extraordinary use of the Antiquities Act," says Lee, "a law passed 110 years ago by Congress that gives the power to the president of the United States to designate a national monument."
With that sort of federal power, he tells OneNewsNow, comes the responsibility to "guarantee that the people most directly affected by a monument designation support it."
Lee says Obama's action affects his state's poorest county, where the people oppose the plan.
"And yet he did it anyway," says the senator, who calls the president's action and "arrogant act overtaken by a lame-duck president."
The senator says he intends to work with Congress and the incoming Trump administration to "undo" the designation. The state of Utah, meanwhile, will challenge the designation in court, he adds.
Does Lee introduce a bill and then ask members of the House to defund the monument?