U.S. presidents, Barack Obama in particular, have abused a 111-year-old law to grab millions of acres of private land for the government, and that has to change, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Wednesday.
Presidents have made such land grabs without regard for who lived on the acres they designated as protected, Lee said during an event at The Heritage Foundation.
President Donald Trump now can be part of the solution, he said, because the 2016 election put Republicans in control of the White House, Senate, and House.
“Last December, in the 11th hour of his presidency, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to rope off millions of acres of federal land as new national monuments,” Lee said. “As part of this midnight monument designation spree, President Obama designated 1.3 million acres in southern Utah as the Bears Ears National Monument.