Sign the petition: Stop the Tea Party's "kill the monuments" bill

The email below is from Harrison Bentley-Bales, a CREDO activist in Denver, Colorado. Harrison started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Harrison pressure the United States Senate to reject legislation that would make it harder for presidents to create national monuments by signing his petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Sign the petition: Stop the Tea Party from blocking new national monuments.

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Dear 5849376,

For more than 100 years, the Antiquities Act of 1906, brainchild of Theodore Roosevelt, has ensured that the executive branch can move quickly to stop business from destroying our national cultural resources by declaring them national monuments.

But House Republicans, led by Tea Party Caucus member Rob Bishop, recently passed a bill that would make it harder for President Obama and all future presidents to protect our great outdoor spaces and designate new national monuments.

We have to speak out now to stop it. That's why I started my own campaign on, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to the United States Senate, says the following:

H.R. 1459 is a blatant attempt to make it more difficult for President Obama and future presidents to conserve our natural resources by creating national monuments. I urge you to reject this misguided bill.

Tell the United States Senate: Reject the Tea Party attack on national monuments.

For more than 100 years, the Antiquities Act has allowed presidents to use their executive authority to protect our beautiful outdoor spaces. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, and most recently the archaeologically important Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado are but a few examples of national monuments and parks created by this act.

Not only are these sites intrinsic parts of our national heritage, the tourism they generate brings visitors and economic activity to places that wouldn't receive it otherwise.

H.R. 1459 proposes to subject each antiquities proclamation to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, which would mean that monuments would only be considered after an average waiting time of six years, during which time fracking, mining, drilling and other harmful activities would move forward. It also limits each president to one proclamation per state per term.

If approved by the Senate, this bill would largely render the Antiquities Act useless and make it easier for corporations to destroy American heritage sites for their own profit. We can't allow that to happen.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the U.S. Senate to reject legislation that would make it harder for presidents to create national monuments?

Thank you for your support.

Harrison Bentley-Bales

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