GOP critics: Obama is using archaic law to control too much government land

GOP critics: Obama is using archaic law to control too much government land
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President Obama has used a 100-year-old law call the Antiquities Act 13 times to limit public use of government-owned land, a move some Republicans say is evidence of an overpowered executive branch. Obama's actions have affected more than one million acres of land and more than 500,000 square miles of ocean, which are subject to use restrictions for the purpose of conservation.

"[T]he Antiquities Act is abused by presidents of both parties to enact large-scale designations that ultimately are intended to limit specific uses and activities on vast tracts of public lands," said a spokesperson for Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who has sponsored legislation to limit the use of the Antiquities Act.

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.