Friday, July 15, 2016

House bill blocking monuments faces veto threat

House Republicans have passed a spending bill that could block a new national monument in southeastern Utah. But the effort faces a White House veto threat. Republican Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah added a provision to an Interior Department spending bill that blocks money for any new monuments in portions of eight states, including 17 Utah counties. The House passed the bill Thursday, but the measure is expected to run into a filibuster from Senate Democrats and the White House veto threat. The vote comes as U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Utah to meet with supporters and opponents of the Bears Ears monument...more

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