We got a press release on February 17 from Senator Mike Crapo bragging about co-sponsoring legislation to limit Presidential authority to designate or expand National Monuments.
Two days later he is part of the Idaho Congressional delegation applauding expansion of the Minidoka National Monument in Idaho. Apparently Senior Crapo doesn’t know which monument–or press release– to stand upon. Here’s what he said on Feb 17:
“This kind of top-down directive is anything but collaborative,” Crapo said. “For too long, Presidents have had the ability to sneak monument designations into law without any Congressional oversight, review or approval. This legislation is critical so that the public and Congress can review and engage in any decisions involving private and public lands and designations for national monuments.”
The next day, Feb. 18 he joined in the announced expansion of a monument in Idaho that was apparently just the sort of thing he opposes in the bill he sponsored against those sneaky presidential deals. We doubt he will oppose the Minidoka expansion and can only conclude his opposition is limited to monuments in OTHER states.
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