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H.R. 1050 (116th): ANTIQUITIES Act

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In December 2017, President Trump completed the largest rollback of national monument designations in U.S. history, reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — both in Utah — by a cumulative 2 million acres.

A month into her congressional tenure, the very first bill Rep. Haaland ever introduced was the ANTIQUITIES Act, which stands for “America’s Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States.” The bill would clarify that Congress must officially declare any national monuments. It would also re-expand Bears Ears to 1.9 million acres and designate about 250,000 acres in Rep. Haaland’s home state of New Mexico as federally protected.

The name is a deliberate homage to the original Antiquities Act of 1906 …

Sponsor and status

Debra Haaland

Sponsor. Representative for New Mexico's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Length: 65 pages
Feb 7, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 7, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 47: John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 12, 2019. (compare text)

113 Cosponsors (113 Democrats)


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What legislators are saying

Haaland Question Leads to Administration Official Admitting Climate Change is a Problem at National Parks
    — Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM1, 2019-2021] (Sponsor) on Apr 3, 2019

Haaland Throws Support Behind Public Lands Package
    — Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM1, 2019-2021] (Sponsor) on Feb 25, 2019

Haaland Works to Address Climate Change As Chair of National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee
    — Rep. Debra Haaland [D-NM1, 2019-2021] (Sponsor) on Feb 13, 2019

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Feb 7, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1050 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1050. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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