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Committee Announces Field Hearing on Controversial Monument Designation in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2016 -

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 2:00 PM, in the East Millinocket Town Office, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing on “Elevating Local Voices and Promoting Transparency for a Potential Monument Designation in Maine.”

Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement:

“Unlike the Obama Administration, the Committee will not dismiss the legitimate concerns of Representative Bruce Poliquin and his constituents. The proposed monument designation in Maine’s Katahdin region would be another abuse of the Antiquities Act, exercised unilaterally with complete disregard for local residents, businesses, and elected officials. I thank Representative Poliquin for his leadership on this matter and for inviting the Committee to Maine to hear directly from his constituents.”

  • WHAT: U.S. House Committee oversight hearing entitled “Elevating Local Voices and Promoting Transparency for a Potential Monument Designation in Maine"
  • WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 PM
  • WHERE: East Millinocket Town Office, 53 Main Street, East Millinocket, Maine 04430

The Obama Administration has unilaterally designated more monument acreage than any other president, often at the expense of local residents and businesses. Despite a proposal 15 years in the making, no legislation has been introduced for Congress to consider the proposal through the traditional legislative process, which is designed to require local input. Read Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s (R-ME) request for a field hearing on the proposed monument in the Katahdin region here.

Visit the Committee Calendar for additional information, once it is made available. The meeting is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at House Committee on Natural Resources.

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

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