GOP seeks veto on monuments
Citing state sovereignty and economic hardship, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they wanted to give Congress the authority to veto presidents' national monument designations, a power used by nearly every executive since Theodore Roosevelt. The Antiquities Act of 1906 has led to the designations of 136 national monuments, a list that includes the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest in Arizona and the Statue of Liberty in New York. The act originally was intended to preserve lands with cultural or scientific value, and the Interior Department cited that purpose in its opposition to efforts to weaken the law.
Lawmakers upset by stalled Irene aid
A bipartisan group of House members from areas affected by Hurricane Irene expressed frustration Tuesday over a Senate vote that has stalled federal disaster relief funding. The lawmakers are members of the House Hurricane Irene Coalition, an impromptu group launched last week by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. Their frustration comes in the wake of a Monday night Senate vote that stalled progress on a nearly $7 billion dollar funding package for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Albany Times Union, McClatchy Newspapers