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Controversy over national monuments decision continues

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WASHINGTON, DC - President Trump is continuing to face heat from environmental organizations over the announcement that he and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke would downsize several national monuments in Utah by roughly two million acres.

A coalition of 10 conservationist groups along with several Native American tribes are suing President Trump himself, Secretary Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management.

Montana’s senators are split on the issue and spoke to MTN following the announcement of the rollback almost two weeks ago.  

"I support secretaries inky what he's trying to do here is allow the state to have a louder voice in this process. First, as having Washington DC bureaucrats or the executive branch of our government -- I think overreach to have too much power over the States. It's important that we allow public use of our public lands," said Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).

"The monuments across this country have spurred incredible amounts of economy, in our outdoor industries. They supported jobs, they improve quality of life, and I think rolling back these monuments just undermines local public support for these things," Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told MTN News.

RELATED: Zinke defends monument changes, still supports Badger-Two Medicine protection

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