"There is much public interest in this matter. It is apparent through multiple media accounts and appearances that you have strong feelings on the topic as well," Mr. Bishop said. "The committee believes that major public policy decisions involving millions of acres of public land should be discussed, debated, and considered in the light of day. … Open discussion and debate in Congress is the best venue for the public policy debate on land management policy to occur."
"These new proclamations are a first step towards protecting identified antiquities without disenfranchising the local people who work and manage these areas," said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.