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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday blasted President Obama for his new national monument designation in his home state, calling Obama's move "terribly arrogant."
"It's just terribly arrogant, he unilaterally — he is taking 1.35 million acres, that's more land than there is in the entire state of Delaware, and re-designating it as a national monument," Chaffetz said in an interview with Fox News.
"There is not a single ... elected official that represents that area that's in favor of it, but the president did it anyway," he added.
Many supporters of Obama's move to grant the national monument designation at Bears Ears in San Juan County have cited the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allows the president to create federal monuments to protect natural resources or cultural artifacts without congressional approval.