CONGRESSMAN PEARCE: STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ORGAN MOUNTAINS-DESERT PEAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION

May 19, 2014

Washington, DC (May 19, 2014) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement following President Barack Obama's decision to use the Antiquities Act to designate one-fifth of Dona Ana County to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

"The President's decision to section off one-fifth of Dona Ana County is miguided, and shows his contempt for the legislative branch," said Congressman Steve Pearce. "For years, I have worked to find a collaborative solution to permanently protect the Organ Mountains and promote true economic opportunity for my constitutents. With this land grab, the President is once again going out of his way to derail any attempt for form a consensus, and do what local people want. Residents of Dona Ana County deserve the assurance that first responders and Border Patrol can protect the public, flood control structures will be maintained, ranchers will have their grazing rights, and hunters can have the access they've always enjoyed."