Sequestor… What?

Despite sequester, Obama to designate five national monuments

 

Even as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks  because  of the sequester, he plans to use his power  as president to  designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an   administration official.

The new monuments will be: the Rio  Grande del Norte National Monument  in New Mexico; the San  Juan Islands National Monument in Washington  State; the First  State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania;  the Charles  Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and a  monument  commemorating Harriet Tubman and her role  in helping black  slaves reach freedom through the the Underground Railway in  Maryland.

Rick Smith, of the Coalition  of National Park Retirees, said that the  president acted because Congress  had failed to enact legislation  creating more parks and protected sites.

“Americans support and want more parks and monuments because they  boost  local economies, preserve our national heritage and tell our  diverse American  story,” Mr. Smith told the paper. “In  particular, all  Americans can be proud with the establishment of the First  State  National Monument in Delaware — all 50 states are now home  to an area  included in our National Park System.”

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