Hatch Calls for Liberal Senators to Back Off Push For National Monument

Published on August 08, 2014 at 12:20PM

Credit: Deseret News

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Thursday that his fellow senators who are urging President Barack Obama to designate a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument should stop playing politics and “keep their mitts off Utah.” Hatch said the 14 senators who signed the letter to the president are “very ultra-liberal,” and while he considers them friends, they’re getting involved in an issue that should be left up to Utahns.

The interest those senators really have in the 1.8 million-acre monument is in boosting their campaign coffers, Hatch said. Hatch and other GOP members of Utah’s congressional delegation have already asked Obama to respect the needs of Utahns and ignore calls for a new national monument coming from a few environmental groups “and their allies in Congress.”