Kihuen Statement on President Obama Protecting Gold Butte as a National Monument

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman-elect Ruben Kihuen released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s decision to permanently protect Gold Butte by designating it as a National Monument:

“I’m proud that the 4th Congressional District is home to Gold Butte, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that President Obama has decided to give Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon the full protection it deserves as our newest National Monument. I am incredibly grateful to Senator Reid and Congresswoman Titus for their tireless leadership in advocating for this designation, particularly in the face of disturbing extremism from the likes of Cliven Bundy. This designation means that we now have the tools to properly safeguard Gold Butte’s awe-inspiring rock formations, ancient petroglyphs and rare wildlife for all Nevadans to enjoy. I believe this will be remembered as a major part of President Obama’s impressive legacy of conserving our natural treasures, and I look forward to carrying forward the fight to protect our public lands in Congress.”