Durbin Statement On Restoration Of Grand Staircase-Escalante And Bears Ears National Monuments

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced the restoration of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the restoration and expansion the Bears Ears National Monument:

“Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante are national treasures. I commend President Biden for restoring these unique places so Americans can experience them for generations to come. It's our duty to protect our awe-inspiring public lands.”

In April, Durbin and a group of U.S. Senators wrote to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to express their strong support for President Biden’s restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. These two National Monuments were unlawfully shrunk by the previous administration, putting at risk their treasured landscapes and irreplaceable cultural resources.