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Senate Republicans Strongly Oppose Biden's Dictator-Style Land Grab


Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Senate Republicans Strongly Oppose Biden's Dictator-Style Land Grab

PHOENIX, ARIZONA— Senate Republicans are condemning President Biden's blatant government overreach of confiscating nearly a million acres of land within Coconino and Mohave Counties to designate as a "national monument" near the Grand Canyon.

On Monday, Legislative Republicans held a special emergency meeting in Kingman where they voted to formally oppose the move that promises to adversely impact the state's economy and our national security by devastating critical industries like mining and cattle ranching.

"This thinly veiled effort to appease his radical environmental base as he campaigns for re-election will have dire consequences for all Arizonans," said Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli. "We strongly condemn this dictator-style land grab that will greatly hurt Mohave County and further limit private and state land resources needed for our economic viability."

"Halting uranium mining in this region will only promote our country's dependence on communist China for the minerals needed every day to support our energy supply," said Senator Frank Carroll. "Even the FBI has sounded the alarm that China is the greatest long-term threat to our nation's ideas, economic security and national security, yet President Biden is welcoming a greater reliance on this government with this action."

"The Biden Administration is determined to halt mining across our country and here in Arizona, crippling our ability to meet demands," said President Pro Tempore T.J. Shope. "We must immediately open up mining in Arizona and address other national security risks here locally that are associated with China's influence. Shame on President Biden for putting our citizens, our resources and our economy at risk."

"This move will have drastic implications for the livelihoods of our cattle ranchers who have relied on this land for generations," said Majority Whip Sine Kerr. "There are no better stewards of the land than our farmers and ranchers. The fact that they were left out of the discussion process is infuriating and just wrong."

"There was entirely inefficient notice from the Biden Administration to the residents, business owners and elected officials of Mohave County. This is not how government should conduct itself within Arizona or within the United States," said Senator David Gowan. "We don't need the federal government coming in and dictating to Arizonans how to protect Arizona. We've been doing a fine job of conserving our precious resources and will continue to do so. This federal overreach is unacceptable and unconstitutional."


For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

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