Representative Dean Heller (R-NV) offered this amendment to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, to eliminate the president’s powers under the Antiquities Act to designate new national monuments. The Antiquities Act, signed by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, gives presidents the authority to protect federal lands for the benefit of future generations. Presidents from both parties have used the authority to designate national monuments. On February 19, the House rejected the Heller amendment by a vote of 209-213 (House roll call vote 139). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.