Why Trump’s 50th birthday gift is a huge moment
By ANNE BRYANTCNN, January 29, 2021(AP: John MacDougall)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump gave the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court a huge boost on Thursday when they signed an executive order to expand the National Historic Preservation Act, which was established to protect historic landmarks.
The order signed by Trump and his wife was the first of its kind in the country and could have a dramatic impact on how the country views and protects historic landmarks and sites.
The Trump administration had sought to protect monuments and other sites by expanding the act to include the National Mall and other historic sites, including the Emancipation Park.
But that plan was dropped in 2018 amid an uproar from Democrats and some conservative groups, who said the plan could have been used to protect some monuments while not allowing others.
The new order expands the act’s scope to include places such as museums, libraries and parks.
“The National Historic Landmark Act is an important tool to protect the National Park System, the National Capital Region and the surrounding areas from further degradation, vandalism, and neglect,” the White House said in a statement.
“The President is committed to working with Congress to protect our national heritage and the cultural heritage of our country.
This historic, unique, and iconic asset of our Nation’s capital, its people, and future generations will always be a centerpiece of the National Parks system and our nation.”
The new legislation is a major change from Trump’s earlier plans to rescind a key law protecting monuments, including some monuments that are on federal land.
In his executive order, Trump outlined his plan to undo the Antiquities Act, also known as the Antiquity Act, and rescind its protection of some monuments.
He also proposed rescinding the National Monument System Act of 1906, which would have made the act permanent.
The Antiquities act was created by the 1906 National Monument Act.
The 1906 act gave the president the power to establish national monuments.