Reports the Arizona Republic:
The GOP lawmakers said the Interior Department plan would slow economic recovery in the region and would lock up valuable uranium stores at a time when domestic energy sources are becoming more important.
"At a time when we are desperate for jobs and economic growth, this administration continues to do everything in its power to implement the job-killing policies of fringe environmental groups," said Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.
"This withdrawal is not so much a protection of the Grand Canyon but a government land grab of economically fertile mining land."
(See also related Hatch press release.)