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End-of-term public lands bill pushed to next Congress after Utah senator demands NMon exemption

The Senate is poised to punt a public lands fight to January after a pair of conservative lawmakers objected to the bill because of a fight over national monuments.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and a bipartisan group of senators tried to get consent to move the package, which temporarily delayed passage of the short-term spending bill, but Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) objected.

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