Media Advisories

02.21.20

NEXT WEEK: Hearing on Chair Grijalva’s Public Lands and Waters Climate Change Bill, Border Wall Destruction to Sacred Sites

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold four hearings next week. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Full Committee will meet to consider Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) landmark climate change legislation, the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act of 2019, to achieve net-zero climate pollution on public lands and waters by 2040, and the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will hold an oversight hearing on Trump's border wall construc… Continue Reading


02.07.20

NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Oversight Hearing to Address Insular Territories Budget Requests, Vote to Authorize Water Bills, Issuance of Subpoenas

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a full Committee oversight hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 11, on the Department of the Interior's fiscal year 2021 budget request for the insular territories. Insular budgeting has remained stagnant for decades, which is increasingly untenable as damage from catastrophic natural disasters and the impacts of a stagnant economy demand increased resources. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Committee will hold a markup on several water bills and on… Continue Reading


02.04.20

NEXT WEEK: The House of Representatives Will Vote on the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act to Designate 1.3 Million Acres of Wilderness, New River Protections

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the House of Representatives will consider the Protecting America's Wilderness Act, a bill that includes six previously individual measures that provide lasting protections for key public lands and waters in Colorado, California, and Washington. The Protecting America's Wilderness Act designates approximately 1.3 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Adva… Continue Reading


01.31.20

NEXT WEEK: Hearings on Bills to Protect the Boundary Waters, Preserve Tribal Lands and Improve Bison Management

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold two legislative hearings on Wednesday of next week. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will consider Rep. Betty McCollum's (D-Minn.) bill to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from hardrock mining, and the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will consider four tribal bills. The Committee's full schedule and witness lists are available below. As with all hearings and markups, thes… Continue Reading


01.10.20

NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Markup, Legislative Hearing on Sustainable Fisheries

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a markup on Wednesday, Jan. 15. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, our Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on six bills that make our oceans and fisheries more sustainable in the face of manmade threats. The Committee's full schedule and witness lists are available below. As with all hearings and markups, these events are open to media and the public. The events will be livestreamed at http://facebook.com/nr… Continue Reading


12.16.19

TOMORROW: Chair Grijalva, Committee Democrats to Introduce Landmark Climate Change Legislation Slashing Emissions From Public Lands and Waters

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and several members of the Natural Resources Committee will lead a press conference at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to unveil their flagship legislation to fight the climate crisis. Members will discuss the legislation's importance and describe the path it provides to end our public lands' and waters' contribution to climate change by 2040. The landmark bill - authored by Grijalva and cosponsored by a team of Committee me… Continue Reading


12.09.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Haaland, Former BLM Administration Officials to Speak at Wednesday Press Conference on Forced Transfer of D.C.-Based Employees

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, will lead a press conference at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday morning at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the Trump administration's forced move of hundreds of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees to Grand Junction, Colo., and elsewhere across the West. Former BLM Director Bob Abbey and former BLM Deputy Director Henri Bi… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Chair Grijalva, Committee Democrats to Introduce Landmark Climate Change Legislation Slashing Emissions From Public Lands and Waters

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and several members of the Natural Resources Committee will lead a press conference at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to unveil their flagship legislation to fight the climate crisis. Members will discuss the legislation's importance and describe the path it provides to end our public lands' and waters' contribution to climate change by 2040. The landmark bill - authored by Grijalva and cosponsored by a team of Committee me… Continue Reading


11.15.19

NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Markup, Honoring Native American Heritage Month, Reviewing Report on Funding Shortfalls in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a full committee markup on 8 bills that protect important and iconic landscapes and the communities who rely on them, as well as an oversight hearing in the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States to investigate the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Broken Promises report - available at https://www.usccr.gov/pubs/2018/12-20-Broken-Promises.pdf - and hear from tribal leaders whose communities have been betrayed by chro… Continue Reading


11.13.19

Chair Grijalva and Rep. McEachin Will Lead Thursday Press Conference to Unveil Discussion Draft of Their Collaborative Environmental Justice Bill

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) will lead a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Nov. 14, to unveil a discussion draft of their comprehensive environmental justice bill. The event, which will feature speakers from a broad array of supportive environmental justice groups, marks the latest step in a historic collaborative process that Grijalva and McEachin have used to craft the bill. Grijalva and McEachin led an un… Continue Reading


11.08.19

NEXT WEEK: Roadless Rule, NOAA Oversight, and Legislative Action

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold four hearings next week, two legislative hearings and two that provide oversight on actions taken by the Trump administration. The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife is diving into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's report on illegal fishing, including hearing testimony from Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for the New York Times. The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands hosts an… Continue Reading


10.25.19

NEXT WEEK: PROMESA, Plastic Pollution, Sexual Harassment, Public Lands Measures - House Votes on Three Committee Bills

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold four hearings next week, including the second of two hearings on Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) proposed PROMESA revisions; a hearing focused on the dangers of plastic pollution; an oversight hearing investigating sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior; and a legislative hearing on several public lands bills. The House will vote next week on three bills previously passed out of the Committee: Chair Grijalva'… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Chair Grijalva, Lowenthal To Host Press Conference in Advance of Committee Mining Law Action

Washington D.C. - House Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) will host a press conference at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Oct. 23, ahead of a 10:00 a.m. Committee markup of Grijalva's Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act. The bill updates the nation's antiquated Mining Law of 1872, which Republican congressional majorities and presidential administrations have refused to update substantively for nearly 150 years. The … Continue Reading


10.18.19

NEXT WEEK: Committee Hearings on PROMESA and Protecting Federal Employees From Extremists, Markup on Mining Law Reform

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold hearings next week on a discussion draft of Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) changes to the PROMESA law and, separately, on combating anti-government extremism directed at public land management employees. The Committee will also hold a markup on Grijalva's Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act - an overdue update to the Mining Law of 1872 - and two other bills protecting miner pensions and health benefits. Full Committee… Continue Reading


10.11.19

NEXT WEEK: Committee Hearings on Wildlife, Climate Change, Establishing a Latino Smithsonian Museum, Native American Issues

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold hearings next week on climate change, a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum honoring Latino Americans, a pair of wildlife conservation bills, and two pieces of Native American legislation. Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3160 and S.46 When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building Bills Considered: H.R. … Continue Reading


09.13.19

NEXT WEEK: House Democrats Hold Markup, Field Hearing, Three Subcommittee Legislative Hearings

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup next Wednesday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on a broad range of bills that include several species and habitat conservation efforts, among others. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee; the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee; and Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will hold legislative hearings. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Chair Grijalva Holding Press Availability in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at Conclusion of Weekend Visit to Review Reconstruction, Discuss Environmental Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will hold a media availability at 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday, Sept. 16, at La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following meetings with the governor and legislative assembly leadership. Reporters interested in attending should contact Margarita Varela-Rosa with Chair Grijalva's insular affairs staff at margarita.varela-rosa@mail.house.gov or (202) 748-2828. In addition to those meetings, Grijalva's upcoming trip to Puerto Rico wi… Continue Reading


07.19.19

NEXT WEEK: Democrats Push to Protect Scientific Integrity, Restore Miner Benefits, Develop Renewable Energy on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is holding a full Committee hearing next Thursday, July 25, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time on scientific integrity at the Department of the Interior. The Committee will hold three subcommittee legislative hearings on a total of 12 bills, including H.R. 3794, Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif) and Rep. Paul Gosar's (R-Ariz.) measure to increase renewable energy development on federal public lands. The Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee will take a… Continue Reading


07.12.19

NEXT WEEK: Markup and Hearings on Legislation to Protect Grand Canyon, America’s Public Lands from Trump Administration Industry Favoritism

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup next Wednesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on three bills, including Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which protects 1,006,545 acres of public land surrounding the Grand Canyon from mining, as well as Rep. Ben Ray Luján's (D-N.M.) Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019 to protect Chaco ruins and nearby landscapes from future leasing and develo… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. McEachin to Host Historic Environmental Justice Summit at U.S. Capitol With Hundreds of Participants From Across the Country

Washington D.C. - On Wednesday, June 26, Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) are hosting an environmental justice summit at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium. This all-day event will convene policymakers, environmental leaders and practitioners to educate Congressional staff on the history and context of the environmental justice (EJ) movement, discuss current challenges and policy priorities for EJ practitioners and frontline co… Continue Reading

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