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 Hearing

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. ___

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2IXNe2r

Bills Considered:

  • Discussion Draft H.R. _____ (Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva), “To amend the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act or ‘PROMESA,’ and for other purposes.” 

Witness List: 

Panel I

Mr. Omar Marrero

Executive Director

Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority

Ms. Natalie Jaresko

Executive Director

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Panel II

The Honorable Carmelo Ríos

Majority Leader

Senate of Puerto Rico 

The Honorable Eduardo Bhatia Gautier

Minority Leader

Senate of Puerto Rico

The Honorable Carlos Méndez-Núñez


Puerto Rico House of Representatives

Mr. Rafael Hernández

Minority Leader

Puerto Rico House of Representatives

Panel III

Ms. Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto


City of San Juan

This will be Day One of two hearings on the topic. More information will be delivered at a later date.

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: No More Standoffs: Protecting Federal Employees and Ending the Culture of Anti-Government Attacks and Abuse 

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Livestream: http://bit.ly/33GcpOS

Witness List:

Mr. Dan Nichols 

Rancher and Former County Supervisor 

Diamond, Oregon  

Professor Peter A. Walker 

Department of Geology 

University of Oregon 

Eugene, Oregon  

Ms. Anne-Marie Fennell 


Natural Resources and Environment Team 

U.S. Government Accountability Office 

Ms. Katie Tubb 

Senior Policy Analyst 

The Heritage Foundation

Full Committee Markup

Hearing: Full Committee Markup on H.R. 934, H.R. 935, H.R. 2579 

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Livestream: http://bit.ly/32sZuQb   

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 934 (Rep. Bobby Scott), To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to include certain retirees in the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan, and for other purposes. “Health Benefits for Miners Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 935 (Rep. McKinley), To provide for transfers to the 1974 UMWA pension plan and a reduction in the minimum age for allowable in-service distributions. “Miners Pension Protection Act.” 
  • H.R. 2579 (Rep. Grijalva), To modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, and for other purposes. “Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019.”