Press Releases

02.22.21

Chair Grijalva Leads Letter to Acting Sec. of Agriculture Urging Withdrawal of Flawed Analysis of Oak Flat Mining Project Rushed Out by Trump Admin

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a previously unannounced letter on Friday to acting Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Shea, signed by 21 House Democratic colleagues, urging the withdrawal of the U.S. Forest Service final environmental impact statement (FEIS) assessing the likely impacts of the proposed Resolution Copper mining project in central Arizona. The Trump administration rushed the document to publication on Jan. 15, just days before President Biden took offi… Continue Reading


02.17.21

Chair Grijalva Announces Vice Chairs, Subcommittee Chairs for 117th Congress, Looks Forward to Climate and Environmental Justice Collaboration

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced the vice chairs and subcommittee chairs for the 117th Congress. The positions were chosen by the Democratic members of the Committee during their recently concluded organizing meeting. The full Committee organizing meeting will be livestreamed tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Vice Chair: Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-Ill.) Vice Chair for Insular Affairs: Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI) Subcommittee on En… Continue Reading


02.16.21

Chair Grijalva Hails Public Lands Package for Floor Consideration Next Week – Includes His “Grand Canyon Protection Act,” Wilderness Measures

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced that the House Rules Committee will consider a package of Natural Resources Committee bills early next week ahead of a full House vote on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The package includes Grijalva's Grand Canyon Protection Act, which was introduced as a standalone bill on Monday; Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act; and a collection of bills introduced in the last Congress as a package by Rep. D… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Natural Resources Committee Releases Report Reviewing Accomplishments in 116th Congress, Announces Feb. 18 Organizing Meeting for 117th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced the Natural Resources Committee will hold its organizing meeting for the 117th Congress at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Feb. 18. The event, which will be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/2ZbBmRZ (Facebook) and https://bit.ly/3tWlqRJ (YouTube), will include a vote on the full Committee rules package for the upcoming Congress. The meeting comes as President Biden begins to implement a series of executive orders streng… Continue Reading


02.12.21

Chair Grijalva: Trump’s Impeachment Defense Lawyers Just Lied About Events at Lafayette Square – Comparison to Jan. 6 Attack is Offensive and Inaccurate

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Trump impeachment lawyers' false claims just now that the violent law enforcement crackdown against unarmed civilians at Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020, was a response to violence among the protesters. "What we saw on Jan. 6 was a well-armed violent insurrection against our form of government. As Mr. Trump's lawyers well know, the premeditated violence and murder that took place that day bears no re… Continue Reading


02.05.21

Dingell, Markey, Grijalva Reintroduce THRIVE Resolution to Build Back Economy Following Coronavirus Pandemic

As the Biden administration begins to take immediate action to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic depression, Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE) Agenda. The resolution outlines a framework for a bold economic renewal plan that addresses the four current ongoing and intersecting crises: the public health disaster, racial injustice, the cl… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Chair Grijalva: Trump-Era Rewrite of Migratory Bird Treaty Act Rule “Wasn’t Worth the Paper it’s Printed On,” Biden Right to Pause and Seek Public Input

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today praised the Biden administration pause for a 30-day public comment period before finalizing any rewrite of a regulation implementing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Trump administration published a final rule last month attempting to limit the scope of the law and eliminating penalties for the incidental - rather than intentional - injury or death of migratory birds. The rule, which would have had an effective date of Feb. 8, i… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Chair Grijalva: Biden Admin is Right to Release $1.3 Billion for Housing Relief in Puerto Rico – Hearing on Access to Federal Aid Coming This Spring

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today praised the Biden administration's swift release of $1.3 billion in Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help Puerto Rico rebuild infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Maria and the removal of restrictions on another $4.9 billion established by the Trump administration. Grijalva said the Natural Resources Committee plans to hold a hearing this spring on the impacts of terri… Continue Reading


01.29.21

Chair Grijalva Announces Naomi Miguel as Staff Director of Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, Ariana Romeo as Professional Staffer

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced the promotion of Naomi Miguel to staff director of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) and Ariana Romeo to professional staffer at the Subcommittee. Miguel had been a professional staffer and Romeo had been a policy aide. Grijalva noted Miguel's central role in directing SCIP's policy work over the past two years, including her leadership in organizing oversight hearings on climate change … Continue Reading


01.27.21

Chair Grijalva Statement on Today's Environmental Executive Orders: “The Right Way to Start Our Overdue Transition to a More Sustainable Economy”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on President Joe Biden's new environmental executive orders. "The last four years have been a feeding frenzy on our public lands and waters, and this moratorium is the right way to start our overdue transition to a more sustainable economy. We need to think about the big picture from now on instead of taking industry demands at face value, which is why the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solutio… Continue Reading


01.26.21

Chair Grijalva Joins President Biden In Reaffirming Commitment to Tribal Sovereignty and Consultation, Calls for Further Action

Washington D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement supporting President Joe Biden's executive order signaling a renewed federal respect for tribal sovereignty, strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, furthering self-determination, and advancing racial justice for tribal communities. "The Trump administration's blatant disregard o… Continue Reading


01.20.21

Chair Grijalva Cheers President Biden’s First Environmental Actions

Washington D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva released the following statement following President Joe Biden's Executive Orders to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, reverse the previous President's anti-environmental policies, and new racial equity efforts. "President Biden's executive orders today show just how much damage Republicans in Washington did to the planet during the Trump administration and how much work lies ahead to advance conservation and en… Continue Reading


12.30.20

Chair Grijalva Requests Body-Worn Camera Footage of National Park Service Agent Tasering U.S. Marine Veteran at Petroglyph National Monument

Washington, D.C. - In a new letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, available at http://bit.ly/2WTA50Q, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) requests footage from body-worn cameras used by National Park Service (NPS) officers involved in the Dec. 27 Tasering of Darrell House, a Marine Corps veteran and enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and Oneida Nation, at Petroglyph National Monument. Grijalva requests four pieces of information on the recent incident: All footage recorded by a… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Chair Grijalva Helps Secure Landmark Tribal Water Wins, Saguaro National Park Expansion, Renewable Energy, Insular Resources in End-of-Year Federal Funding Law

Washington D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted the inclusion of his Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion Act, along with landmark tribal water priorities, renewable energy wins, and Insular provisions as part of the Fiscal Year 2021, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) set to become law this week. H.R. 133 advances multiple tribal water rights settlements, including the largest water rights settlement in history be… Continue Reading


12.16.20

In New Letter, Chair Grijalva Urges President-Elect Biden to Prioritize Health of Public Lands Employees and Visitors as Pandemic Continues to Rage

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wrote to President-elect Joe Biden this morning urging him to extend his mask-wearing mandate, initially announced as applying to all federal buildings, to federally managed public lands sites as well. In the letter, available at http://bit.ly/3qYaqC9, Grijalva notes that the Trump administration's Interior Department has faced heavy criticism for inconsistent regulations, arbitrary opening and closing protocols, and failures to provide … Continue Reading


12.14.20

Chair Grijalva on Continuation of Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in 117th Congress: The Whole Country Will Benefit From Seeing Their Work Continue

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the recent announcement that the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will continue its work in the 117th Congress under Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). Chair Grijalva recently published an op-ed in Politico Magazine titled "Biden Needs to Go Big on the Climate." "The Select Committee pushed national climate policy in the right direction throughout this Congress, and the whole country will b… Continue Reading


12.14.20

Chair Grijalva on Continuation of Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in 117th Congress: "The Whole Country Will Benefit From Seeing Their Work Continue"

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the recent announcement that the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will continue its work in the 117th Congress under Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). Chair Grijalva recently published an op-ed in Politico Magazine - available online at https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/08/biden-climate-unity-grijalva-443650 - titled "Biden Needs to Go Big on the Climate." "The Select Committe… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Chair Grijalva Urges President-Elect Biden to Implement Puerto Rico Priorities Quickly, Create Working Group to Advise White House and Congress

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wrote to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris yesterday urging the rapid implementation of the Biden-Harris Plan for Recovery, Renewal and Respect for Puerto Rico, and to encourage the incoming administration to create a federal working group to offer analysis and expertise to the White House and congressional lawmakers on Puerto Rico financial recovery and reconstruction as soon as possible. The letter, which… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Grijalva Cheers House Passage of Saguaro National Park Expansion, Natural Resources Bills

Washington D.C. - Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed eight Natural Resources Committee bills, including Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act of 2020 (H.R. 7098). Chair Grijalva's bill will expand Saguaro National Park and further protect the unique Sonoran Desert habitat of the greater Tucson area in Arizona, an effort he has championed since 2007. Under the terms of the bill, the Secretary of the Interior is auth… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Chair Grijalva on Newly Unveiled Portrait of Former Secretary Ryan Zinke: “An Intentional Final Insult to the Tribes He Disrespected From the Moment He Took Office”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the newly unveiled formal portrait of former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "Former Secretary Ryan Zinke left office under legal investigation, and his new portrait is entirely consistent with his smug, unethical, condescending tenure at the Interior Department. Setting his formal portrait at Bears Ears National Monument, which he happily dismantled despite the wishes of Native Americans around the co… Continue Reading

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