Press Releases

06.23.22

ESA Caucus Co-Chairs Grijalva, Dingell, and Beyer Applaud Repeal of Harmful Trump-Era Rule to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

Washington D.C. - Today, the Co-Chairs of the Endangered Species Act Caucus-Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)-issued the following joint statement on the Biden administration's announcement to rescind a rule issued by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Trump-era rule, finalized in December 2020, narrowed the definition of "habitat" under ESA, excluding ecosystems… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Chair Grijalva to Receive The Wilderness Society’s Prestigious Ansel Adams Award

Washington D.C. - At a reception this evening, The Wilderness Society will present its highest honor, the Ansel Adams Award, to Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.). The award is presented to a current or former federal official who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to conservation and public lands, especially in the current context of the accelerating climate crisis. Past recipients of the Ansel Adams Award include Jimmy Carter (1981), Stewart Udall (1986… Continue Reading


06.21.22

Chair Grijalva Celebrates Historic Tribal Co-Management Agreement for Bears Ears National Monument

Washington D.C. - At a ceremony today, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the five tribes that make up the Bears Ears Commission-the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni-signed an inter-governmental cooperative agreement to formalize their partnership to manage the 1.36 million acres of the Bears Ears National Monument. The five tribes have inhabited the region since ti… Continue Reading


06.21.22

Chair Grijalva Cheers New Biden Administration Actions to Support Federal Wildland Firefighters

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the Biden administration's announcement of several new actions to support wildland firefighters, including taking additional steps to increase firefighter pay, creating new mental health and wellness services, and streamlining the federal hiring process for firefighters. These new initiatives-supported in part by $600 million in dedicated funding from the Bipartisan Infra… Continue Reading


06.21.22

Chair Grijalva Cheers the Appointment of Chief Lynn Malerba as U.S. Treasurer

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on President Biden's appointment of Chief Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe as Treasurer of the United States. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen made the announcement during a visit with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Secretary Yellen's visit, which is focused on the Tribe's economic recovery since the pandemic and use of American Rescue Plan funds, marks the … Continue Reading


06.16.22

Chair Grijalva, Sen. Heinrich Introduce Two Bills to Elevate the Role of Tribal Nations, Protect Tribal Cultural Sites in Public Land Management

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced the introduction of two House and Senate companion bills to advance Tribal management of public lands and to improve protection of sacred and cultural sites: The Advancing Tribal Parity on Public Land Act and the Tribal Cultural Areas Protection Act. The full text of the Advancing Tribal Parity on Public Land Act is available here and the section-by-section is available here. A fact sheet… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Chair Grijalva Celebrates Bipartisan House Passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2773, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA), by a bipartisan vote of 231-190. This legislation, introduced by Natural Resources Committee member Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), will provide nearly $1.4 billion per year to states, territories, and Tribes to conserve, restore, and protect wildlife species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. The funding includes a $97.5 million annual noncompetitive Tribal W… Continue Reading


06.13.22

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Porter Request Oil and Gas Public Relations Campaign Materials

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Katie Porter (D-Calif.) sent letters to five public relations (PR) firms-FTI Consulting, Story Partners, DDC Advocacy, Blue Advertising, and Singer Associates-that conduct PR campaigns on behalf of fossil fuel industry clients. The lawmakers also sent a letter to the American Petroleum Institute, a major oil and gas industry trade group that plays a major, ac… Continue Reading


06.09.22

ICYMI: What Environmental Justice Looks Like (And Why It Matters)

New Opinion Piece in Newsweek by Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale What Environmental Justice Looks Like (And Why It Matters) - June 9, 2022 The Biden administration's recent announcement of a Justice Department effort to hold industrial polluters accountable for damage done to communities of color, Indigenous and low-income communities is an important step forward. For too long, these communities have suffered disp… Continue Reading


06.08.22

Chair Grijalva Cheers Interior Department Ban on Single-Use Plastics, Other Biden Administration World Ocean Day Announcements

Washington, D.C. - Today, on World Ocean Day, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the announcement from U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland to phase out single-use plastics on all DOI-managed public lands and waters, including National Park Service (NPS) units, by 2032. DOI's phase-out plan will apply to all single-use plastics, including plastic bottles, bags, straws, and disposable utensils. "Single-use plastic pollution is a ser… Continue Reading


05.31.22

Chair Grijalva to Hold Public Input Forum on Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft

WASHINGTON - House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will hold a public input forum on the Puerto Rico Status Act discussion draft to seek input from members of the public on Saturday, June 4 from 3 to 8:30 PM Eastern at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. The Discussion Draft was recently announced at a May 19 press conference with House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro R. Pierluisi. Members of the public w… Continue Reading


05.31.22

Chair Grijalva Applauds HHS on Establishment of Office of Environmental Justice

WASHINGTON - House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) applauded the recent announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of plans to establish an Office of Environmental Justice and issued the following statement: "Public health is at the center of the environmental and climate justice movements because they are inextricably linked. I applaud the launch of the Office of Environmental Justice at HHS and the Biden administration's continued al… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Chair Grijalva, Reps. Velázquez, González-Colón, and Other Members to Visit Puerto Rico, Seek Public Input on Historic Puerto Rico Status Act

Washington, D.C. - Next week, from Thursday, June 2, 2022 through Saturday, June 4, 2022, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, including Rep. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), will visit Puerto Rico to seek input from members of the public and local elected officials on the Puerto Rico Status Act Discussion Draft. The Discussion Draft … Continue Reading


05.19.22

Leader Hoyer, Bipartisan Group of Members of Congress Announce Consensus Bill on Puerto Rico Political Status, Launch Public Input Phase of Historic Collaborative Effort

Washington, D.C. - At a press conference today, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Small Business Committee Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico), Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Governor of Puerto Rico Pedro R. Pierluisi announced consensus among key members of Congress on a Discussion Draft… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Chair Grijalva Statement on Interior Secretary Haaland Announcement on Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland announced before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the proposed program for the National Outer Continental Shelf Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program would be released by June 30, 2022. "I'm glad the Biden administration is making progress in finalizing a new five-year offshore leasing… Continue Reading


05.12.22

Chair Grijalva Applauds 9th Circuit Decision to Halt Rosemont Mine

Washington, D.C. - Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision to block the Rosemont Mine's construction in the Coronado National Forest. Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement: "Congress, federal agencies and the American public have given mining companies carte blanche and access to our public lands to profit and pollute for too long. This decision will prevent bad faith mining companies from dumping toxic waste and protect tribal sacred site… Continue Reading


05.11.22

Natural Resources Committee to Hold First Congressional Hearing on the Indian Boarding School Era

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow, May 12, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will hold the first congressional hearing in history to examine the "Indian Boarding School Era," the time period from 1819 to 1969 in which the U.S. government forcibly removed Indigenous children from their communities and placed them into government-run boarding schools to assimilate them into Euro-American society. At these schools, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Nativ… Continue Reading


05.11.22

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Porter Refer Former Interior Secretary Bernhardt, Villages at Vigneto Developer to Justice Department, Alleging Criminal Bribery

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Katie Porter (D-Calif.) today made a criminal referral to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) outlining evidence of a likely criminal quid pro quo between Trump administration officials, including former U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt, and real estate developer Mike Ingram. Ingram is the owner of El Dorado Holdings, which p… Continue Reading


05.10.22

On Anniversary of 150-Year-Old Mining Law, Lawmakers Call For Reform with Newly Introduced Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, on the 150th anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant signing the General Mining Act of 1872 into law, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) held a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol calling for modernization of this antiquated mining law. Chair Grijalva and Sen. Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced their House … Continue Reading


05.05.22

Chair Grijalva Statement on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on President Joe Biden's proclamation designating May 5, 2022, as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Awareness Day. The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland also announced members of the newly established Not Invisible Act Commission, which will advise DOI and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on best practices for combatting the MMIP epidemic and supporting survi… Continue Reading

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