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Chair Grijalva Will Announce Push for Permanent Grand Canyon-Area Mining Moratorium at South Rim Press Conference This Saturday

Tucson, Ariz. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will announce a legislative push for a permanent moratorium on new mining claims near the Grand Canyon at a press conference this Saturday at Mather Point Amphitheater, located just east of Mather Point at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Grijalva will unveil the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which he will formally introduce on Feb. 26, the one-hundred-year anniversary of the park's establishment. In 2012, then-Interi… Continue Reading


Natural Resources Committee Hosts Forum on African-American Cultural Heritage and Environmental Justice

In honor of Black History Month, the Natural Resources Committee hosted a forum led by Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) to openly discuss the countless contributions the African-American community has made to the environmental and conservation movements. The Members of Congress and panelists discussed the important roles the African-American community plays in protecting our natural and cultural resources, including preserving historical sites, combatting climate change, supporting renewab… Continue Reading


Grijalva, Cummings and Speier Express Concern with Forest Service’s Failure to Address Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 14, 2019)-Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; and Rep. Jackie Speier, the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, issued the following statement in response to a new report from the Department of Agriculture Inspector General identifying numerous failures by management in U.S. Forest Service Region 5. The report i… Continue Reading


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: At Hearing Today, Natural Resources Committee Assesses Climate Change Risks to Public Lands and Treasured Sites

Washington D.C. - Today the Natural Resources Committee continued its historic series on climate change impacts across the country with a hearing in the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public lands - led by Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) - on Climate Change and Public Lands: Examining Impacts and Considering Adaptation Opportunities. Expert witnesses suggested our public lands, national parks, and historic sites face a grim future without more aggressive action to combat climate change. … Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Calls on President Trump to Withdraw Nomination of Barry Myers to Head NOAA Over Sexual Harassment Settlement Revelations

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called on President Trump to withdraw the nomination of Barry Myers to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Myers is the former chief executive of AccuWeather, which paid out a recently reported $290,000 settlement as part of an agreement that states the company subjected women to "sexual harassment and a hostile work environment" during his tenure. As the Washington Post recently reported: The agreeme… Continue Reading


In New Letter, Chair Grijalva and Subcommittee Chair Lowenthal Press Acting Secretary Bernhardt for Documents on Canceling Mining Health Impact Study

Washington, D.C. - In a new letter sent today, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), the chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, ask Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt for documents, communications, and other information on the 2017 cancellation of a National Academy of Sciences study on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining. Department of the Interior (DOI) officials initially billed the cancellation as part of a … Continue Reading


In New Letter, Chair Grijalva and Subcommittee Chair TJ Cox Request Calendars, Schedule Information From Acting Interior Secretary Bernhardt

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. TJ Cox (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt late yesterday requesting calendars prepared by him or on his behalf after July 24, 2017. The letter, which also requests any Meeting Proposal Information Forms submitted to his office after July 4, 2017, is available at The lawmakers emphasize their concern that Bernhar… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Champions Bold Climate Action, Supports Green New Deal Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced his support for the Green New Deal resolution unveiled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and other Congressional Democrats. Grijalva, who yesterday led the first in a monthlong series of hearings on climate change in the Natural Resources Committee, said he is excited to work with supporters of the plan throughout the 116th Congress to reduce U.S. emissions and build a more sustainable e… Continue Reading


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: House Natural Resources Committee Holds Historic Hearing on Climate Change Impacts

Washington D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee, led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), held the first hearing today of a monthlong series on climate change impacts to communities and the need for strong new federal policies. The hearing, titled Climate Change: Impacts and the Need to Act, was the first on climate change in this Committee since June of 2009. Video highlights from today's hearing are available below. Witness testimony and Chair Grijalva's opening statement, amon… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva: Trump’s Expected Failure to Meaningfully Address Climate Change Underscores Why We’re Holding Our Wednesday Morning Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said that President Trump's expected failure to meaningfully address climate change in tonight's State of the Union underscores the pressing need for congressional action and throws a spotlight on the Natural Resources Committee hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on how climate change has impacted communities across the country. That hearing - which will feature testimony from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) and Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), am… Continue Reading


REMINDER: Natural Resources Committee Hearing This Wednesday Kicks Off Month of Climate Change Action

Washington, D.C. - The Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing on climate change and impacted communities at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Longworth 1324 on Capitol Hill. The hearing, led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and titled Climate Change: Impacts and the Need to Act, kicks off a month of climate change hearings in the Committee and its subcommittees. The Wednesday morning event can be viewed via livestream at As with all Comm… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Press Uranium Companies For Information on Lobbying Efforts With Trump Administration

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) sent a letter today asking Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy, two major uranium companies, to clarify the extent of their influence in the Department of Interior's (DOI) decision to classify uranium as a critical mineral and in the ongoing Department of Commerce (DOC) investigation into the uranium supply as a matter of national security. You can read the full letter … Continue Reading


Full February Hearing Schedule Announced – Thursday Hearing in Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Panel Will Focus on Climate Change and Ocean Health

Washington, D.C. - The Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time in Longworth 1324 on climate change and ocean health. A full witness list is available below. As with all Committee hearings, the event is open to press and the public. Thursday's hearing is the second in a monthlong series of Committee hearings on climate change impacts in our jurisdiction. The remaining hearing schedule is included at the end of this press release.… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Statement on Nomination of David Bernhardt to Serve as Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the nomination of David Bernhardt to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior. "David Bernhardt spent much of his career lobbying for fossil fuel and agricultural interests, and the president putting him in charge of regulating his former clients is a perfect example of everything wrong with this administration. We intend to conduct vigorous oversight of Mr. Bernhardt's industry ties and how they m… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva, Leading Committee Democrats Challenge Administration’s Decision to Lease Sensitive Tribal Land in New Mexico

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and key Democratic leaders of the House Committee on Natural Resources today challenged the Trump administration's decision to advance an oil and gas lease sale on culturally significant tribal land in New Mexico. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) worked behind the scenes to advance the leasing process during the 35-day government shutdown while tribes lacked access to food, health care and other basic resources. The leased area would… Continue Reading


Natural Resources Committee Approves Rules Package With Amendments, Subcommittee Membership For the 116th Congress

Washington D.C. - The Natural Resources Committee today approved the Committee rules package and subcommittee membership for the 116th Congress. The organizing meeting was led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Click here to view Chair Grijalva's full opening statement. Click here for a Medium explainer on the Natural Resources Committee's operations and jurisdiction. Click here for a list of Committee membership and Subcommittee chairs and ranking members. Click here to view the Co… Continue Reading


Chair Raúl M. Grijalva Announces Natural Resources Committee Democratic Leadership Team

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced the Democratic leadership team and subcommittee memberships of the Natural Resources Committee for the 116th Congress. Photo highlights of the recently concluded Democratic organizing meeting are available at "Protecting our environment, taking climate change seriously, and putting the public interest first are not optional on this Committee, and that's what Democrats are going to do every day for t… Continue Reading


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic Forum Exposes Trump Admin Oil and Gas Favoritism During Shutdown, Raises New Questions

Washington, D.C. - A Democratic forum yesterday led by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) revealed severe shutdown impacts across the country, from renewable energy to tourism to tribal consultation, and underscored the Trump administration's brazen favoritism toward the oil and gas industry throughout the shutdown. Shortly after the forum concluded, Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tweeted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had sudden… Continue Reading


Chairman Grijalva, Velázquez, Thompson Call for Investigation into HUD Departure, Interference in Puerto Rico Disbursements

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) wrote the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calling for an investigation into a Washington Post report that a top official at HUD left the agency due to disagreements with other members of the Trump Administration. The letter requests an investigation into the claim that President Trump had instructed cabinet members not to disburse funds for Puer… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva, Reps. Huffman & Lowenthal to BLM: Protect the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

Washington, D.C.- Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) wrote to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Deputy Director Brian Steed today urging him to protect Special Areas and the remarkable ecological values in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The National Petroleum Reserve contains extraordinary wildlife, habitat, and subsistence resources, including the Teshekpuk Lake, the most ecologically rich wetlands in the circumpola… Continue Reading

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