Press Releases


After Trump Admin Refuses to Testify, Chair Grijalva, Rep. Gallego Question Bureau of Indian Education’s Decision to Open Tribal Schools In Person

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chair of the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, wrote to two key Trump administration officials today seeking more information about the Bureau of Indian Education's (BIE) attempt to open all BIE-operated schools for in-person classes on Sept. 16 regardless of each Tribe's preparedness or concerns about the decision. This letter comes after the administration declined an invitation … Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Seek Explanation From NOAA Following Political Hire of Climate Denier David Legates to Leadership Role

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, sent a letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs today seeking information about the process used to hire climate denier Dr. David Legates as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. Legates has spent his career denying the widely accepted scien… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Leads 61 House Democrats Calling for Trump Admin Suspension of Regulatory Rollbacks That Threaten Health and Environmental Safety

Washington, D.C. - In a new letter to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Agriculture, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 60 other House lawmakers today call on the Trump administration to suspend more than a dozen recent regulatory actions that weaken environmental, public health, and public lands protections, including a new rule going into effect today that undermines federal assessments of the climate risks and o… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva: Trump Administration Bowed to Public Pressure to Stop Offshore Drilling – Now it’s Time to Show Real Seriousness on Climate Change

Tucson, Ariz. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that the Trump administration bowed to overwhelming public pressure in its newly announced withdrawal of the South Atlantic and Eastern Gulf of Mexico from new oil and gas leases, and that the administration should listen to the equally overwhelming pressure to implement serious limits on climate-damaging emissions and protect climate stability while we still can. "The administration took one step today in what needs to be a muc… Continue Reading


In New Letter, Chair Grijalva Asks Interior to Defend Misleading Rationale for New Giveaways to Mining Companies

Tucson, Ariz. - In a new letter to Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Casey Hammond, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) thoroughly rebuts the Department of the Interior's (DOI) arguments for giving away more than $177 million to soda ash producers, a recently announced decision with no discernible public benefit that will cost taxpayers and private landowners for years to come. The giveaways, part of a constant Trump-era pattern, come in the form of a new rule called the N… Continue Reading


As Trump’s Interior Department Tries Unsuccessfully to Spin Ethics Record, Natural Resources Committee Highlights Three-Plus Years of Scandals

Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee majority released a new review of the Trump Interior Department's history of scandals, conflicts of interest, formal investigations and ethical lapses today in a Medium post underlining Secretary David Bernhardt's complete failure to control the sometimes illegal behavior of his subordinates. The review comes after the Interior Department attempted to brag in a press release earlier this week about the strength of its ethics training. The… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva: Trump Proposal to Transfer Millions in Taxpayer Money to Soda Ash Producers is Perfect Example of Trump’s Destructiveness

Tucson, Ariz. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that the Trump administration's draft final rule providing a $177 million giveaway to producers of soda ash - an industry whose output has grown in the United States by about 1 percent per year since 1998 - is a perfect example of everything wrong with the president's environmental and economic policies. The rule - Draft Final Rule - Non-Energy Solid Leasable Minerals Royalty Rate Reduction Process - will be effective 30 days af… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva on Forest Service Oil and Gas Deregulation Proposal: The Trump Administration is Giving Away Our Public Lands as Fast as Possible

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) publication of a proposed deregulation of oil and gas development on National Forest System lands. Under the proposal, the Forest Service - part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture - would have fewer opportunities to push back against potentially problematic lease sales, keep the public in the dark about proposals to drill, and shortcut reviews of ho… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva: Trump Opening Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling is What Happens When Rejecting Science, Being Destructive is the Whole Point

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said the Trump administration's decision to open the entire Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel extraction is the inevitable consequence of empowering an administration for whom the principles of rejecting science and being destructive dictate national policy. He pointed to the House-passed bill protecting the Arctic Refuge, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has ignored. "Republicans talked a big game about l… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Condemns Interior Department as Major Alaska Oil Drilling Project Nears Approval

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the below statement following the publication of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final environmental review for ConocoPhillips' Willow Master Development Plan in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska (Reserve). "This massive oil and gas project in Alaska is a victory for Big Oil executives and the Trump administration's political allies. This project will have disastrous impacts on the region's air, wa… Continue Reading


After Months of Administration Silence, Chair Grijalva and Vice Chair Haaland Lead Letter With House Democrats Seeking Documents on Park Service Reopening Health Policies

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) led a letter signed by six House Democrats today seeking long overdue information from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt about the National Park Service's (NPS) failure to consistently enforce mask-wearing or social distancing standards as it reopens sites around the country amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The letter follows one Grijalva and 11 other Democratic mem… Continue Reading


Wyden and Grijalva on New Interior Inspector General Report: Officials “Orchestrated A Cover-up To Protect Secretary Bernhardt During His Confirmation”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), today called for a criminal investigation into Interior Solicitor General Daniel Jorjani after a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) confirmed that DOI political appointees may have violated a court order by withholding documents to protect Secretary David Bernhardt during his confirmation process. The IG's findings further clarify t… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva, Haaland Slam Trump’s Attempt to Rewrite History for Political Gain, Question Legality of Garden of Heroes Executive Order

Washington D.C. - Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice-Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), sent a letter to President Trump and U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt challenging the legality, use of taxpayer money, and political goals of Trump's Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes that was issued at his Mt. Rushmore campaign style rally on July 3, 2020. As Trump signed this order, Native Americans protest… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Celebrates Long Fought Victory of Securing Permanent, Full Land & Water Conservation Funding

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement in anticipation of H.R. 1957, The Great American Outdoors Act becoming law today: "Today Americans can celebrate one of the most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. Permanent, full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means that this vital program will never be held hostage again. Communities from Arizona, to Louisiana, to Maine, and every … Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva on Trump Admin’s New Endangered Species Act Standard: If This Had Been in Place Fifty Years Ago, Bald Eagles Wouldn’t Be Around

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the Trump administration's newly released Endangered Species Act regulation. "The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to help endangered species flourish and expand back into their former habitats. If this rule were in place fifty years ago, the bald eagle would have been kept at death's door in perpetuity, limited to a few square miles here and there. If this administration can't tell the differ… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Hails Passage of Great American Outdoors Act, Points to Significant Local Benefits of Full Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress' most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. The bill - for which Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) is the House sponsor - fully funds the successful and popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually, well above its yearly average funding level, and creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restora… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Statement on Transfer of 65 Acres of Bureau of Land Management Property to Army Control to Accelerate Building of Trump’s Wall

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the transfer of approximately 65 acres of Bureau of Land Management property - including 53 acres near Yuma, Ariz. - to the U.S. Department of the Army to accelerate the building of President Trump's unpopular wall on our southern border. The transfer was made under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. "The Trump administration has no shame when it comes to destroying our public lands. They app… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva: This Year’s House Version of the National Defense Authorization Act Includes Landmark Environmental Victories, and I Will Vote Yes

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called the House version of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a significant victory for environmental conservation thanks to the inclusion of his Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act and Rep. Diana DeGette's (D-Colo.) Protecting America's Wilderness Act. The House voted to include all three measures as amendments, after which Grijalva sai… Continue Reading


Chair Grijalva Leads Letter Demanding Answers, Action Plan From Trump Admin on Puerto Rico’s Critically Low Census Response

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter today with 18 Members of Congress to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham seeking an explanation of the administration's plan to address Puerto Rico's critically low levels of 2020 Census response. Only 24.9 percent of Puerto Ricans have filled out the Census so far, well short of the state average Census response rate of 61.5 percent. The letter, available at… Continue Reading


House Chairs Question Secretary DeVos’s Delay Distributing COVID-19 Relief for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON D.C. - In a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) demanded an explanation for why the Department has delayed distributing emergency educational relief for Puerto Rico. Congress designated $400 million in the CARES Act to help Puerto Rico address immediate educational needs, and the Department has only disbursed $7 million, … Continue Reading

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