Press Releases

03.22.22

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Porter Statement on the Announcement of Ambassador Joe Yun as New Presidential Envoy

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Katie Porter (D-Calif.) today released the following joint statement regarding the announcement of Ambassador Joe Yun as the new Special Presidential Envoy for negotiations with the Freely Associated States-the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau-to extend the Compacts of Free Association: "Ambassador Yun is an accomplished di… Continue Reading


03.19.22

Chair Grijalva Statement on the Passing of Natural Resources Committee Chair Emeritus Don Young

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), a 49-year member of Congress, Dean of the House, and Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources from 1995 to 2001: "Representative Young was a pillar of Alaska, leaving behind a legacy as immense as his state. He has been a leader and institution on the Committee and I'm grateful for the path he charted as Chair for six years. I am deeply saddened b… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Chair Grijalva Invites Fossil Fuel Executives to Testify on Increased Gas Prices Amid Industry’s Record Profits, Unused Drilling Permits

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent invitations to the chief executive officers of three fossil fuel companies-EOG Resources, Devon Energy Corporation, and Occidental Petroleum-to testify at a Committee on Natural Resources hearing to be held Tuesday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. The hearing will examine the fossil fuel industry's failure to help stabilize American gasoline prices, which have skyrocketed in the weeks following Vladimir Putin's brutal and d… Continue Reading


03.17.22

Chair Grijalva Applauds Interior Department Guidance on Orphaned Wells, Announces Hearing on Legacy Pollution Clean-Up Programs

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the release of draft guidance from the U.S. Department of the Interior outlining how states should apply for grant funds to plug and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells. The initial $775 million in grant funding is part of the $4.7 billion that was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for addressing orphaned wells. The draft guidance also lays out best practices for using the funds, i… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Natural Resources Committee to Hold Historic Full Committee Markup on Chair Grijalva’s RESPECT Act Tomorrow

THIS MARKUP HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee markup on the RESPECT Act (H.R. 3587) tomorrow, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The livestream of the hearing can be viewed at https://youtu.be/qVfyY28y-Fo. The RESPECT Act will codify into law that federal agencies must consult with tribal governments before taking federal actions that may impact tribal lands, rights, resources, or citizens. Tomorrow's m… Continue Reading


03.09.22

Chair Grijalva and Ranking Member Westerman Introduce Bill to Address Human Rights Abuses in International Conservation

Washington, D.C. - House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) today introduced the Advancing Human Rights-Centered International Conservation Act of 2022 to strengthen human rights standards for the U.S. Department of the Interior's international conservation grants. The bill addresses findings of a multi-year bipartisan Committee investigation into alleged human rights abuses at the hands of park rangers and "eco-guar… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Chair Grijalva Blasts Fish and Wildlife Service Finding that Pesticide Malathion Does Not Jeopardize Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today expressed disappointment in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) newly released final biological opinion, which determined that malathion-a dangerous and likely carcinogenic pesticide linked to developmental disorders in children-does not jeopardize a single endangered species. The new findings starkly contradict the draft biological opinion on malathion released in April 2021, which concluded that ongoing use of the pest… Continue Reading


03.08.22

Chair Grijalva Applauds Biden Administration for Banning Russian Oil & Gas

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued a statement applauding President Biden's action to ban imports of Russian oil and gas. "I applaud President Biden's action to ban Russian oil and gas in the United States, and the increased measures to further sanction Putin and his oligarchic henchman. We cannot continue to leave the American people susceptible to an unsustainable energy source dictated by foreign conflicts and held to the whim of oil and gas corporate gia… Continue Reading


03.04.22

ICYMI: Chair Grijalva Blasts Fossil Fuel Industry for Shameless Propaganda Following Putin’s Violent Attack on Ukraine

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today published an opinion piece in The Guardian sharply criticizing the fossil fuel industry for its blatant opportunism following Vladimir Putin's catastrophic, deadly invasion of Ukraine. Mere days after the attack, industry rhetoric advocating for more oil and gas leasing and drilling on U.S. public lands and waters soon inundated social media and opinion pieces under the false pretenses of asserting "energy independence." "Our top … Continue Reading


03.03.22

Natural Resources Committee to Hold First Congressional Hearing Examining Tribal Co-Management of Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will convene the full Natural Resources Committee for an oversight hearing titled, "Examining the History of Federal Lands and the Development of Tribal Co-Management" on March 8 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The livestream of the hearing can be viewed here. The hearing will be the first in congressional history to examine tribal land dispossession enacted by the U.S. government and the impact of dispossession on federal land management p… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Chair Grijalva Praises Biden Administration for Accepting Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Court Decision

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will not appeal the Jan. 27 federal court decision to strike down Lease Sale 257, the U.S. Department of the Interior's 80-million-acre lease sale held in the Gulf of Mexico on Nov. 17. In the January ruling, the U.S. District Court judge eviscerated the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's environmental assessment for the sale, criticizing it fo… Continue Reading


03.01.22

Chair Grijalva Applauds White House Decision to Increase Federal Disaster Funding for Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on President Biden's decision to authorize additional federal funding for disaster recovery in Puerto Rico. "The nearly 3.2 million U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico have been dealt blow after blow by hurricanes, earthquakes, financial hardship, and a former president that tried to ignore all of the above," Grijalva said. "I am pleased to be working with an administratio… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Chair Grijalva Speaks with Imprisoned Indigenous Activist Leonard Peltier, Sends Updated Clemency Request to President Biden

Tucson, Ariz. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) on Feb. 17 spoke over the phone with imprisoned American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier, who is currently being held at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla., to inquire about his health and current clemency status. Mr. Peltier tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan.28, complicating existing underlying health conditions for the 77-year-old. Peltier, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians,… Continue Reading


02.22.22

Chair Grijalva Cheers $1.7 Billion for Tribal Water Rights Settlements, Visits Gila River Indian Community with Interior Sec. Haaland

Tucson, Ariz. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior's announcement to invest $1.7 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to fulfill settlements for tribal water rights claims. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made the announcement during a visit to southwestern Arizona to examine the effects of ongoing drought in the West. "Today's announcement is a long-awaited moment in history, and I celebrate it proudly,… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Chair Grijalva and Rules Committee Chair McGovern Examine Indigenous Food Insecurity, Request GAO Inquiry

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of the House Natural Resources Committee and Chair James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) of the House Rules Committee today examined the ongoing injustice of food insecurity among Indigenous communities in the U.S. at a joint roundtable discussion titled Ending Hunger in America: Indigenous Nutrition and Food Systems. The issue prompted the lawmakers, together with Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-Okla.), to send an inquiry request to th… Continue Reading


02.18.22

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Launch of New White House Environmental Justice Screening Tool

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement after the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) launched the beta version of its Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. The tool will help define and map communities that have been subjected to environmental injustices. "I am pleased that the Biden administration is quite literally putting environmental justice communities on the map with its new … Continue Reading


02.16.22

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Inspector General Report that Former Secretary Zinke Used Office for Personal Gain, Lied to Ethics Officials

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement about a report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) finding that former DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke, in pursuing a brewery as part of a larger development near his residential property in Whitefish, Mont., violated his ethics obligations, used federal resources for personal gain, and lied to ethics officials and the media. The report was requested i… Continue Reading


02.16.22

House Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Historic Environmental Justice For All Act

Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee yesterday held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2021, the Environmental Justice For All Act. The hearing marks the culmination of a historic years-long effort by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to gather and incorporate public input, both in person and through an innovative online process, into comprehensive environmental justice legislation. As Chair Grijalva emphas… Continue Reading


02.14.22

Natural Resources Committee to Hold Pivotal Legislative Hearing on Environmental Justice For All Act Tomorrow

Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee will convene the full Committee for a legislative hearing on the Environmental Justice For All Act tomorrow, Feb. 15 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The livestream of the hearing can be viewed at https://youtu.be/76buBAaCN9E. Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) introduced the Environmental Justice For All Act on March 18, 2021 after a years-long inclusive, transparent, and c… Continue Reading


02.14.22

Chair Grijalva Receives National Congress of American Indians’ 2022 Congressional Leadership Award

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) received the 2022 Congressional Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) during the 2022 State of Indian Nations & Executive Council Winter Session. The prestigious award recognizes members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership in and are champions of issues important to tribal nations. Upon accepting the award, Grijalva said, "We're looking at an opportun… Continue Reading

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