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11.19.21

Grijalva Praises Passage of Build Back Better Act, Cites Strong Environmental Provisions

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement following the House passage of the Build Back Better Act, highlighting the Act's strong conservation provisions, including funding for climate adaptation and firefighting, drought relief, and coastal restoration similar to the provisions passed by the Committee in September. Chair Grijalva noted the bill's strong investments in environmental justice and funding to increase community input on major federal … Continue Reading


06.08.21

Chair Grijalva Introduces Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act – New Version Creates Virgin Plastic Fee, Includes More Than 1,600 Stakeholder Comments

This release has been updated from its original version to include a statement of support from Oceana. Washington, D.C. - In honor of World Oceans Day, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, an updated version of a bill he initially offered in the previous Congress to modernize federal ocean management policy to account for climate change. The bill limits climate impacts on marine habitats, promotes carbon sinks in federal waters, advance… Continue Reading


06.07.21

Chair Grijalva: We Need a Permanent Fix for U.S. Territories’ Access to Federal Benefits, and I’m Going to Work With Colleagues to Pass One

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today on the need for a legislative solution to the unequal access to federal benefits for U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals living in the insular territories. "Given the administration's announcement today that it will appeal U.S. v. Vaello Madero to the Supreme Court, the Natural Resources Committee will redouble its efforts to work with other committees of jurisdiction to expand access to Supplemental … Continue Reading


04.22.21

Chair Grijalva Introduces Insular Area Climate Change Act With Vice Chair Sablan, Democratic Lawmakers – Seeks Broad Financial and Technical Support

This version has been updated from the original to include statements from Del. Stacey Plaskett and from Prof. Austin Shelton of the University of Guam, and to include other endorsements that were offered after the release was first sent. Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Insular Area Climate Change Act. The bill - cosponsored by Vice Chair Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI), Reps. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) and Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), and Delegates Stacey… Continue Reading


04.19.21

Chair Grijalva Cheers Biden Administration Decision to Release Billions in Long-Delayed Federal Funding for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

Washington D.C. - Today House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) cheered the announcement that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would obligate $8.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds that were allocated for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The Department will also remove onerous restrictions blocking Puerto Rico's access to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funds for long-term recov… Continue Reading


04.16.21

Chair Grijalva Hails Climate Orders From Interior Secretary Haaland: “Real Solutions Require Long-Term Engagement, And This Is a Smart Approach”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the two new orders signed by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland today to prioritize action on climate change and make policy decisions more transparent. "This administration understands that preventing climate collapse and putting our economy on a more sustainable path takes a lot of work and meaningful consultation with people impacted by federal policies. Today's secretarial orders set up our country fo… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Chair Grijalva, Vice Chair Sablan Hail White House Announcement of Gretchen Sierra Zorita as Associate Director for Puerto Rico and Territories

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI) today praised President Biden's hiring of Gretchen Sierra Zorita to the newly created position of White House Associate Director for Puerto Rico and Territories, which will coordinate with Congress to better address longstanding issues of importance to the millions of citizens and nationals living in U.S. territories. "The Biden administration's choice to create this position and staff it with such an ex… Continue Reading


04.08.21

Chair Grijalva, Territorial Delegates Send Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Support Expanding Access to Federal Programs in U.S. Territories

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the five territorial delegates wrote to Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young today urging the office to support expanding access to federal programs in U.S. Territories, including Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This request is in line with President … Continue Reading


03.29.21

Chair Grijalva Will Lead April 14 Hearing on Two Different Legislative Efforts to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Political Status

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced today that he will lead a full Natural Resources Committee hearing at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on April 14 to consider two different pieces of legislation - H.R. 1522 by Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) and H.R. 2070 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) - to resolve Puerto Rico's political status, an issue on which Grijalva said the Puerto Rican people deserve "clarity and closure." More information about the hearing, including a full witn… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Chair Grijalva, Territorial Delegates Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Rejecting Insular Cases as Racist and Contrary to the Constitution

This release has been updated from its original version to include a statement from Reps. Stacey Plaskett and Michael San Nicolas, and additional support. Washington D.C. - Last Friday, in a previously unannounced move, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bipartisan resolution with Rep. Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI), Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI), Rep. Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam), Rep. Jenniffer González-Colon (R-P.R.), Rep. Nydia Velázque… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Chair Grijalva on Confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary: “A Historic Step Toward Redeeming Our Nation’s Relationship With First Americans”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the confirmation of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior. "The confirmation of Sec. Deb Haaland is a historic step toward redeeming our nation's relationship with first Americans. Sec. Haaland will bring to the Interior Department and the Biden administration a profound responsibility and commitment to climate change, equity, and public actions that all Americans will benefit from. Sec. H… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Chair Grijalva leads Bipartisan Letter Urging DOJ to Stop Defending the Exclusion of U.S. Citizens Who Live in U.S. Territories from National Social Safety Net Programs

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and twelve Members of Congress wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar yesterday urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop defending the exclusion of millions of U.S. citizens who reside in U.S. Territories from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicare Part D low-income subsidies (LIS). The lawmakers ask DOJ to with… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Grijalva Supports HR 1, Highlights Many Ways it Increases Justice and Democracy in U.S. Territories Long Denied Political Representation

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced his support of the For The People Act (H.R. 1) ahead of House passage of the bill, cheering the inclusion of hard-fought provisions to increase voting rights, justice and democracy in the U.S. Territories. "The For The People Act is a transformational clean elections reform package that protects our access to the ballot box, reduces the influence of big money in politics, strengthens ethics rules for p… Continue Reading


02.26.21

Grijalva Cheers House Passage of Amendment to PROMESA, Calls for Additional Reforms to Improve Quality of Life for Puerto Ricans

Washington D.C. - This week the House of Representatives passed the Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2021 (PRRADA), an amendment to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The legislation - introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and passed by the House during the 116th Congress - mandates financial disclosures by professionals working on PROMESA debt rest… 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


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


12.10.20

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


12.08.20

House Passes Congress’ First Amendment To PROMESA, More Reforms Needed to Improve Quality of Life for Puerto Ricans

Washington D.C. - The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 683,the Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2019(PRRADA), the first amendment approved by either chamber of Congress to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The legislation - introduced by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) - mandates financial disclosures by professionals working on PROMESA debt adjustment cases before they can seek compensation for their services, with … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Chair Grijalva Leads House Lawmaker Letter Calling for Investigation of Insider Trading by Puerto Rico Hedge Fund Creditors

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and other key lawmakers today wrote a letter to Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), urging "a thorough, independent investigation into the serious insider trading allegations levied against hedge fund creditors in the context of the restructuring of Puerto Rico's central government debt" before any further negotiations take place. The letter, available at https://bit.ly/… Continue Reading


10.05.20

Chair Grijalva Unveils Discussion Draft of Bill Providing Climate Solutions for U.S. Territories, Seeks Stakeholder and Public Input

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released a discussion draft of legislation to reduce climate crisis impacts on U.S. territories and freely associated states. Chair Grijalva encouraged local government officials, organizations and communities to provide feedback on the discussion draft by Friday, Nov. 13. "U.S. territories are facing sea level rise, more frequent and intense tropical storms, extreme temperatures, and serious public he… Continue Reading

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