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02.22.21

Chair Grijalva Leads Letter to Acting Sec. of Agriculture Urging Withdrawal of Flawed Analysis of Oak Flat Mining Project Rushed Out by Trump Admin

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a previously unannounced letter on Friday to acting Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Shea, signed by 21 House Democratic colleagues, urging the withdrawal of the U.S. Forest Service final environmental impact statement (FEIS) assessing the likely impacts of the proposed Resolution Copper mining project in central Arizona. The Trump administration rushed the document to publication on Jan. 15, just days before President Biden took offi… 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


12.14.20

Chair Grijalva on Continuation of Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in 117th Congress: "The Whole Country Will Benefit From Seeing Their Work Continue"

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the recent announcement that the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will continue its work in the 117th Congress under Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). Chair Grijalva recently published an op-ed in Politico Magazine - available online at https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/08/biden-climate-unity-grijalva-443650 - titled "Biden Needs to Go Big on the Climate." "The Select Committe… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Chair Grijalva, Subcommittee Chairs Slam Rush to Lease Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain Before Biden Inauguration – Accelerated Timeline Violates BLM Rules

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today seeking an explanation of how the Department of the Interior can move forward with a lease sale in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge when it would be cutting short a comment period and… Continue Reading


12.04.20

Chair Grijalva Applauds House Passage of a Dozen Natural Resources Bills

Washington D.C. - Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) applauded the House passage of 12 bills within the Committee's jurisdiction. Bills passed on the House floor include legislation to protect big cats, reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, and strengthen access to health care for Urban Native Veterans. "This Committee is working to provide real solutions to challenges facing communities across the na… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Chair Raúl M. Grijalva Statement on Impending Trump Administration Lease Sale for Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today on the impending Trump administration lease sale for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. "This administration is ending as it began, with a desperate push for oil drilling regardless of the human or environmental costs. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge would destroy one of the most iconic wilderness areas on Earth for no discernible public benefit, and it's as wrong to allow it now as it'… Continue Reading


10.05.20

Chair Grijalva, Committee Democrats Release “The Melting Arctic” Report Ahead of Today’s Forum on Impacts to People and Wildlife

Washington D.C. - Today Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and Committee Democrats released a new report entitled The Melting Arctic: Climate Change Impacts on People and Wildlife to accompany a livestreamed Democratic forum to investigate the same topic that will commence today at 2:00 pm Eastern time. The full report, available online at https://bit.ly/34oGxQJ, provides an in-depth look at the extreme negative impacts the climate crisis has had on this fragile landscap… Continue Reading


09.30.20

Natural Resources Committee Advances Bills to Protect Boundary Waters From Mining, Remove Confederate Monuments, Protect Public Lands

Washington D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today led a Committee markup to advance 19 pieces of legislation, including key Natural Resources measures to protect federally recognized waters from dangerous mining, remove Confederate monuments from public lands, and support Indian Country. One bill provides federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Bill texts, amendments, amendments in the nature of a substitute, and vote counts can be found at the House of Represe… Continue Reading


09.24.20

Chair Grijalva Leads House, Senate Members in Sending Amicus Brief on Dakota Access Pipeline to Federal Court Ahead of Crucial Ruling on Tribal Rights

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today led the filing of an amicus curiae brief alongside House and Senate colleagues with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a case filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American tribes against the Army Corps of Engineers over permits granted to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Among other issues, the brief - available at https://bit.ly/3i1w6Y0 - cites Congress' interest in "preser… Continue Reading


09.08.20

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


09.01.20

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


09.01.20

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


08.17.20

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


08.14.20

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


07.16.20

Chair Grijalva on Ruling Against Trump Weakening of Methane Rule: “The Administration Tried to Pass Off Pro-Polluter Fan Fiction as a Federal Regulation”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruling rejecting the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) attempt to rescind the 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule. "The courts are now continuously striking down the Trump administration's attempts to dismantle our public health and environmental laws. This decision is another rejection of the president's corrupt approach, which caters onl… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Chair Grijalva and Rep. McEachin on Today’s NEPA Rewrite: “This Country is Facing an Environmental Justice Test, and President Trump Has Failed”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), coauthors of the Environmental Justice for All Act - now a central piece of the House Democratic climate response package unveiled last month - issued the following statement on the environmental justice impacts of today's Trump administration weakening of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). "Americans today are reckoning with the destructive legacy of slavery, neglect and abuse of people o… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Chair Grijalva Statement on Today’s Trump Administration Weakening of National Environmental Policy Act Standards

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today's expected announcement that the Trump administration is weakening National Environmental Policy Act regulations. "Our economy is leaving millions of people behind because the president has failed at his job, not because our environmental standards are too high. This rule change continues President Trump's sad tradition of giving more power to the powerful and making it harder for Americans to p… Continue Reading


07.06.20

Chair Grijalva, Leader of Amicus Brief Calling for Dakota Access Pipeline Shutdown, Calls Recent Pipeline Closures “Sign of What Strong Scrutiny Can Do”

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling this morning that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down and drained of oil by Aug. 5 and the announcement over the weekend that the owners of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have abandoned construction of the unpopular project prove the importance and beneficial impact of public scrutiny of the fossil fuel industry. Grijalva's Environmental Justice for All Act (H.R. 5986… Continue Reading


07.01.20

Chair Grijalva Hails House Infrastructure Package – Highlights Advances on Water Infrastructure, Habitat and Coastal Protection, Tribal & Territorial Funding

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, and highlighted the many environmental conservation and water availability improvements the bill includes. A fact sheet laying out the bill's improvements in the Natural Resources Committee's jurisdiction is available at https://bit.ly/31BWJP2, Highlights include: Investing in modern water infrastructure projects that will provide reliable water supplies in a changing clim… Continue Reading


06.30.20

Chair Grijalva Hails Climate Committee Recommendations – Highlights Public Lands Net-Zero Carbon Bill, Environmental Justice, Other Measures

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and Chair Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) on today's comprehensive report recommending a broad and aggressive policy approach to climate change. The Committee, Grijalva said, has done a vital public service in focusing on the greatest threat humanity faces and basing its recommendations on thorough public outreach. Grijalva praised Speaker Nancy Pelosi's determination to create the Committee an… Continue Reading

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