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02.12.20

Natural Resources Committee Approves Resolution Authorizing Chair to Issue Subpoenas, Bills to Increase Access to Clean Water

Washington D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee today voted to grant Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) the authority to issue subpoenas, and approved several water and energy bills. "This Committee, regardless of who is in power, cannot be an inconvenience to whatever administration happens to be in power," Chair Grijalva said. "And we have never confronted an administration like the Trump administration that sees the role of this branch of government as irrelevant and inconvenien… Continue Reading


02.05.20

Committee Markup on Subpoena Authority Rescheduled to Feb. 12 Due to National Prayer Breakfast

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources markup previously scheduled for Feb. 6, where the Committee was set to vote on granting Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) subpoena authority, has been moved to the morning of Feb. 12 due to the National Prayer Breakfast. Natural Resources is one of only a few committees in the House not to grant the chair such authority automatically at the beginning of each Congress. The Committee held a hearing in September 2019 specifically on the T… Continue Reading


02.03.20

Committee Holding Markup This Thursday to Vote on Chair Grijalva’s Authority to Issue Subpoenas

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources will hold a markup at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Feb. 6, on a resolution to grant Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) the authority to issue subpoenas. Natural Resources is one of only a few committees in the House not to grant the chair such authority automatically at the beginning of each Congress. Chair Grijalva and Democrats on the Committee have sent 25 formal requests to the Department of the Interior for information. Onl… Continue Reading


01.07.20

Chair Grijalva Rejects Bernhardt Offer to “Discuss” BLM Relocation, Presses Standing Demand for Cost-Benefit Analysis and Other Documents

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt reiterating the Committee's long-standing demand for the Trump administration's cost-benefit analysis and other documents related to the decision to move Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters staff to Grand Junction, Colo. Grijalva's letter is a response to a Dec. 31, 2019, letter from Bernhardt, in which he claims without any justification that "the Department can conclude… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Chair Grijalva Asks Sec. Bernhardt for Data on Staff Losses Due to Forced Bureau of Land Management Transfers, Expected Exodus of Senior Employees

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today requesting a full analysis of the staffing consequences of Bernhardt's forced transfer of D.C.-based Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees to locations across the West. The forced move, which has been widely criticized as poorly planned and incompetently executed, is likely to result in approximately 80 percent of affected employees leaving the agency. In today's letter, available at… Continue Reading


12.10.19

TIME CHANGE: Chair Grijalva, Rep. Haaland, Former BLM Administration Officials to Speak at Wednesday Press Conference on Forced Transfer of D.C.-Based Employees

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, will lead a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday morning at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the Trump administration's forced move of hundreds of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees to Grand Junction, Colo., and elsewhere across the West. Former BLM Director Bob Abbey and former BLM Deputy Director Henri B… Continue Reading


12.04.19

New Letter: Chair Grijalva Warns Bernhardt of Potential Liability on Forced BLM Staff Move Without Disparate Impact Analysis – Reiterates Doc Requests

Washington, D.C. - In a new letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt this morning, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) warns of potential legal liability for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) stemming from BLM's forced move of employees based in Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colo., and elsewhere throughout the West. Without analyzing the forced move's potential impacts on BLM staff diversity, Grijalva writes, the Trump administration is o… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Committee Reviews Broken Promises Report That Links Chronic Underfunding to Poor Outcomes in Indian Country

Washington D.C. - Today the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held an oversight hearing to review the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans. The report, released in December of 2018, confirms what tribes across the country already know: that the federal government is not meeting its trust responsibilities and that federal agency spending in Indian country is woefully inadequ… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Chair Grijalva on Interior Dept. Backtracking on FOIA Responses: “Political Appointees Should Not Decide What Documents The Public Get to See”

Washington D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today on the news that the Department of the Interior (DOI) will reverse its proposed changes to how it processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The move comes after public outcry by lawmakers - including former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) - pushing DOI to end its politicization of the FOIA process. "The Interior Department… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Lowenthal Release GAO Report Finding Fossil Fuel Companies Have Avoided Paying Billions in Taxpayer Royalties From Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, today released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding that U.S. taxpayers have been deprived of nearly $20 billion in offshore oil and gas revenues due to a Newt Gingrich-era law that exempted certain offshore leases from having to pay federal royalties and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) policies that consistently … Continue Reading


10.22.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Slam Trump Admin Favor to Secretary Bernhardt’s Former Client that Risks Extinction For Salmon

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) released the following statements regarding the Trump administration's proposal to increase water deliveries through the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) by weakening longstanding protections for endangered species in the ecologically fragile San Francisco Bay Delta. Even by the low standards of … Continue Reading


10.15.19

Chair Grijalva, Leading Democrats Promise Oversight of Trump Administration Proposal to Remove Protections for Millions of Acres of American Rainforest

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and other leading Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee today promised targeted oversight following the U.S. Forest Service's proposal to roll back existing protections for millions of acres of roadless national forests in Alaska. By undoing decades of environmental protections in roadless areas, the Trump administration threatens severe damage to millions of acres of pristine ecosystems, irreplaceable habitats and invaluabl… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Grijalva Letter to Sec. Bernhardt Requesting Documents on BLM Reorganization September 25 2019


09.20.19

NEXT WEEK: Full Committee Markup, Full Committee Joint Hearing, Several Legislative and Oversight Hearings

Washington, D.C. - The Committee on Natural Resources is hosting five hearings next week, including a joint hearing between the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Sustaining U.S. Pacific Insular Relationships. Energy and Mineral Resources Legislative Hearing: Fossil Fuel Development: Protecting Taxpayers and Eliminating Industry Giveaways When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building Bills Considered … Continue Reading


09.10.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Request Documents From Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross on “Sharpiegate” Political Interference, Threats Against NOAA Staff

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today requesting a series of documents on his reported threats against long-time National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials in connection with President Trump's inaccurate, widely debunked claim that Hurricane Dorian would put Alabama at risk of storm damage. The Natural Resources Comm… Continue Reading


09.06.19

Chair Grijalva Asks Inspector General to Expand Probe of DOI FOIA Handling to Include “Supplemental Awareness Review” for Top Political Appointees

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Inspector General Mark Greenblatt at the Department of the Interior (DOI) asking him to assess DOI's "Supplemental Awareness Review" process as part of its ongoing probe of how Interior responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The supplemental review process, begun by the Trump administration, is an opaque internal directive that seems to mandate heightened scrutiny of any response to a FOIA request … Continue Reading


08.07.19

Chair Grijalva Statement on Report of Puerto Rican Accounting Firm’s Potential Document Destruction Amidst Calls for Investigation

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on a recent report that BDO Puerto Rico, a financial services and accounting firm with multiple Puerto Rican government contracts, may be shredding documents following his and Rep. Nydia Velázquez's request for a formal investigation of the firm's audits and work products. "The Puerto Rican people are tired of corruption, tired of being taken advantage of, and tired of wrongdoing going unpunished.… Continue Reading


08.06.19

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Velázquez Call on Puerto Rico Oversight Board to Investigate Accounting Firm’s Contracting Work Following Recent Indictment

Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) sent a previously unreported letter to Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), on Aug. 2 urging the Board to investigate BDO Puerto Rico, the firm contracted to prepare audits or accounting services for many Puerto Rican government agencies. The letter, available at http://bit.ly/2OIEHpd, comes shortly after BDO Puerto Rico managing p… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Comprehensive New IG Report Highlights Urgent Need for Interior Dept. to Take Greater Action Against Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. - The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) today released a new report, Opportunities Exist To Improve the U.S. Department of the Interior's Efforts To Address Sexual Harassment, that confirms in detail the need for the department and its agencies to take stronger action against sexual harassment of employees. Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement: "The OIG has done a gre… Continue Reading


07.30.19

IG Investigation Requested by Chairs Grijalva, Cummings of Former Secretary Zinke’s Email Use is Now Part of Larger Justice Department Criminal Probe

Washington, D.C. - The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of the Interior (DOI) has confirmed that its investigation of former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's email use - an investigation requested by Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) - has been folded into a larger criminal probe being coordinated with the Department of Justice (DOJ). On April 19, 2018, the lawmaker… Continue Reading

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