Letters

08.03.17

DOI IG Confirmation of Preliminary Investigation on Zinke Call to Murkowski Aug 3 2017

An Aug. 3, 2017, letter from the Interior Department Office of Inspector General confirming a preliminary investigation into whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated laws or standards in contacting Sen. Lisa Murkowski to threaten the state of Alaska over her vote against destroying the Affordable Care Act.… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Grijalva Pallone DOI IG Investigation Request

Ranking Member Grijalva and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) request a Department of the Interior Inspector General investigation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's threats against Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the state of Alaska over Murkowski's vote against Trumpcare.… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Grijalva Pallone GAO Investigation Request

Ranking Member Grijalva and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) request a Government Accountability Office investigation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's threats against Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the state of Alaska over Murkowski's vote against Trumpcare.… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Letter to Secretary Ross on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments

More than 60 House Democrats sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to express their strong support for the 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments under review as part of Executive Order 13795, "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy."… Continue Reading


07.06.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke Requesting Explanation of Energy Dominance and FLPMA July 6 2017

Ranking Member Grijalva writes to Secretary Zinke to ask him to explain how "energy dominance" will be implemented given the mandate in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act to manage public lands "on the basis of multiple use and sustained yield." Zinke and his staff have emphasized in recent weeks their intention to let "the market" rather than environmental laws dictate oil and gas drilling on public lands.… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Grijalva Letter Requesting GAO Review of Attacks on Land Management People and Property

Ranking Member Grijalva's June 30, 2017, letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting a report on threats and attacks against federal land management officials and federal property.… Continue Reading


06.29.17

2017-06-29_RG and McEachin ltr to Pres. Trump re_permanent IG for DOI

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) urging President Trump to appoint a permanent inspector general for the Interior Department, which hasn't had a fully confirmed IG in more than eight years.… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Letter to Secretary Ross and NOAA on Allowing Red Snapper Overfishing June 23

A June 23, 2017, letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross seeking information on the administration's decision to allow drastic overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Letter to Bishop Urging Hearing on Wilbur Ross and NOAA Budget June 20 2017

A letter to Chairman Bishop (R-Utah) calling for a hearing on the Trump administration's budget proposal for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The proposal would severely hurt the agency's ability to protect our oceans, monitor climate change and conduct other basic functions -- but Chairman Bishop has shown no interest in an oversight hearing despite NOAA being part of the Committee's jurisdiction.… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Request for Chairman Bishop to Join Requesting Information on Red Snapper Overfishing June 15

June 15, 2017, letter from Ranking Member Grijalva asking Chairman Bishop to cosign a letter requesting information from the Trump administration on allowing overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. The letter never received a reply.… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke Requesting Info on National Monuments Review June 13

Ranking Member Grijalva's June 13, 2017, letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking for information about public comments on the administration's "review" of national monuments and Zinke's travel and meeting itinerary as part of the review.… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Canceling EITI Advisory Committee Meeting June 6

A June 6, 2017, letter from Ranking Member Grijalva to Secretary Zinke on the Interior Department's cancellation of a meeting of the advisory committee to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which publicizes extractive industry payments to governments to reduce corruption.… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Censoring USGS Climate Change Report Press Release May 25

A May 25 letter to Secretary Zinke asking for information on who censored a U.S. Geological Survey press release on newly published climate science.… Continue Reading


05.25.17

House Democratic Letter to Sec. Zinke on National Monuments May 25


05.18.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Grizzly Bears

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to Secretary Zinke stating his opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove endangered species protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bears.… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on ONRR Valuation Rule Cancellation May 4

A May 4, 2017, letter from Ranking Member Grijalva to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pressing him to explain how the Interior Department can "delay" implementation of a rule on the value of federal natural resources that already went into effect. The rule was estimated to generate up to $85 million in revenue for taxpayers each year and would have closed industry loopholes that allowed companies to pay lower royalties than generally charged.… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Grijalva Letter to President Trump on Civil War Sites

Ranking Member Grijalva sent President Trump a letter inviting him on a tour of Civil War sites protected by the National Park Service (NPS), offering Trump a chance to learn more about a defining moment in American history.… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Grijalva McEachin Lettter to Zinke on Cason Review Authority May 2 2017

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. McEachin (D-Va.) asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for more information about the newly expanded authority of Deputy Secretary James Cason to review major decisions and grants of more than $100,000. The scope of Cason's authority to cancel grants of $100,000 or more or to reverse decisions with "nationwide, regional or statewide impacts" -- a term Zinke did not define in his relevant memo -- is unclear.… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Grijalva McEachin Lettter to Zinke on DOI Deregulation Task Force May 2 2017

A May 2, 2017, letter from Ranking Member Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. McEachin (D-Va.) to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting information on a deregulation "task force" Zinke created that seems to operate without public scrutiny or input from relevant career staff with subject matter expertise.… Continue Reading


04.20.17

Ranking Members Letter to DOI on Secretarial Order Documents

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the Ranking Members of all five Natural Resources Subcommittees sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke asking him to provide the first set of reports outlined in the March 29, 2017, Secretarial Order on "American Energy Independence" to all Members of the House Natural Resources Committee.… Continue Reading

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