Letters

10.19.17

Grijalva Request for GAO Review of Offshore Leasing Revenue Impacts Oct 19 2017

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva requesting a GAO investigation of the loss of taxpayer revenue due to the Interior Department's change in the way it leases oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico.… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Missing Funds for MTR Study October 17

Ranking Member Grijalva writes to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to explain $400,000 in missing funding for a study on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining, which is known to damage the health of Americans living in Appalachia. The Trump administration canceled the study and has not explained where the unspent remaining funding has gone.… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Ranking Members Request Committees Consider Border Wall Bill Through Regular Order Oct. 12

The ranking members of six House committees write to their Republican counterparts and Speaker Paul Ryan urging "regular order" and full committee consideration of H.R. 3548, the Republican bill to authorize the destructive, unnecessary expansion of the border wall.… Continue Reading


10.02.17

Grijalva and McEachin Ask OIG to Investigate Zinke's Use of Taxpayer Funds for Travel

Ranking Member Girjalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter on October 2, 2017 to the Department of Interior's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into Secretary Zinke's travel costs and associated schedules. On October 11, 2017, OIG confirmed they received the letter and said the invesigation is open.… Continue Reading


09.28.17

Torres and Grijalva Ask for an Oversight Hearing on the Trump Administration’s Puerto Rico & USVI Relief Efforts

To help ensure our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) are receiving urgent hurricane recovery and relief support, House Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a joint letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) requesting an oversight hearing on the Trump administration's efforts to address this growing crisis.… Continue Reading


09.21.17

Grijalva Letter to Gustafson on Carlos Rafael Prosecution Sept. 21 2017


09.21.17

Grijalva Letter to Ross and Sessions on Carlos Rafael Prosecution Sept. 21 2017


09.18.17

Letter to Zinke on Reorganizing DOI for the Next 100 Years

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting his reorganization plan for the Department of Interior (DOI) for the next 100 years. Secretary Zinke has repeatedly mentioned a plan that reorganizes DOI, but the actual memo has not been shared with Congress.… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Letter to Secretary Zinke on DOI Order to Steamroll National Environmental Policy Act

On August 31, 2017, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued an Order to steamroll National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation and review processes. Calling NEPA analyses "needlessly complex," the Order issued arbitrary page number limitations and time limits for NEPA documentation, namely environmental impact statements. The page limits were not met routinely during the last two administrations, mostly to avoid lawsuits because the NEPA analyses were inade… Continue Reading


09.08.17

GAO Acceptance Letter on Legal Opinion for Threatening Zinke Calls to Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan

A Sept. 8, 2017, letter from the Government Accountability Office confirming it will prepare a formal legal opinion on Secretary Zinke's phone call to Sens. Lisa Murkowski allegedly threatening funding for the state of Alaska unless Murkowski voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.… Continue Reading


09.06.17

Grijalva Lowenthal Letter to Zinke on Royalty Policy Committee September 6 2017

A letter from Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) challenging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his decision to establish a Royalty Policy Committee that ignores conservation, snubs states with Democratic governors and is dominated by the oil and gas industry.… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Interior Department Inspector General Letter on Secretary Zinke's Threats Against Senator Murkowski


08.25.17

Grijalva Pallone Letter to Zinke on Halting NAS Mountaintop Removal Mining Study August 25

A letter from Ranking Members Grijalva, Frank Pallone (Energy and Commerce), John Yarmuth (Budget), Donald McEachin (Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations) and Don Beyer (Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight) urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reinstate a National Academy of Sciences study on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, a part of the Interior Department, had canceled t… Continue Reading


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

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