Press Releases


Grijalva: Sec. Perdue’s Answers to Questions Reaffirm My Support for Continuing Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Moratorium

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said a response from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to his questions about the agency's recent recommendation to consider canceling a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon has only strengthened his support for keeping the moratorium in place. Perdue was responding to Grijalva's Nov. 3 letter, which noted that the USFS review "offers no analysis or justification for lifting the morator… Continue Reading


Grijalva Congratulates Committee Staffer Matt Strickler on Appointment as Virginia’s Next Secretary of Natural Resources

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today congratulated Matt Strickler, a senior policy advisor for the House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, on his newly announced appointment as Virginia Gov.-Elect Ralph Northam's (D) next secretary of natural resources. Strickler was a policy aide for Northam before coming to Capitol Hill. "You know you have good staffing when this is the next career move," Grijalva said today. "Matt is one of Capitol Hill's sharpest en… Continue Reading


Republicans Double Down on Trump’s Illegal Repeal of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Washington, D.C. - In a desperate effort to cover up President Trump's illegal proclamation to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, House Republicans held a hearing today on a bill to abolish the national monument and replace it with three new monuments and a national park. Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) points out that the immediate introduction and swift committee consideration of H.R. 4558 confirms the Utah delegation lacks confidence in the legality of the Pr… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva Highlights Broad-Based Economic, Environmental Opposition to Doomed Partisan GOP Fisheries Bill

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted the broad-based economic and environmental opposition to H.R. 200, today's highly partisan rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs fisheries and fishing quotas across U.S. waters. The GOP bill is opposed by the Seafood Harvesters of America and a wide swathe of restaurants and individual commercial fisherman and by dozens of environmental groups, including the Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of W… Continue Reading


Grijalva: 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Withdrawal is a Huge Win for Environment, Tribes

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the Obama administration's 20-year withdrawal of more than 1 million acres of land around the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining claims. The ruling is an enormous blow to the National Mining Association (NMA), which filed a lawsuit in 2011 seeking to block the withdrawal, and other special interests who had called Obama's actions illegal. Today's 2:00 p.m. Energy … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva: Tuesday Hearing Will Highlight Need for Continued Protection for the Grand Canyon

Washington, D.C. ­- Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that he will use Tuesday's hearing on Republican and Trump administration demands for more mining of uranium and other minerals from public land to highlight the threat those plans pose to the Grand Canyon. Grijalva will highlight the need to maintain the existing Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres in the region. In late September, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urged the U.S. For… Continue Reading


Democrats: After Alaska Lease Sale Fails to Raise Significant Revenue, GOP Must Face Reality on Arctic Refuge Drilling Plan

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and two other high-ranking Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter today to Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office, requesting a reassessment of how much revenue a Republican effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling could realistically generate. The letter is available at The move comes as President Trump and Republicans in Congr… Continue Reading


Grijalva Shows Secretary Zinke’s Goal for Interior Reorganization has Already Been Met

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are holding a hearing this morning to justify Secretary Ryan Zinke's efforts to drastically reorganize the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) without Congressional or public support. Secretary Zinke has been vocal about his plans to shift more department resources and personnel from Washington, D.C. to field offices across the country, but has not shared the scope and details of his plans. To prove that there isn't a need to reorganize the Department and … Continue Reading


Rep. Grijalva Releases Updated Trophy Hunting Report as Trump-Zinke Moves Threaten Future of Multiple Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released an updated version of a report on trophy hunting and endangered species protection that his staff initially released in 2016 in response to the tragic killing of Zimbabwe's famed Cecil the Lion. The release comes in the wake of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recent announcements that he plans to create a federal advisory committee to promote the hunting of imperiled wildlife and to allow the … Continue Reading


Grijalva: Trump Destruction of National Monuments No More Legal Than Muslim Ban

Washington, D.C. - President Trump is expected to announce at 2:30 p.m. EST today that he will attempt to drastically shrink Utah's Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through a presidential order with no legal basis. President Trump will likely move forward with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink the two Utah monuments by approximately 85 percent, making this the largest reduction of national monuments in history and could open the … Continue Reading


Memo to Reporters: Utah National Monuments Story Includes History of Republican Lying About Public Outreach, Legal Record

Washington, D.C. - President Trump is expected to travel to Utah on Monday and announce plans to modify the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. President Trump's actions - which are illegal and will face a series of court challenges - are based on blatant falsehoods and misrepresentations of the legal history and monument designation process. In addition to a long history of now well-known fabrications and misstatements, Republicans must contend with the f… Continue Reading


House Republicans Vote to Imperil a Minnesota Wilderness Area for Foreign Mining Company

Washington, D.C. - On a largely party line vote, the U.S. House advanced a Republican bill that would resurrect two expired leases in the Superior National Forest for a Chilean mining conglomerate seeking to build a copper sulfide mine near one of America's most visited wilderness areas. The bill (H.R. 3905) would overturn a 2016 U.S. Forest Service finding that building a copper sulfide mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Northern Minnesota could result in "extreme" a… Continue Reading


Reps. Thompson, Grijalva Introduce Gun Violence-Free Sportsmen’s Legislation as Alternative to Failed SHARE Act

Washington, DC - Former Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Chairman Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced H.R. 4489, the Authorizing Critical Conservation for Sportsmen and Sportswomen (ACCESS) Act. The bill comes on the heels of House Republicans' failed attempts to advance the SHARE Act (H.R. 3668), a bill riddled with anti-conservation and anti-gun safety provisions. The ACCESS Act expands access for fish… Continue Reading


Trump, House Republicans Fail to Deliver Infrastructure Package, Scapegoat Environmental Review Instead

Washington, D.C. - In an attempt to divert attention away from their inability to craft and advance legislation that would provide much needed funding to repair our country's crumbling infrastructure, House Republicans are holding a hearing this morning to blame the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for their failures. NEPA is a bedrock conservation law that requires federal agencies to consider potential environmental impacts of projects they undertake or permit. According to a report by… Continue Reading


Trump Administration Fulfills Donald Jr.’s Wish List Amidst Escalating Military Action in Zimbabwe

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) posted in the Federal Register today that they're reversing an Obama-era policy on allowing elephant hunting trophies from two countries, with shaky governance and conservation policies, to be shipped back to the United States. Under the new rule, elephants hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018 can now be imported. Earlier this week at a forum co-hosted by the Safari Club International Foundation - an organization that fre… Continue Reading


Grijalva, 16 Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Energy Reform Legislation to Increase Taxpayer Benefits, Promote Conservation

Washington, D.C. - As House Republicans continue to promote enormous oil and gas industry giveaways as their vision for energy policy, and as Senate Republicans move to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling as part of an unrelated tax bill, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) laid out a smarter way forward by introducing the Sustainable Energy Development Reform Act (SEDRA) today with 16 House Democratic cosponsors. The bill protects the Arctic Refuge, allows ener… Continue Reading


Grijalva Calls Out Committee Republicans for Failing to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico & USVI

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of today's 2 p.m. ET hearing, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) pointed out that Committee Republicans are taking advantage of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) vulnerable state by focusing on expanding federal control over the island's recovery efforts, instead of talking about providing immediate relief for the territories. The Committee invited Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico and Governor Kenneth Mapp of USVI to discuss thei… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Ironic That Zinke Now Spends Public Money to Boost Trophy Hunting While His Wife’s Client Broke Hunting Permit Laws

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of today's news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is forming a new federal advisory committee to promote trophy hunting overseas, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said that Zinke should drop the project and focus on overseeing hunting regulations here in the United States - including the permitting laws his wife's political client, Troy Downing, stands accused of violating in Zinke's home state of Montana. Grijalva and the staff of the Natural Res… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Today’s Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Same as the Last One – And They’re Not Even Trying to Justify It

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said ahead of today's 10:00 a.m. markup of H.R. 4239, the latest in a never-ending string of Republican oil and gas deregulation efforts, that the entire premise of the bill has already been debunked and Republicans are only proceeding because they have no other ideas. "This bill has all the signs of mental exhaustion," Grijalva said. "It's the same polluter industry wish list they've presented for years dressed up in yesterday… Continue Reading


Ahead of Tuesday’s Puerto Rico Hearing, Grijalva Asks GOP to Seriously Address Human Suffering Before Pushing Deregulation

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of Tuesday's hearing on the reconstruction of Puerto Rico and the response to Hurricane Maria, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) urged Republicans in Washington to make reducing human suffering on the island their first priority rather than large-scale deregulation schemes and sweeping privatization efforts. "The people of Puerto Rico have been asking for more than a month now why the lights are still off and the water is too dirty to drink," Grijalva sai… Continue Reading

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