Press Releases


Natural Resources Committee Republicans Still Attacking Public Lands, Needlessly Doing Industry Favors

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of today's Natural Resources Committee markup of more than 20 bills, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) pointed to several problematic Republican proposals that run the gamut from weakening public lands protections to slashing royalties for the soda ash industry. An explanation of the shortcomings of each bill is available below. H.R. 218 - Building a Road Through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Offered by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the bill is the lates… Continue Reading


Grijalva Pushes for Data As Administration-Approved Overfishing of Red Snapper Gets Underway – Bishop Ignores Request for Help

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter today to NOAA Fisheries, the Commerce Department's fisheries management and regulatory agency, pressing for information on why the agency recently extended the red snapper fishing season in the Gulf of Mexico from three days to 42 days - an approach that the agency's own Federal Register notice admits is potentially perilous for the species. The letter is available at Because it is the polic… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting Ignores Science, Disrespects Tribes

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and several tribal leaders spoke out today against the Trump administration's announcement that it plans to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. "The Interior Department has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by delisting Yellowstone grizzlies prematurely and without adequate tribal consultation or safeguards to ensure th… Continue Reading


House GOP Supports Disastrous Trump Budget That Never Balances - Zinke Says Office of Govt. Ethics, not Dems, Delays Nominations

Washington, D.C. - The House Republican majority on the Natural Resources Committee openly embraced the Trump administration's extremist budget proposal for the Department of the Interior (DOI) at this morning's just-concluded hearing - a proposal Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repeatedly assured the Committee is "balanced" despite the overall Trump budget having been dismissed by outside observers as a "hilarious accounting fraud" (Slate) and "a $2 trillion mystery" (CNBC). Despite reports that… Continue Reading


Ahead of Zinke Hearing, Grijalva Highlights Administration Budget’s Cuts to Public Access, Total Failure to “Balance”

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of this morning's 9:30 a.m. hearing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the president's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) highlighted the budget's total failure to balance, despite its authors' rhetoric to the contrary, and the many ways in which it would reduce public access to public lands and services. Grijalva underscored that the overall budget's widely mocked $2 trillion accounting error - variously identified in t… Continue Reading


Grijalva Calls on Bishop to Hold NOAA Budget Hearing to Examine How Deep Cuts Would Harm Ocean Protections, Species Programs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) today urging a hearing for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to testify on the Trump administration's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In line with the drastic cuts proposed across natural resources, environmental and science agencies, the administration's budget reduces NOAA funding by 17 percent compared to the FY17 co… Continue Reading


Velázquez, Grijalva Call for Puerto Rico Oversight Board to Reject Electric Authority Debt Agreement

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today wrote to the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico, arguing that the Board should not certify the current Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA), which the lawmakers say would benefit wealthy creditors at the expense of the Island's residents. "Higher electricity costs are detrimental to the local economy, causing businesses both large a… Continue Reading


Grijalva Bill Reverses Giveaway of Sacred Tribal Land to Foreign-Owned Mining Company – Sen. Sanders Offering Senate Companion

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today introduced the Save Oak Flat Act, which repeals an unjustified congressional giveaway of sacred Native American land to a mining company called Resolution Copper co-owned by multinational mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is introducing a companion bill in the upper chamber today. Section 3003 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the transfer of 2,422 acres in Arizona'… Continue Reading


Grijalva Highlights Job-Killing Risks of Trump’s Red Snapper Plan as Federal Register Admits it Presents a Severe Overfishing Threat

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today in response to the Trump administration proposal to extend the 2017 private boat red snapper season in federal Gulf of Mexico waters from 3 days to 42 days: "The red snapper population in the Gulf has been recovering from years of overfishing. Our priority now has to be maintaining and continuing that recovery. Gulf Coast businesses literally cannot afford a fishery management fiat that el… Continue Reading


Grijalva Traveled to Appalachia This Weekend to Witness Environmental & Health Degradation Caused by Mountaintop Removal Mining

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) traveled to Southwest Virginia this weekend to tour mountaintop removal coal mining sites near the town of Big Stone Gap, Va., and to meet with residents of Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee who are directly affected by the destructive impacts of mountaintop removal mining. On Saturday Grijalva held a forum in Big Stone Gap, where he heard stories from dozens of Appalachian resid… Continue Reading


Republicans Betray Hunters and Anglers, Let Gun Lobby Hijack Sportsmen’s Bill

Hearing Cancelled Until Further Notice Washington, D.C. - In a brazen and callous effort to help gun peddlers pad their bottom lines at the expense of the safety and security of American families, House Natural Resources Committee Republicans are holding a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bill that would weaken rules governing the importation of dangerous firearms, preempt state and local gun safety laws and deregulate silencers and armor-piercing bul… Continue Reading


Grijalva Presses Zinke for His Travel Itinerary, Data on Public Comments for National Monuments Review – Bishop Declines to Join

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a letter requesting an account of public comments received so far through the Trump administration's controversial national monuments "review" process and a description of Zinke's travel and meeting itinerary for trips taken as part of the process. Grijalva asked Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) last Friday to join today's letter, due in part to the fact that Trump officials have said publicl… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on Zinke Report on Bears Ears National Monument: “Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report to President Trump recommending major changes to the protected status and conserved acreage of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument: "The Secretary's report is nonsense. The memo released today doesn't give any accounting of the public comments the Interior Department received as part of this review process. It doesn't reference any maps or specify legisl… Continue Reading


Ignoring Widely Understood Need to Remove Deadbeat Dams, GOP Will Push Sea Lion Slaughter at Thursday Salmon Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Republicans at tomorrow's 10:00 a.m. Natural Resources Committee hearing on Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's H.R. 2083 will argue that the best way to rescue the Pacific Northwest's ailing salmon runs is to kill approximately 1,000 area sea lions rather than breach, bypass, or remove a series of four outdated dams along the Snake River, as a federal judge and the vast majority of stakeholders and scientists have called for. The fact that these dams pose the greatest threat to the… Continue Reading


As Republicans Demand More Drilling & Mining on Public Land, Grijalva Presses Zinke on Delaying Extractive Industries Transparency

Washington, D.C. - As Republicans in Washington demand increased oil and gas drilling and expanded coal and minerals mining on public lands, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today pressing for information on Zinke's decision to delay the upcoming meeting of the U.S. advisory committee for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international framework on fighting corruption and increasing transparency in the extr… Continue Reading


Grijalva on Paris Withdrawal: Leaders of True Stature Don’t Sacrifice Lives, People’s Health to Prove How Smart and Tough They Are

Washington, D.C. - Following the Trump administration's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement - making it one of only three nations on Earth, alongside Syria and Nicaragua, not to honor the groundbreaking deal - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said the Trump administration and its allies have put countless human lives at risk to please a small circle of climate deniers with no credibility and little public support. "The Trump administr… Continue Reading


Grijalva to Zinke: Who Removed Reference to Climate Change Science in U.S. Geological Survey Press Release?

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today requesting information on the administration's censoring of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) press release put out after three USGS scientists and three outside colleagues published new climate change research in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. The administration, as the Washington Post reported, removed a reference in the press release to the relationship between climat… Continue Reading


86 Democrats to Zinke: Congress, Not Trump, Controls the Future of Existing National Monuments

Washington, D.C. - In light of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's ongoing review of 27 national monuments across the country, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter along with 85 House Democratic colleagues to Zinke today highlighting Congress' long-established legal authority over national monuments and other federally protected sites. The letter points to the executive branch's lack of authority to rescind or substantially reduce the size of any national monument - the ost… Continue Reading


Hearing on Native American Land Settlements Will Focus on Dem Push for Tribal Equity, GOP Push to Buy Less Valuable Property

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon's hearing of the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations - a central feature of the federal government's attempt to correct its historical mismanagement of Native American land - will focus on the split between the Democratic push to fund the program beyond its 2022 expiration date and the Republican effort to spend existing program funds as quickly as possible, often to buy tribes pieces of property… Continue Reading


Grijalva: This Budget is What Republicans Signed Up For When They Supported Trump – and It Would Destroy Our Environment

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted four environmental policy areas the Trump administration's proposed budget would hit especially hard, calling on Republicans to reject it out of hand or explain why they continue to support an administration that has lost all credibility. "This budget is the reality of the Republican vision for the country, and Republicans in Congress need to admit it," Grijalva said today. "It treats our environment as a spee… Continue Reading

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