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Ranking Member Grijalva, Center for Biological Diversity File Lawsuit Against Department of Homeland Security Over Border Programs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly; Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and CBP as a whole seeking a court order for a supplemental programmatic environmental impact statement for the U.S.-Mexico border enforcement program. If successful, the suit will force a federal assessment under the National Environmen… Continue Reading


After Four Weeks of Infrastructure-Related Hearings Heavy on Deregulation, Grijalva Asks Where GOP Infrastructure Plan is Hiding

Washington, D.C. - Following a month's worth of Natural Resources Committee hearings in which Republicans and their invited witnesses argued falsely that major environmental deregulation is the only way to improve our nation's infrastructure, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today asked where the Republican infrastructure plan is hiding and why the GOP is using infrastructure as the latest cover story for its unchanging pro-polluter agenda. Throughout the month, Republican lawma… Continue Reading


Grijalva Calls on Interior Secretary to Lift Gag Order on Fish and Wildlife Service’s Communications With Congress

Washington, D.C. - In the latest of a growing list of requests to improve communications with Congress, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke urging him to reverse a recently discovered Department of the Interior (DOI) policy of blocking communication between Democratic Congressional staff and the Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) about hearings before the House Natural Resources… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Trump Must Explain Why Rural America, not Mexico, is Paying for His Border Wall – And Whether He’s Building it in Mexico

Note: The online version of this press release includes an extended quote from Ranking Member Grijalva. The final paragraph was not included in the originally publicized version. Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called on President Trump to explain why his budget plan forces rural and Native American communities to pay for his border wall rather than following through on his false promise to make Mexico pay for it. Grijalva also called on Trump to provid… Continue Reading


Grijalva: Trump Order Ending Federal Climate Planning, Opening New Federal Coal Leases is “Major Self-Inflicted Wound”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called the Trump administration's impending executive order canceling federal climate change planning and mitigation efforts and ending the federal coal leasing moratorium "a major self-inflicted wound" and pointed out that it would likely harm communities, in Appalachia and elsewhere, that the White House has promised to help. Today's order rolls back current rules mandating that federal agencies plan for the realities o… Continue Reading


Grijalva Presses Bishop to Call Interior Secretary Zinke for Hearing on Department’s Future in Light of Budget Cuts, Other Needs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urging him to call a hearing for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to testify on the future of the Interior Department, in light of the Trump administration's proposed 12 percent budget cut, and on other issues Zinke has yet to address. "Given the lack of detail provided in the President's proposal," Grijalva writes, "it is critical that Secretary Zinke appear before the Committee … Continue Reading


Grijalva to Zinke: Succeeding as Secretary Means Protecting Interior’s Mission and Budget, Staying True to Your Word on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today urged newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reject the White House's threat to cut 10 percent from the Department of the Interior (DOI) budget in fiscal year 2018, to reject extreme proposals to give away millions of acres of public land to state and local entities, and to invest in the DOI mission of protecting our country's natural resources. "Happy talk about making this country great doesn't make up for gut… Continue Reading


GAO Debunks GOP Claims on Endangered Species Act Litigation – Grijalva Calls for More Honest Debate, Increased Protection Funding

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today thoroughly debunking a common Republican talking point on citizen lawsuits and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), prompting Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to call for an end to misleading GOP rhetoric. In a letter today, available at, Grijalva also urges the House Appropriations Committee to increase funding for threatened and endangered species programs at the U.S. F… Continue Reading


Grijalva Questions Republican Attack on Science as Majority Preps Vote to Kill Bear Cubs, Wolf Pups in Alaska Natl. Wildlife Refuges

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of today's House vote to repeal a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule that prohibits the slaughter of Alaskan wolf and bear populations on National Wildlife Refuges using methods widely recognized as inhumane and unsportsmanlike by hunters and the general public, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) questioned why Republicans have made the effort such a high priority. He called on Speaker Paul Ryan to cancel the vote and focus on legislation that improv… Continue Reading


Democrats Call for Continued Action as Republicans Reject Transparency, Terrorism Reforms to Rules and Oversight Plan

Washington, D.C. - At today's recently concluded organizing meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee, the Republican majority voted down a number of Democratic proposals that, among other reforms, would have mandated financial disclosure by politically appointed Trump administration witnesses; strengthened language in the Committee's oversight plan to acknowledge the human causes of climate change; and added terrorist funding through natural resources trafficking to the Committee's overs… Continue Reading


As GOP Votes Down Transparency Rule at Another Committee, Leading Dems Highlight Need to Expose Trump-Style Conflicts of Interest

Note: The headline of this press release has been slightly changed from its original version to reduce confusion. The qutoe from Rep. Bennie Thompson was added to the online version and was not included in the initial release. Washington, D.C. - The Republican majority on the House Committee on Natural Resources just voted down a Democratic proposal to require that hearing witnesses working for the Trump administration disclose financial conflicts of interest before appearing to testify, contin… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva: Regardless of Who Picks Up the Tab, the Price of Trump’s Border Wall is Too High

Washington, D.C. - President Trump yesterday signed an executive order that pursues the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border - a project that would harm wildlife, erode tribal sovereignty, disrupt communities and perpetuate a humanitarian crisis. Despite repeated promises that "Mexico will pay," House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that American taxpayers will pay billions for Trump's wall. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated in strong terms yesterday that his cou… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva Leads Letter With Key Democratic Leaders Urging Interior Secretary to Revive Red Wolf Recovery Program

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and eight other key Democratic Members of Congress - including Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies - sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this morning calling on her to override the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recent … Continue Reading


Grijalva Tells Fish and Wildlife Director He Will Oppose Grizzly Delisting in Yellowstone Region Without Adequate Safeguards

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe this morning stating his opposition to the proposed removal of Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) absent meaningful safeguards to guarantee the future of the population. You can read the letter at The letter follows one Grijalva received fro… Continue Reading


Hearing on Wolf Management Devolves Into GOP Story Time as Republicans Repeat Debunked Myths about Iconic Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - A just-concluded oversight hearing on federal management of wolves turned into an afternoon storytelling forum as Republican lawmakers and their invited witnesses repeated the same debunked claims they often share about wolves, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. "They keep telling the same stories, reality and the scientific community keep proving those stories false, and then we hold another hearing where it happens again," said Ranking Member Raúl … Continue Reading


Grijalva: Fish and Wildlife Service Should Follow Science, Not Cave to Red Wolf Opponents, in Protecting North Carolina Population

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) announcement that it will suspend efforts to recover the critically endangered red wolf in eastern North Carolina: "The Service is making a profoundly disappointing decision to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Prejudices and irrational fears led to the initial extirpation of the red wolf, and I'm concerned that those same prejudices and fears … Continue Reading


Grijalva Urges Support for New Rule Protecting Alaska Species From Unnecessary Cruelty – Standard is Major GOP Target

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) release of a new rule prohibiting several unnecessarily cruel killing methods on 76 million acres of wildlife refuge land across the state of Alaska. The new rule is a major target of Republican lawmakers, who have already tried multiple times to prevent it from going into effect. The rule prohibits hunters from using artificial lights to lure black bears from their dens; trapping … Continue Reading


New Analysis: Wildlife Trophy Hunting Often Doesn’t Bring Species Conservation Benefits Claimed by Promoters

Washington, D.C. - Original analysis published today by the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff shows that despite the claims of wildlife trophy hunting promoters, there is little evidence to show that the practice has benefited hunted species' survival in several African countries. The findings have major implications for endangered species protection and come a few days before the July 1 one-year anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter… Continue Reading


Grijalva Celebrates Endangered Species Day by Telling GOP to Stop Attacks on Imperiled Wildlife

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement recognizing today as the 11th annual Endangered Species Day: "The Endangered Species Act is one of our most powerful, successful, and popular conservation laws. It has prevented the extinction of nearly every species that has received its protections. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans insist on continuing their crusade to drive the extinction of American wi… Continue Reading


Military Letters Confirm Sage-Grouse Protections Don’t Compromise Readiness, National Security

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released letters from senior military officials this morning stating clearly that despite Republican claims, conservation activities to protect the greater sage-grouse and its habitat will not adversely impact military readiness. A full Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act is scheduled for Wednesday. The lett… Continue Reading

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