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01.10.18

Committee Advances a Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Bill, Despite Democratic Protests

Washington, D.C. - Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the Streamlining Environmental Approvals or SEA Act (H.R. 3133) to the House floor. The bill was passed by voice vote today, but Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) stated that he still strongly opposes the bill and will continue to fight to stop the bill from passing on the House floor. "My position on the SEA Act remains the same, it's a dangerous bill that was solely written to fulfill the oil and g… Continue Reading


01.10.18

The First Committee Markup of 2018 is Focused on a Republican Oil and Gas Giveaway Bill

Washington, D.C. - House Republicans are launching into the new year by focusing their first Committee markup of 2018 on a Republican bill that would make it easier for oil and gas companies to expedite industrial drilling projects in our oceans. The Streamlining Environmental Approvals or SEA Act (H.R. 3133) would gut core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to expedite seismic airgun blasting and other activities in oceans that can harm marine mammals. "Republicans are takin… Continue Reading


12.14.17

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


12.13.17

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


11.30.17

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


11.17.17

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


11.08.17

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


10.26.17

Committee Dems Respond to Report that Threatens Fishermen, Declares Open Season on Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Committee Democrats today slammed a new Department of Commerce report issued under Executive Order 13783, which recommends unsupportable and dangerous changes to the way we manage our oceans. Among other moves, the report calls for weakening already inadequate consultation requirements for Essential Fish Habitat under the Magnuson-Stevens Act; requiring expensive and time-consuming cost-benefit analyses that would bias feder… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Ahead of Sage-Grouse Hearing Even Republicans Don’t Want, Grijalva Highlights Lack of Military or Local Demand for “Reform”

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of Wednesday's hearing on the Republican effort to tear up the multi-state conservation plan for greater sage-grouse habitat - a negotiated product meant to forestall the bird's listing through the Endangered Species Act - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) questioned in whose interests Republicans are acting, given the lack of demand from the military branches they claim to be helping or from Western states that support the conservation plan. John Tubbs, … Continue Reading


10.03.17

Grijalva, Conservation Leaders Call on GOP to Drop “Obsessive” Attacks on Endangered Species Act Ahead of Wednesday Markup

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of a Wednesday markup at 10:00 a.m. featuring five bad bills weakening the Endangered Species Act (ESA), among other measures under consideration, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and national conservation leaders called on Republicans to drop their constant attacks on the law and attend to more pressing business, including the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico and the need to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Despite now having… Continue Reading


10.03.17

Ranking Member Grijalva Introduces a Bill that Permanently Protects the Grizzly Bear & Honors Tribal Sovereignty Agreements

Washington, D.C. - To respond to the Department of the Interior's controversial decision to remove endangered species protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act (H.R. 3894) at a press conference today surrounded by Tribal leaders and environmentalists. This bill would ensure that grizzly bears are permanently protected for their ecological and cultural value an… Continue Reading


09.21.17

Grijalva: Trump Administration Has Just Days to Ensure Justice for New England Fishermen in Historic Illegal Fishing Case

Washington, D.C. - Just ahead of a closely watched sentencing hearing for Carlos Rafael, the leader of a notorious illegal fishing operation that has badly damaged the New England fishing economy, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent two letters today - one to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the other to Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson - urging renewed attention to his case and an investigation of whether federal … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Ranking Member Grijalva: This Week’s Bills Are a Sign That Republicans Will Sacrifice Sportsmen to the National Rifle Association

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said that the slate of Republican bills set to receive votes on Wednesday are a sign that Republicans will do any amount of damage to public safety, to sportsmen and to the outdoors to keep the National Rifle Association (NRA) happy. Today's hearing on the notorious SHARE Act - nominally a bill to advance sportsmen's outdoor policy priorities that has become a laundry list of NRA demands - is the first of the week's many … Continue Reading


07.26.17

Grijalva Highlights Republican Bill to Allow Sea Lion Slaughter, Ignore Deadbeat Dams Ahead of This Morning’s 21-Bill Markup

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted H.R. 2083, a featured part of this morning's 21-bill markup, as a clear example of the intellectual bankruptcy of Republican environmental policies in the modern era. Rather than addressing the undisputed central role outdated and obsolete dams play in the ongoing drop of the Columbia River salmon population, the bill increases the number of public permits to kill sea lions along the river in hopes that this wi… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Video Highlights of Today’s Jeff Corwin Testimony on Preserving the Endangered Species Act, Rejecting Republican Attacks

Washington, D.C. - Well-known wildlife biologist and television host Jeff Corwin testified at today's Natural Resources Committee hearing that despite frequently repeated Republican talking points, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been a tremendous success since its inception and has led to the recovery of iconic species - including the bald eagle - that would be extinct today if the law had been weakened or abandoned in the past. Corwin pointed out in testimony that the rebounding health o… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Grijalva on Trump’s Mexican Wolf Announcement: “This Decision and Building the Border Wall Ensure Mexican Wolves’ Extinction”

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) announcement on recovery planning for the endangered Mexican gray wolf: "I'm disappointed that the Trump administration has once again allowed politics to override science. Research shows clearly that areas in southern Utah and Colorado are within the historic range of the Mexican wolf and contain suitabl… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Grijalva: Trump’s Paranoid Decision to Withdraw National Park, Other World-Class Sites From U.N. Reserve List Puts America Last

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today on the Trump administration's decision to withdraw 17 U.S. sites, including Virgin Islands National Park, from the United Nations World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) protected list. The changes occurred at a recent meeting in Paris of the U.N. International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme. As National Geographic first reported, "Prior to this year, a tota… Continue Reading


06.22.17

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


06.20.17

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


06.14.17

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

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