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Republicans Bring Extinct Talking Points Back from the Dead in Zombie ESA Hearing

Washington, D.C. - In their latest attempt to manufacture opposition to popular and effective environmental laws, House Republicans are holding a hearing at 10 a.m. today to attack the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and wrongfully blame the Act for delaying development and infrastructure projects. Republican witnesses are expected to resurrect claims that were debunked long ago, such as the myth that ESA consultation caused the catastrophic levee failure along California's Feather River in 1997, a… 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


Grijalva Statement on Hearing to Address Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

Tucson, Ariz. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Chairman Rob Bishop's (R-Utah) announcement that a hearing on a draft Puerto Rico debt restructuring bill will be held on April 13, followed by a markup on April 14. An earlier version of a draft bill was released last week by Natural Resources Committee Republicans. "Everyone is working hard and in good faith on the Puerto Rico bill, and it's still a work in progress," Grijalva said. "I look fo… Continue Reading


New GOP Bill Would Strip Federal Land Management Agencies of Law Enforcement Authority

Washington, D.C. - Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) issued the following statement after today's Subcommittee hearing on Department of Interior law enforcement. "Today's hearing is supposed to be about a legitimate oversight question regarding law enforcement issues at the Department of the Interior, but I have to raise my grave concerns about legislation regarding federal law enforcement recently introduced by my colleagues on the other side of … Continue Reading


Hearing Wrap-up: GOP Flip-Flops on its Support for Bipartisan Conservation Program

Witnesses Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior Brian Ferebee, Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service Hearing Overview If a developer wanted to build a home in endangered species habitat in the early 1970s, they may not have been able to get a permit to build. Today, they would be more likely … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Grijalva Praises New Clean Water Rule

This press release was distributed May 27. Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today after news that the Obama Administration has finalized the Clean Water Rule, ending years of regulatory uncertainty and establishing clear protections for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water for millions of Americans. "I congratulate the Obama Administration for bringing long-overdue clarity to the vital issue of clean water. One in t… Continue Reading

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