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07.27.17

Grijalva: Zinke Threats Against Alaska Over Trumpcare Vote Raise Ethical Questions, Threaten Environment

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's willingness to deliver threats against the state of Alaska, in retaliation for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) principled stance against Trumpcare, was an alarming sign of how far the administration's ethical standards have fallen and how irresponsible the Interior Department has become. Grijalva plans to request a formal investigation later today. As Alaska Dispatch News first report… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Ranking Member Grijalva Questions Today’s GOP Attacks on Antiquities Act, Boundary Waters and Federal Use of Climate Science

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of this morning's 10:00 a.m. hearing in the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) questioned Republicans' insistence on blocking federal agencies from accounting for the social cost of carbon - an important measure of the cost to society of each ton of carbon pollution - in regulatory analysis. Grijalva also questioned Republican efforts to block the president from establishing new national monuments in Minnesota. H.… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Ahead of Today’s King Cove Road Floor Vote, Grijalva Says to Listen to Scientists

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of today's House floor vote on the Republican-backed King Cove Road Land Exchange Act (H.R. 218) - a bill that greenlights construction of a habitat-destroying road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) pointed out that claims that the people of King Cove have been ignored by Congress are completely false. In fact, American taxpayers have handed over more than $30 million to help the town develop a relia… Continue Reading


07.19.17

As Today’s House Budget Markup Kicks Off, Grijalva Highlights “Flagrantly Outdated” GOP Oil Estimates, Touts Alternatives

Washington, D.C. - As today's 10:00 a.m. House Budget Committee markup of the House Republican fiscal year 2018 budget proposal gets underway, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) questioned Republican estimates of revenue generated by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and touted clean alternative energy development as a more popular and more economic option. The budget proposal includes instructions to the Natural Resources Committee to generate $5 billion… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Grijalva Highlights False GOP Talking Points, Budget Option to Drill in Arctic Refuge Ahead of “Drill, Baby, Drill” Alaska Hearing

Washington, D.C. - As House Republicans prepare to publish budget reconciliation language today that could lead to opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling - continuing a decades-long ideological effort to drill in one of the nation's most pristine protected habitats - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) highlighted the almost total lack of GOP imagination on energy and economic policy. The budget language comes ahead of today's hearing at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time i… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Grijalva on Zinke Statement That Hanford Reach, Craters of the Moon are Safe From Arbitrary Review: “Pulling Names Out of a Hat”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today's announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he is no longer considering recommending status or acreage changes to Craters of the Moon National Monument (Idaho) or Hanford Reach National Monument (Washington) as part of his ongoing, arbitrary "review" process of more than two dozen national monuments around the country: "The news that Secretary Zinke has decided not to attempt t… Continue Reading


06.30.17

Ahead of Bundy Retrial, Grijalva Requests GAO Report on Threats, Attacks Against Federal Land Managers and Agency Property

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the scale of recent threats against and attacks on federal land management agency officials and property. The request comes shortly ahead of the July 10 retrial date for four alleged perpetrators of the 2014 armed standoff near Bunkerville, Nev. The full request letter is available at http://bit.ly/2urAuHp. Noting that the 2015 armed standoff at Malheur National… Continue Reading


06.15.17

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


06.13.17

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


06.12.17

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


06.06.17

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


05.25.17

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


05.25.17

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


05.23.17

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


05.22.17

Democrats Release First in a Series of Features on National Monuments Threatened by Trump’s Interior Department Executive Order

Washington, D.C. - Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee today released a fact sheet on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the first in a weekly series on the national monuments threatened by the Trump administration's ongoing "review" stemming from an April 26 Executive Order. Democrats will release a new fact sheet each Monday throughout the review period, which is expected to end with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending weakened protections for, or even full revoca… Continue Reading


05.16.17

Democrats, Wildfire Expert Will Press for Forest Service Funding, GOP Climate Change Acknowledgment at Tomorrow’s Forest Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Democrats at tomorrow's Federal Lands Subcommittee hearing on federal forest management will stress the need to address climate change-related wildfire risks and reject Republican demands to weaken bedrock environmental laws in order to increase commercial logging on public lands. Climate change is leading to longer and more severe wildfire seasons characterized by more - and more intense - wildfires that the U.S. Forest Service is not being given adequate funding to combat. … Continue Reading


05.11.17

Grijalva on Congress Overturning Obama-era Rules: “Republicans Have Put the Health & Well Being of Everyday Americans in Jeopardy”

Washington, D.C. - As of today, Congress can no longer use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn Obama-era rules. The Republican-controlled Congress successfully voted to overturn thirteen rules issued under the Obama administration and President Trump signed them into law. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) points out that nearly a quarter of the rules were blatant attacks on our environment. "On our very first day in Congress, House Rep… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Grijalva Invites Trump on Tour of NPS Civil War Sites to Explore History, Legacy of American Slavery

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today invited President Trump on a tour of Civil War sites protected by the National Park Service (NPS), offering Trump a chance to learn more about a defining moment in American history. "While excellent programming relating to the War Between the States is available on cable television," Grijalva writes, "visiting sites that conserve and interpret Civil War history could provide a more informative and lasting experience." The… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Grijalva: If Trump Order on Monuments is About Public Engagement, When Does Secretary Zinke’s Nationwide Listening Tour Begin?

Washington, D.C. ­- After reading the fine print on President Trump's new executive order mandating an ill-defined Interior Department "review" of certain national monuments, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today questioned whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has enough time to hold a series of public meetings - which are typically held between federal officials and local stakeholders before a national monument is designated - at each of the more than 20 national monuments… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Grijalva on Antiquities Act Order: “Reviewing Natl. Monuments Will Show What We Already Know – They’re Popular and Beneficial”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the newly announced executive order directing the Department of the Interior to review the establishment history and current status of national monuments created since 1996 under the Antiquities Act. The order comes as Republicans in Congress, including Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), urge Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump administration unilaterally to wipe out or shrink Utah's … Continue Reading

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