Letters

04.16.18

DOI Inspector General Looks into Zinke's use of Chartered Planes

The Department of the Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall sent a letter to Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin on her investigation into Secretary Zinke's use of chartered planes.… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Vetting Process for DOI Political Appointees

Following several embarrassing instances of racist and conspiratorial statements by Trump administration Inteior Department officials, Ranking Member Grijalva writes to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke requesting information on DOI's vetting process for political appointees.… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Grijalva Calls for a Hearing on the DOI Reassignment Process

In response to the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report that concluded that the reassignments at DOI were for purely political reasons to punish employees that work on climate change or conservation, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) to request an oversight hearing on the real reasons for the reassignments.… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Grijalva Says the Puerto Rico Oversight Board's Push for Deep Budget Cuts Will Lead to Immediate Pain for the People Living on the Island

Ranking Member Grijalva wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico to condemn the Oversight Board for insisting that the Governor of Puerto Rico include additional extreme austerity measures.… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Grijalva and McEachin Letter Requesting OSC Investigation of Zinke Politicking in Florida

Reps. Grijalva and McEachin request an Office of Special Counsel investigation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's potentially illegal campaign activities while on duty during a trip to Florida. This letter was sent April 5, 2018.… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Democratic Letter to DOI IG on Manipulating NPS Climate Change Report

A letter from Reps. Grijalva, Tsongas, McEachin, Beyer and Lowenthal requesting an Interior Department inspector general investigation of the removal of information about human climate impacts from a report commissioned by the National Park Service. This letter was sent April 5, 2018.… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Grijalva, Lowenthal and McEachin Demand a Hearing on Secretary Zinke’s Inconsistent Statements on Offshore Drilling Plan

In response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's contradictory statements on the development of the offshore oil and gas leasing program, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) requesting a full committee hearing on the development of the… Continue Reading


03.26.18

Letter to Zinke on Lease Sale and Royalties

Due to the underwhelming response by the oil and gas industry to the recent Department of the Interior (DOI) Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease sale, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to call him out for pushing forward energy policies that are harmful to the environment and economy. Grijalva is requesting additional information on DOI budget priorities and is asking that the recent weak lease sales not be used as an excuse to … Continue Reading


03.15.18

Veterans, the Disabled and Elderly Oppose Zinke's Proposed National Park Fee Hike

Ranking Member Grijalva submitted for the record statements from veterans, the elderly and people with disabilities responding to Secretary Zinke's remarks that these communities should no longer be offered a discounted rate to visit our National Parks. The following groups submitted letters: Vietnam Veterans of America and their 81,000 members that have served in active duty in Vietnam American Veterans, AMVETS, the nation's most inclusive Congressionally-charted veterans service organizati… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Letter From Secretary Zinke to Chairman Bishop on Non-Commercial Travel

The Department of the Interior sent a letter to Chairman Bishop clarifying questions raised about Secretary Zinke's use of non-commercial flights.… Continue Reading


03.13.18

55 Democrats Demand Answers on Interior's Elephant Trophy Decision

House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and 53 House Democrats sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke on the Trump administration's recent announcement that the Department of the Interior's (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will now consider all permits for importing elephant and lion carcasses into the country on a case-by-case basis. This move removes all transparency, allows more trophy imports into the United States, and f… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Grijalva and McEachin Letter Requesting OSC Investigation of Zinke AML Announcements

Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter to the Department of the Interior Special Counsel to request an investigation into whether Secretary Zinke violated the Hatch Act when he used taxpayer funds to announce funding for coal mine reclamation at a site one mile away from the boundary of the 18th District of Pennsylvania. A special Congressional election took place in the District less than three weeks after the announcement was made.… Continue Reading


03.06.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke Requesting Quarterly Meeting with Committee Democrats

Ranking Member Grijalva sent a letter to request that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hold his overdue quarterly meeting with Committee Democrats. At a hearing in June 2017, Zinke offered to hold quarterly meetings with Members and staff to discuss Democratic priorities. Grijalva states that this next meeting should focus on the devastating cuts in the proposed FY 2019 Interior budget.… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Grijalva McEachin Letter Requesting DOI OIG Funding Increase


02.27.18

Grijalva Cantwell Letter to Zinke on Royalty Policy Committee Transparency


02.27.18

Grijalva McEachin Letter to Zinke on USGS Science Violation


02.22.18

Grijlava Lowenthal McEachin Letter to Zinke on Unpublished BLM Report


02.16.18

Grijalva Letter to Zinke on Utah Rep. Mike Noel Conflicts of Interest


02.14.18

Grijalva and McEachin Demand Answers on Zinke's Reorganization Plan

Ranking Member Grijalva and Rep. McEachin sent a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to stop the reorganization of DOI until he provides a detailed and well-justified plan to Congress.… Continue Reading


02.01.18

Leading Democrats Seek Answers on Puerto Rico Electric Privatization Plan

Following the Governor's announcement to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.) wrote to Governor Ricardo Rosselló requesting additional details on the plan, including assurances on affordable rates and reliable service.… Continue Reading

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