Press Releases

06.14.24

Ranking Members Grijalva, Pallone Urge Agencies to Increase Tribes’ Access to Environmental Justice Funding & Resources

WASHINGTON - Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urging them to improve tribes’ access to federal funding and programs through Justice40, the Biden administration’s environmental justice initiative. Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) joined Rankin… Continue Reading


06.11.24

Grijalva Calls on Chair Westerman to End Committee Republicans’ Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Conspiracy Theories

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the House Natural Resources Committee’s sixth immigration-related hearing this Thursday, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) urging him to denounce the use of anti-immigrant disinformation, dangerous “invasion” and Great Replacement conspiracy theory language, and other white nationalist rhetoric in Committee work. In his letter, Ranking Member Grijalva outlines several incidents of Committee Republicans using bla… Continue Reading


06.08.24

On World Ocean Day, Grijalva Celebrates President Biden’s Bold Leadership on Ocean Climate Action

WASHINGTON - Today, on World Ocean Day, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement commending President Joe Biden’s recent announcement of three new national strategies to safeguard and bolster our oceans, coastal communities, and fisheries in our fight against the climate crisis. These strategies build upon the Biden administration’s historic Ocean Climate Action Plan and Ocean Justice Strategy, both of which are the first of their kind at the federal level. “A he… Continue Reading


06.06.24

In Letter to Westerman, Grijalva Issues Scathing Opposition to Subpoena Threat, Warns of Devaluing Process

WASHINGTON - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter strongly opposing Chair Bruce Westerman’s (R-Ark.) consideration of a subpoena for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents and/or testimony, as was communicated by majority staff to minority staff this week. The subpoena threat pertains to Chair Westerman’s nearly year-long investigation into Floyd Bennett Field, which has yet to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing but has bee… Continue Reading


06.03.24

DOJ Agrees: “Insular Cases Deserve No Place in Our Law”

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent to House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took the historic step of announcing a department-wide policy to “not rely on or seek to extend the doctrine of territorial incorporation established by the Insular Cases.” The action follows a recent bipartisan, bicameral 43-Member letter co-led by Ranking Member Grijalva, as well as letters from Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan and civil rights … Continue Reading


05.23.24

Grijalva, Huffman, Hoyle Call on Administration to Prioritize Tribal Consultation for Offshore Wind

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Rep. Val Hoyle (D-Ore.) today led a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) urging the agency to prioritize early and meaningful engagement with tribes regarding offshore wind projects. The Biden administration has made historic progress on climate action and clean energy development, which is rev… Continue Reading


05.23.24

Grijalva, Committee Democrats Urge Chair Westerman to Investigate Big Oil Collusion to Inflate Gas Prices

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter signed by 13 Committee Democrats to Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) urging him to open an investigation into the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent allegations that former Pioneer CEO Scott Sheffield colluded with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and OPEC+ to effectively raise gas prices for the American people. Pioneer, which was recently acquired by Exx… Continue Reading


05.20.24

Ranking Members Grijalva, Stansbury, Huffman Call on Chair Westerman to Investigate Foreign Mining Companies’ Influence on Domestic Policy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) urging him to investigate foreign influence of U.S. laws and policies through foreign owned mining companies. In their letter, the lawmakers point out the risk that foreign-con… Continue Reading


05.17.24

Grijalva, González-Colón Lead Bicameral Letter to Puerto Rico Oversight Board Urging Protection of Solar Net Metering

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) today sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by 21 Members of Congress to the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico urging it to protect net metering on the island. Net metering makes household renewable energy sources, like rooftop solar, more affordable for families by ensuring they are reimbursed for the extra energy they… Continue Reading


05.16.24

At Hearing, Vice RM Kamlager-Dove Praises CEQ Chair Mallory for Acting on Climate, Environmental Justice

WASHINGTON - At today’s full committee hearing titled, Examining the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request and Related Policy Matters, CEQ recently finalized its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase II regulations, which take a positive step in requiring agencies to consider the climate and environmental justice impacts of major federal actions, while also undoing harmful Trump-era changes that undermined NEPA’s environmental review process. Republican… Continue Reading


05.15.24

Grijalva, Dingell, Beyer Lead Letter Urging Science-Based Protections for Critically Endangered Rice’s Whale

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) led a letter signed by 16 House Democrats urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to swiftly finalize and implement measures to protect Rice’s whales — one of the most endangered marine mammals, with only an estimated 51 individuals remaining — from extinction. In their letter, the lawmakers commend NOAA’s actio… Continue Reading


05.08.24

Natural Resources, CCP Select Committee Ranking Members Request Inquiry into Foreign-Controlled Companies Mining Our Public Lands

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) led a request to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the extent to which foreign-controlled companies are extracting minerals from our federally-managed public lands, as well as recommendations for ensuring that these companies comply with U.S. environmental and human rights standards. The full list of signers includes Ranking Member Grijalva, Select Committee on the Strat… Continue Reading


05.07.24

70+ Senate, House Lawmakers Call on Biden to Ensure LNG Exports Are Fully in the Public Interest

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA-02), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-07), Nanette Barragán (D-CA-44), Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04), and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) led their colleagues on a bicameral letter thanking President Biden and Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm for pausing approvals of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. The group applauds DOE for evaluat… Continue Reading


05.02.24

Following Procedural Embarrassment for Toxic Mining Free-For-All Bill, Grijalva Sends Chair Westerman Letter Opposing Attempts to Bypass Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) emphasizing the need for regular order for H.R. 2925, the so-called Mining Regulatory Clarity Act, which was sent back to the Natural Resources Committee after several Republicans broke ranks on the House floor and voted for a motion to recommit the bill. Throughout his congressional career, Chair Westerman has consistently advocated for regular … Continue Reading


05.02.24

Grijalva Celebrates Expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s action to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California using authorities under the Antiquities Act.  “With today’s expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains and Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monuments, President Biden is once again showing that this administration is committ… Continue Reading


05.01.24

Grijalva Blasts House Passage of Five Pro-Polluter, Pro-NRA Bills, Cheers Procedural Embarrassment for Toxic Mining Bill

WASHINGTON - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on House passage of five Natural Resources bills that benefit the gun lobby, Big Oil, and the mining industry, the nation’s number one source of toxic pollution. However, one bill, H.R. 2925, the Mining Regulatory Clarity Act (Amodei, R-Nev.), which would have doubled down on the flaws of the Mining Law of 1872 to make toxic dumping waste the “highest and best use” of ou… Continue Reading


05.01.24

At Hearing, Vice RM Kamlager-Dove Praises Interior Secretary Haaland for Bold Climate Action, Calls Out GOP Inaction

WASHINGTON - At today’s full committee hearing, Examining the President's FY 2025 Budget Request for the Department of the Interior, featuring testimony from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, House Natural Resources Committee Vice Ranking Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Calif.) delivered the opening statement below. Vice Ranking Member Kamlager-Dove highlighted several newly finalized and widely celebrated rules from the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Land Management’s Public Lands R… Continue Reading


04.30.24

Ranking Member Grijalva Applauds Biden Administration’s NEPA Updates

WASHINGTON - Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement on the release of the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase II regulations. Previously, Ranking Member Grijalva led two letters on the proposed NEPA regulations, including a bicameral letter with nearly 100 Members of Congress, outlining suggestions to strengthen climate and environmental justice considerations in the environmental review … Continue Reading


04.19.24

Grijalva Cheers Biden Administration Action to Stand with Alaska Native Communities and Protect Arctic Wilderness, Reject Harmful Ambler Road

WASHINGTON - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s final rule to protect more than 13 million acres from oil and gas drilling in the western Arctic, as well as its decision to select the “no action” alternative in its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Ambler Road. Ambler Road is a proposed industrial mining road that would have been constructed through 211 miles… Continue Reading


04.18.24

Grijalva Praises Biden Administration Action to Protect Public Lands, Balance Multiple Uses

WASHINGTON - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final Public Lands Rule, which will better balance the agency’s multiple-use mandate by putting conservation on equal footing with oil, gas, and mineral extraction on our public lands. “The Public Lands Rule is a win for the American people who overwhelmingly want to protect our nation’s rich natural and cultural heritage and en… Continue Reading

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