Press Releases

10.27.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on Interior’s New Recommendations for U.S. Park Police and Other DOI Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the release of a new report from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) outlining 12 recommendations and aspirations for improving law enforcement practices among the U.S. Park Police (USPP) and other law enforcement units. The report was issued by DOI’s Law Enforcement Task Force, which was established in 2021. “This report was triggered by multiple incident… Continue Reading


10.20.23

Ranking Members Grijalva & Huffman Call for Federal Action to Combat Human Rights Abuses in Seafood Supply Chain

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) sent two letters—one to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and one to the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—responding to recent investigative reporting in The New Yorker by Ian Urbina (HERE and HERE), which documents major human rights … Continue Reading


10.13.23

Reps. Grijalva & Lee, Sens. Duckworth & Markey Lead Nearly 100 Members in Letter to White House Supporting NEPA Updates, Urging Strong Climate, EJ Provisions

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) led a bicameral letter signed by 94 members of Congress to the White House’s Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) expressing support for the Biden administration’s recently proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Phase II regulations. The letter also makes suggestions for strengthening climate a… Continue Reading


10.06.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on New Border Wall Construction and Use of Dangerous Waiver Authority

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s announcement that it will use the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authority to waive all laws and legal requirements to build approximately 17 miles of new border wall. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report shows that the existing border wall and use of this waiver authority has already caused irreparable damage to nat… Continue Reading


10.06.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral 33-Member Letter Requesting Clemency for Indigenous Activist Leonard Peltier

Washington, D.C. - In advance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 9, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today led a bipartisan, bicameral letter signed by 33 members of Congress to President Biden requesting clemency or compassionate release for renowned Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who has been imprisoned for nearly 50 years. The lawmakers wrote, in part: “As Members of Congress, we sign this letter with a deep commitment to the cr… Continue Reading


09.29.23

Ranking Members Grijalva, Huffman, Ocasio-Cortez React to New 5-Year Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Plan

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) today issued the following statements on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s release of a five-year leasing plan for offshore oil and gas development. The plan includes a maximum of three potential offshore lease sales in t… Continue Reading


09.26.23

Prior to Hearing, Ranking Member Grijalva Condemns Committee Republicans for Fueling Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

Washington, D.C. - In advance of tomorrow’s full Committee hearing titled, “Destroying America’s Best Idea: Examining the Biden Administration’s Use of National Park Service Lands for Migrant Camps,” House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement condemning Committee Republicans’ use of extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric in recent political stunts and media appearances: “House Republicans’ infighting is barreling us towards a government s… Continue Reading


09.20.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Applauds Launch of President Biden’s American Climate Corps

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the Biden-Harris administration’s launch of the American Climate Corps. The new workforce training and service initiative will employ more than 20,000 young people, putting them on the path to careers in clean energy, conservation, and climate resilience. The Biden administration also announced $15 million for the Indian Youth Service Corps yesterday. “Young p… Continue Reading


09.12.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Applauds Biden Administration Recommendations for Reforming Severely Outdated Mining Law of 1872

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior-led (DOI) Interagency Working Group on Mining Laws, Regulations, and Permitting released a new report outlining 65 recommendations for modernizing the country’s severely outdated mining system. The report was informed by tens of thousands of public comments, as well as dozens of working group meetings with external stakeholders. Upon release of the report, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) iss… Continue Reading


09.07.23

Government Watchdog: Trump's Border Wall Damaged Environment, Hurt Wildlife & Destroyed Indigenous Sacred Sites

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan government watchdog agency, issued a new report detailing the damage wrought by former President Trump’s border wall on the country’s natural and cultural resources. The report was requested by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in May 2021. CLICK HERE to read GAO’s full report. According to the report, Trump’s border wall and border wall construction have: dest… Continue Reading


09.06.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Commends Cancellation of Oil and Gas Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Washington, D.C. - 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 decision to cancel the seven remaining 2021 oil and gas leases sold under the Trump administration’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) leasing program. The leases were previously suspended due to multiple legal flaws in the Trump administration’s leasing program, including a failure to adequately analyze a reasonable ran… Continue Reading


08.14.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Welcomes Outcome for Montana Youth in Climate Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today welcomed the ruling in favor of Montana youth challenging harmful fossil fuel policies that threaten the health and safety of Montana residents.   “Montana youth prevailed against overwhelming odds to strike down a law barring state regulators from considering the climate change impacts of fossil fuel projects, in violation of the constitutional right to clean air… Continue Reading


08.08.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Delivers Remarks at Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument Designation

Red Butte Airfield, Ariz. – This afternoon, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) delivered remarks at President Biden’s designation of nearly 1 million acres as the new Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in the Red Butte Airfield in Arizona. CLICK HERE for Ranking Member Grijalva’s earlier statement on the announcement of the new national monument. Transcript of Ranking… Continue Reading


08.08.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Hails New Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument, Thanks Tribes for Tireless Efforts

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today celebrated news that President Joe Biden will use his authorities under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate public lands in the Grand Canyon region as the new Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument. The designation is the result of a decades-long effort by the tribes of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition, with the support of en… Continue Reading


07.31.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Applauds Secretary Granholm for Announcing $450 Million for Rooftop Solar and Storage in Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Granholm’s announcement of up to $453.5 million in funding opportunities from the Puerto Rico Energy Resilience Fund (PR-ERF). The funding is part of the $1 billion that Ranking Member Grijalva proposed and helped secure in last year’s omnibus funding bill for rooftop solar and battery storage for l… Continue Reading


07.31.23

Grijalva, Congressional Delegation Representing U.S. Territories Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Place Insular Areas Advisors in Federal Agencies

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and congressional representatives for the U.S. Territories—Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-CNMI), Rep. Jim Moylan (R-Guam), Rep. Jenniffer González Colón (R-Puerto Rico), and Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett (D-USVI)—announced the introduction of H.R. 5001, the bipartisan Special Advisors for Insular Areas Act, which would establish a Special Advisor for Insular Ar… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Blasts GOP’s Pro-Polluter Resolutions to Bully Bats & Chickens, Highlights Republican Inaction on Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. – On the House floor today, House Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) spoke in opposition of S.J. Res 9 and S.J. Res 24, two joint resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to cut Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the lesser prairie chicken and Northern long-eared bat. The American people are facing many pressing issues right now, including record-breaking heat waves across the country fueled by climate change. B… Continue Reading


07.26.23

Reps. Kamlager-Dove, Ocasio-Cortez, and Ross Introduce CLEAN Energy NOW Acts

Washington, D.C. – Top Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee today introduced the CLEAN Energy NOW Acts to advance clean energy development on our public lands and waters by repealing ties to fossil fuel leasing requirements mandated by last year’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA includes $369 billion for climate and clean energy, the biggest investment in history. However, provisions that tie clean energy to fossil fuel development increase harmful carbon polluti… Continue Reading


07.25.23

Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on President Biden’s designation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument. Today would have been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday. “The brutal murder of Emmett Till and the acquittal of his murderers was an injustice of the most unthinkable kind. But even worse, it was no anomaly,” said Ranking Member Grijalva. R… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Ranking Member Grijalva, Reps. Huffman, Porter, Susie Lee, Levin Commend Biden Administration’s Proposed Oil and Gas Rule, Highlight Democrats’ Efforts

Washington, D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), and Mike Levin (D-Calif.) today issued the following statements on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) newly proposed rule for onshore oil and gas leasing on public lands. The proposed rule reflects long overdue reforms to the leasing program th… Continue Reading

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