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Chair Grijalva, Committee Members Urge Interior to Reverse Trump-Era Decision Approving Highway through Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter today with eight other Natural Resources Committee members to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland urging reversal of the Trump administration’s decision to approve the Northern Corridor Highway (NCH) through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (Red Cliffs NCA) in southern Utah. […]

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Chair Grijalva Statement on Biden Administration’s Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Washington, D.C. November 16, 2021– Ahead of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale tomorrow—the first new fossil fuel lease sale in 2021—Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today criticized the Biden administration’s choice to hold the sale without first explaining in detail to the American people how it […]

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Grijalva, Huffman, DeGette Lead 60 Members Urging Biden Support Repeal of Arctic Refuge Drilling Program in Build Back Better Act

Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) sent a letter today signed by 60 House Democrats to President Biden urging him to support the repeal of the oil and gas leasing program for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a buyback of the leases issued in January 2021. […]

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Chair Grijalva Urges DOI, USDA, Agency Chiefs to Protect Texas Public Lands From Governor’s Attempted Border Wall Construction

In a letter sent this morning, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) urges senior federal land management officials to protect federal public lands in Texas from the impacts of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposed construction of new sections of wall, using state taxpayer money and private donations, along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his letter, Grijalva draws attention to […]

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Chair Grijalva, Subcommittee Chairs Slam Rush to Lease Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain Before Biden Inauguration

Washington, D.C. December 7, 2020 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today seeking an explanation of how the Department of the Interior can move […]

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Chairs Grijalva, Castor Introduce Landmark Oceans Solutions Bill to Tackle Climate Crisis

Washington D.C.October 20, 2020 –  House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act at a virtual press conference with his co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), original cosponsors, and a range of bill endorsers. This landmark legislation was introduced by more […]

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Grijalva Applauds House Passage of Bills to Strengthen Indian Country, Combat Crisis of Murdered and Indigenous Women

Washington D.C. Sept. 22, 3030 – Yesterday the House of Representatives passed six bipartisan Natural Resources Committee bills under suspension of the rules, including two bills to combat the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Of those six, five have now been approved by both the House and Senate and are set to become […]

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Chair Grijalva: Proposal to Transfer Millions in Taxpayer Money to Soda Ash Producers is Perfect Example of Trump’s Destructiveness

Tucson, Ariz. Sept 1, 2020– Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said today that the Trump administration’s draft final rule providing a $177 million giveaway to producers of soda ash – an industry whose output has grown in the United States by about 1 percent per year since 1998 – is a perfect example of everything […]

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Chair Grijalva, Haaland Slam Trump’s Attempt to Rewrite History for Political Gain

Washington D.C. August 5, 2020 – Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice-Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), sent a letter to President Trump and U.S. Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt challenging the legality, use of taxpayer money, and political goals of Trump’s Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes that was issued at his […]

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Chair Grijalva Hails Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. July 22, 2020 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress’ most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. The bill – for which Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) is the House sponsor – fully funds the successful and popular Land and Water […]

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Chair Raúl M. Grijalva: On the Supreme Court’s McGirt Ruling: Taking Laws and Treaties at Face Value is Overdue

Washington, D.C. July 9, 2020– Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in McGirtv. Oklahoma, which holds that much of the Eastern portion of Oklahoma is still a part of “Indian country” because Congress never changed the terms of longstanding treaties to that effect. “Our country is in […]

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On 10-Year Anniversary of BP Oil Spill, Chair Grijalva Issues Report Highlighting Costs of Trump Admin Deregulation, Potentially Unethical Behavior

Washington, D.C. April 20, 2020 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released a report looking at the Trump administration’s regulatory failures and rollbacks in light of the 10-year anniversary of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Among other findings, the report – available at https://bit.ly/3eCQD4U – highlights the financial, environmental, […]

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Chair Grijalva Hails Passage of Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act to Block New Uranium Mining

Washington, D.C. March 30, 2020– Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which advanced on a 236-185 vote. The bill sets a permanent moratorium on new uranium mining claims on just over 1 million acres of federally protected public lands to the north and south of Grand […]

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Chair Grijalva, Rep. Cartwright Urge Congressional Leaders Not to Bail Out Coal Industry as Part of Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. March 20, 2020– Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) today wrote to Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate urging them to reject the National Mining Association’s (NMA) campaign for a taxpayer-funded bailout of the coal industry. In a recent letter to President Trump and congressional leaders, […]

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Natural Resources Committee Threatens Subpoena if Seven-Day Deadline for Interior Department Document Production is Unmet

Washington, D.C. March 9, 2020 – In a new letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) says the Natural Resources Committee will begin issuing subpoenas unless the Interior Department hands over a variety of documents the Committee has requested – some for more than a year – as […]

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Chair Grijalva, Sen. Carper Blast President Trump’s Efforts to Gut NEPA

Washington D.C. Feb. 25, 2020 – House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) testified today at a public hearing on the Trump administration’s proposed rollbacks of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. NEPA, one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws, has […]

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Grijalva Calls for Reversal of Decision That Expedites Mining Approvals

Washington D.C. Jan. 22, 2020 – Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva sent a letter to Alexander H. Herrgott, the Executive Director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, opposing the Council’s recent decision to expedite permit approvals for the hardrock mining industry. Chair Grijalva warns that this move demonstrates a disregard for […]

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Chair Grijalva Asks DOI Sec. Bernhardt for Data on Staff Losses Due to Forced BLM Transfers

Washington, D.C. Dec. 16, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today requesting a full analysis of the staffing consequences of Bernhardt’s forced transfer of D.C.-based Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees to locations across the West. The forced move, which has been widely criticized as poorly planned and […]

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Grijalva Blasts Trump Handover of 560 Acres of Protected Public Lands to Army for Border Wall Construction

Washington D.C. September 23, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement on the news that President Trump’s Department of the Interior will transfer 560 acres of federally protected public lands to the U.S. Army for the construction of 70 miles of Trump’s unpopular border wall, paid for with taxpayer money. Grijalva recently released […]