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

Washington, D.C. October 6, 2023 – 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 […]

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At Budget Hearing, Grijalva Calls Out House GOP for Proposing to Gut Interior, Hurt Americans with Reckless Budget Cuts and Chaos

Washington, D.C. April 19, 2023 – Today, at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the President Biden’s FY 2024 budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) delivered the following opening statement blasting Republicans for proposing devasting cuts across the federal agencies, including DOI.  WATCH Ranking Member Grijalva’s full statement. […]

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Chair Grijalva Celebrates Designation of Camp Hale as First New National Monument of Biden Presidency

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on President Joseph R. Biden’s designation of Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument in Colorado. “I applaud President Biden for using his authorities under the Antiquities Act to designate the first new national monument of his presidency. With its rich cultural and natural history, […]

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Chair Grijalva Statement on Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, Postponement of Oversight Hearing

Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today issued the following statement on the catastrophic flooding, ongoing destruction, and island-wide power outage caused by Hurricane Fiona, a Category 1 hurricane that struck Puerto Rico yesterday. The storm hit the island only two days before the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest […]

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Additional Members Sign Chair Grijalva Letter to House Leadership Opposing Permitting Rider in Continuing Resolution, Totaling 77

Washington, D.C. September 12, 2022 – Following requests from members to add their signatures, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent an updated letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) opposing the permitting side deal. The letter is now signed by a total of […]

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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 – 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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