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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 […]

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Chair Grijalva Cheers Environmental Funding Bills as House Appropriators Provide Strong Conservation Support, Oversight of Trump Admin.

Washington D.C. May 22, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today thanked the House Appropriations Committee for increasing environmental funding in a pair of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, which now head to the House floor. The Committee’s just-approved bills – one for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and the other for Commerce, Justice […]

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Chair Grijalva Introduces Bill to Protect Threatened Species

Washington, D.C. May 22, 2019  – In celebration of International Biodiversity Day, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill this morning to protect species that face extreme risk of extinction. The Extinction Prevention Act of 2019 provides much-needed funding for some of the most imperiled wildlife species in the United States. “It’s unthinkable for […]

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Reps. Grijalva and Schweikert Introduce The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act

WASHINGTON May 21, 2019 – Today, Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA). The bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit traveling circuses from holding exotic animals such as lions, tigers, and elephants in captivity. The legislation is narrowly targeted to address known public safety […]

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Hardrock Mining Reform Legislation Introduced to Modernize Mining Royalties, Address Taxpayer-Funded Mine Cleanups

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 9, 2019 – At a recently concluded Capitol Hill press conference this morning, Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), announced the introduction of their House and Senate mining reform bills to modernize the nation’s badly antiquated hardrock mining laws. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), […]

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Grijalva, Huffman Push DOI on Refusal to Cooperate With GAO Inquiry on Water Issue Dating to Bernhardt’s Previous Tenure

Washington, D.C. April 10, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who chairs the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today calling for immediate cooperation by the Department of the Interior (DOI), which has refused to discuss unusual financial […]

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Grijalva Introduces CECIL Act to Limit Importation of Lions, Other Threatened Species to the U.S.

Washington, D.C. April 10, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, a bill that restricts the importation of African lion trophies and other sport-hunted species that have been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bill is […]

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Grijalva Hails House Passage of Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Bill

Washington, D.C.­ April 9, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, which he introduced April 2. Thanks to Grijalva’s leadership, the House approved the bill – formally designated H.R. 2030 – by a voice vote, expediting passage and avoiding procedural hurdles to get […]

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Chair Grijalva on Sage Grouse Policy Revisions: “This is a Smash-and-Grab Job, and Acting Secretary Bernhardt’s Clients Will Benefit Most”

Washington, D.C. March 15, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the Trump administration’s newly announced revision to sage grouse habitat policy. “As part of its ongoing campaign to hand over public lands to fossil fuel companies, this administration is rolling back sage grouse protections that many stakeholders created […]

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Grijalva, Cummings and Speier Express Concern with Forest Service’s R5 Failure to Address Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 14, 2019)—Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; and Rep. Jackie Speier, the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, issued the following statement in response to a new report from […]

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Chair Grijalva Champions Bold Climate Action, Supports Green New Deal Resolution

Washington, D.C. Feb. 7, 2019 – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced his support for the Green New Deal resolution unveiled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and other Congressional Democrats. Grijalva, who yesterday led the first in a monthlong series of hearings on climate change in the Natural Resources Committee, […]

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Chairman Grijalva: Trump Withholding California Wildfire Money Shows the White House Now Only Governs by Threat

Washington, D.C. January 9, 2019 – Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva today said that President Trump’s announcement on Twitter this morning that he will instruct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to withhold any wildfire recovery money from the state of California until it changes its “Forrest Management” (sic) policies is a sign that Trump knows […]

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Grijalva: Shutdown Has Damaged Public Lands, Indian Country, U.S. Economy – Dem Funding Plan to End Shutdown is Best Step Forward

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who is expected to chair the House Natural Resources Committee during the 116th Congress, said today that President Trump’s ongoing government shutdown has significantly damaged the economy and our national parks and public lands, and that he will support the package of House Democratic bills to fund […]

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Ranking Member Grijalva: Trump Is Hurting Americans By Ignoring Climate Change Findings From His Own Administration

Washington, D.C. Nov. 26, 2018– Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today following President Trump’s attempt to bury the Fourth Annual Climate Assessment by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving, instead of next month as was expected. “The President’s attempts to cover up the real and urgent findings of the most […]

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Ranking Member Grijalva Pushes for Answers On Interior Dept. Weakening of Public Access to Endangered Species Records

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 19, 2018 – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter today to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke seeking information about new guidance issued to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) employees restricting information released through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests specific to the Endangered Species Act. The full letter is […]

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Committee Democrats: Don’t Use Forest Service Rulemakings to Hand Fossil Fuel/ Mining Companies the Keys to Our National Forests

Washington, D.C. Oct. 16, 2018 – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, jointly submitted formal comments yesterday afternoon on two U.S. Forest Service Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) in which they highlighted the proposals’ overwhelming industry favoritism and potential […]

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House Democrats Urge Zinke to Halt to Further Action on Shrinking Utah Natl. Monuments

Washington, D.C. Oct. 1, 2018 – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz) and Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Michele Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) led a pair of letters to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today, each signed by 61 of their House Democratic colleagues, urging him to halt work on any environmental impact statement (EIS) or monument […]

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