Grijalva Leads Natural Resources Dems in Call to Hold Hearings on Sexual Harassment at Interior
Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) on Monday led the entire Democratic Caucus of the House Natural Resources Committee in a letter to Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requesting a hearing on sexual harassment and other types of workplace harassment at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and its agencies. Since 2017, Bishop has rejected similar calls from Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), the top Dem on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “Workplace harassment isn’t an issue you get to ignore, at least not any more,” said Grijalva. “We know the scope of the problem, especially thanks to the DOI employee audit earlier this year. Democrats believe this calls for serious congressional oversight. Our Republican counterparts seem to think it can continue to be swept under the rug. We’ll miss crucial opportunities for improvement if they feel they don’t need to take this unacceptable behavior seriously.” McEachin stated that “[n]early one year ago, I asked Chairman Bishop for a hearing on this important issue. ... Now here we are still in search of answers about what Secretary Zinke and other leaders at the Department of Interior plan to do to address the pervasive sexual harassment culture.” The hearing request follows the January release of "#InteriorToo: Addressing Sexual Harassment Across the Department of the Interior Starts With Strong Anti-Harassment Policies," a report by the Democratic staff of the Committee that identified policy reforms at the agency and DOI level. See the letter here.