Raúl Grijalva to Focus on Puerto Rico, Climate Change, Indian Country, and Ryan Zinke
AZ Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva took the helm of the House Natural Resources Committee, much to the delight of progressives. A measure to advance Puerto Rico statehood is expected to pass through his committee. Grijalva is also expected to hold hearings on the environmental complications of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall and use his authority to probe the PR Financial Oversight and Management Board’s alleged conflicts of interest, as well as its proposals for having Puerto Rico pay back its creditors. Another one of his targets? Former Interior SecretaryRyan Zinke, whose tenure was plagued by scandals. “He’s gone, but his decisions and how he reached those decisions, I still believe are open for public review and public scrutiny,” Grijalva said. The 70-year-old lawmaker also welcomed new members to the Committee, including TJ Cox (D-CA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Mike Levin (D-CA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), and Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam). A Subcommittee chairmanship of particular interest to Beat readers: Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) will Chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States -- which is responsible for all matters regarding Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and the 573 federally recognized Native American tribes and their relations with the U.S. More on the Committee here.