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Rep. Grijalva Elected Ranking Member of Natural Resources Committee

Rep. Raúl Grijalva ~ a friend to Horses, Burros and the American Dream

Rep. Raúl Grijalva ~ a friend to Horses, Burros and the American Dream


Wednesday November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) was elected Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with preserving America’s public lands, nation’s parks, fisheries, wildlife, as well as oversight over Native American affairs and mineral land laws.

Grijalva, a life-long proponent of environmental stewardship, has served on the committee since arriving in Congress in 2003, and has held the distinction as the highest ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation since January 2007.

“I am honored to be elected Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee in the 114th Congress,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Our environmental protections will be challenged like never before under the Republican-controlled House and Senate, but under my leadership, Natural Resources Democrats will ensure the protections that took generations to build up will not be torn down.”

Grijalva’s ascent to the top Democratic seat comes after years of proactive work on the Natural Resources Committee. Over his 12 years of tenure, Grijalva authored four bills protecting the rights of Native Americans and providing vital services on reservations that have been signed into law. In 2008, Grijalva authored legislation that created the National Landscape Conservation System, which includes 877 federally recognized areas and approximately 30 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert. In 2011, he worked closely with then-Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to have 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon withdrawn from the threats posed by Uranium mining for a minimum of 20 years.

“My drive and my passion as a legislator are for these issues and this committee,” Grijalva continued. “As Ranking Member, I will fight to ensure the American people are properly compensated for the minerals mined on federal land. I will continue my efforts to ensure oil companies don’t cut corners to place the pursuit of massive profits over the well being of the American people. And while I will oppose Republican

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  1. YAY YAY YAY !!!!!! I am so Happy , he is a Great Man, will he have power over the BLM , I PRAY HE DOES !!!!!!! A true advocate for Our Wild Mustangs YAY !!!!!


  2. This is great news! Finally someone with some sense of protecting the environment and wildlife. I was reading the article from 2012 about the push to nominate him for Sec. of the Interior and wondered who paid off the Obama administration to appoint Sally Jewell, who’s background is just full of ties to the oil and gas industry. Too bad, he would have been perfect in that position. Certainly hope he can help rein in the BLM.


  3. Let’s thank the stars above. I can’t think of a finer man to take the lead of this committee. If we ever had a chance for change, it is now. I will send my congradulations and my gratitude for accepting this challenge. I know many Senators look to him and respect him very much.


    • Dear Gail , and everyone PLEASE send to Rep. Grijalva all Praises we have respectfully have given to him here………………………….


  4. This is incredibly good news! When he was at BLM’s Palomino Valley holding pens, he had a no sidestepping facetoface with Alan Shepherd, Nevada wild horse lead. Pleasant, but no backing down, baby. Love Grijalva.


    • i agree , I respect this man , he doesnt back down, he makes no bones about it he is definetly a Mustang man…………………………….He recognizes their worth , and their Beauty and knows they are needed and he will fight for them !!!!!! How could they not appoint or elect him………. The mustangs have a awesome powerful friend !!!!!!


  5. Now there is a possibility of reprieve for Our Wild Horses and Burros. I doubt that he will have much influence with the BLM, but some perhaps. The energy, ranching, and hunting interests have pretty much locked that up but it is certainly a wedge in the side of corruption – just wish it was a gun in the side rather than a wedge.


  6. We really should show our respects by all writing him swiftly, and let him know that were behind him 100%, every second of every day. No time for rest. I haven’t heard, ready such wonderful News! Time has come for all of our fights, and being pushed around by what? Our Government? Hell with them. They should have never been able to push us all around, for all the Horses and Burro’s who have lost their lives, or may be being tortured in a barn somewhere. I have had it. BLM, Sally Jewell, Ranchers, selfish selfish Ranchers. They existed all of them together and then the blame on the Wild Mustangs for ruining the grass they all graze on and in. Enough is enough. My Lord, please let this man truly guide us through this and expose the truth.
    Thank you so much for this Wonderful Birthday Gift. Will send this to every one, ASAP! For we surely love this land, that a lot of is ours, yours and mine, and we insist that the animals are put back where they belong. Spirit Horse for some, oh yes they are. Wild Mustang, the words their selves are such Beautiful sounds. They are truly Spirit Horses to I as well. Pray. Pray. Tell God what we need, every bit of it, and ask sweetly for his help, for he will.Be sure to thank him for everything he has touched in our young sweet lives. We must believe. Pray for Mr. Raul, and his hard work ahead, yet show him how we proudly stand behind him.Sincerely, Debra L Parr ThunderHorse55


  7. WHAT A PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!!! Indeed, he should have been appointed Secretary of the Interior. Perhaps, now our Wild Mustangs/burrows. .. even our wolves, have a chance for humane treatment.


    • Dear Jane, what a wonderful Thanksgiving Present for our Mustangs , if ever there is real tangible help available for our Mustangs , this is the man to do it, he has been steadfast for many years for Our Mustangs working from within, he has a purpose for all he has done along his way for our MUSTANGS , THIS IS IT, HE HAS A MIRACLE TO PERFORM, he knows what it is and his eye has always been On that PRIZE, it is FREEDOM for Our Mustangs !!!!! With the help from all of us, he will do this !!!!!!! I feel this so strongly I awakened with this overwhelming feeling , remember he cannot do this without our complete backing and help in any way we can…………………………….. I can hear the Wild Mustangs now, they know what Mr Grijalva will do !!!!! The Mustangs our our pillar of FREEDOM …………………………….


  8. Well hopefully this man makes a difference. I often hold my breath waiting to see if protections for Mustangs and other wildlife will be enforced or removed. If he helps theMustangs….God speed to him and if not God help have mercy on his soul.


  9. Well hopefully this man makes a difference. I often hold my breath waiting to see if protections for Mustangs and other wildlife will be enforced or removed. If he helps theMustangs….God speed to him and if not God help have mercy on his soul.


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