from the Center for Biological Diversity
NOTE: Pax Christi USA signed onto this letter.
WASHINGTON— A diverse coalition of groups today urged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic caucus to elect Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) as the next ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. In today’s letter, the groups make a strong case for why Grijalva’s unwavering commitment to protecting America’s long-term environmental security makes him the right choice to succeed Rep. Peter DeFazio, who is expected to become ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Grijalva, long-recognized for his leadership for conserving the nation’s resources as a public trust, is currently ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus.
“Congressman Grijalva has been one of our strongest voices for environmental stewardship, protection of public lands and endangered wildlife, and environmental justice for underrepresented communities,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “We need Congressman Grijalva’s leadership and his commitment to putting the long-term environmental and economic interests of all Americans ahead of the short-sighted self-interests of those looking only to profit from our public lands.”
Today’s letter notes that Rep. Grijalva has “shown exemplary leadership throughout his career fighting to protect our common environmental heritage, both in his district and across our nation,” and that such leadership will be crucial to beat back attacks on the environment in 114th Congress…