Press Releases

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Sep 27, 2007 Press Release
Today, landmark legislation was signed into law to help millions of students and their families pay for college, with no new cost to U.S. taxpayers. The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is the single largest investment in college financial assistance since the GI Bill in 1944. And it will take effect at no new cost to taxpayers by cutting excess subsidies paid by the federal government to lenders in the student loan industry.
Sep 26, 2007 Press Release
Representative Raúl M. Grijalva?s bill to designate the Santa Cruz Valley a National Heritage Area was approved by the Committee on Natural Resources today. ?This designation is an opportunity for us to promote the rich, diverse heritage and the inspiring natural wonders of the Santa Cruz Valley,? said Rep. Grijalva. ?Designation will encourage voluntary conservation of significant natural, cultural, and working landscapes, while providing economic opportunities for local businesses through increased tourism.?
Sep 20, 2007 Press Release
Earlier this month, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released their findings on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and noted that middle schools are considerably over-represented among schools who fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). ?Middle Schools are a forgotten piece to the No Child Left Behind puzzle, and yet they represent over half of all students tested under NCLB,? said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, a member of the Education and Labor Committee. ?This reauthorization is a critical opportunity to advance national middle level policy and help raise student achievement in the middle grades. Thoroughly preparing all students to graduate ready for a demanding global economy makes the transformation of middle level education an imperative.? This past summer, Rep. Grijalva introduced H.R. 3406, the Success in the Middle Act, which would offer federal support low-performing middle schools.
Sep 19, 2007 Press Release
Nelson Mandela once said, "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." The recent Census Bureau report states that the number of uninsured children nationwide rose to 8.7 million in 2006 from 8 million in 2005. It is clear that the health of children is not a national priority; this is something that we must change.Congress is currently engrossed in the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program, of which the ultimate goal should be to cover as many children as possible. The program, set to expire on Sept. 30, is relying on a compromise between the House and Senate bills ? a process that is currently being delayed by Senate Republicans.The major difference is that the House version will cover 5 million more children than are currently covered ? 2 million more than in the Senate bill. The House version also has the further goal of making much-needed fixes to our health-care system as a whole.
Sep 13, 2007 Press Release
I am deeply disappointed that there is still no end in sight to our nation?s tragic entanglement in Iraq. The President?s ?announcement? is deceptive. Mr. Bush is ?announcing? the end of the surge as if it were his own decision. In fact, the removal of the 30,000 additional troops from Iraq was already scheduled, and when the President initially announced the surge he stated that the escalation would be temporary. President Bush touting this partial drawdown as an indicator of success is like the rooster taking credit for the dawn.
Sep 11, 2007 Press Release
Rep. Grijalva welcomed notice from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to designate I-10 as a Corridor of the Future. The Corridors of the Future Program is one of the Department of Transportation?s initiatives aimed at reducing traffic congestion by using public and private resources. The strategy includes building new roads and adding lanes to existing roads, building truck-only lanes and bypasses, and integrating real-time traffic technology, like lane management, that can match available capacity on roads to changing traffic demands.
Sep 07, 2007 Press Release
Today, the U.S. Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669) Conference Report. The House approved the bill 292 to 97, while the Senate voted 79 to 12 to approve the bill. The conference report now goes to the President?s desk for his signature. The landmark legislation represents the largest increase in student aid since the GI bill. This legislation will help millions of students and their families pay for college, with no new cost to U.S. taxpayers.
Aug 27, 2007 Press Release
The resignation of Attorney General Gonzales is long overdue. Attorney General Gonzales long ago lost the confidence of the people of this nation due to the rampant politicization of federal law enforcement that occurred under his tenure.
Aug 27, 2007 Press Release
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Grijalva Elementary, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva will participate in the celebration activities on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. ?I am excited to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of Grijalva Elementary,? said Grijalva. ?To know that youth who have attended and succeeded at a school that is named after me is humbling and only strengthens my confidence and expectations for an even greater future for current and future students of Grijalva Elementary.?
Aug 23, 2007 Press Release
In advance of the 91st anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) on Saturday, August 25, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands today noted the challenges and opportunities facing the NPS as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016