Press Releases

If you are a member of the media looking to contact the office about a press matter, please call Communications Director Geoffrey Nolan at (202) 225-2435 or (202) 580-5289. You can also e-mail him at geoff.nolan@mail.house.gov. You can view statements Rep. Grijalva has released through the Congressional Progressive Caucus here. For statements pertaining to natural resource issues, please visit the Natural Resource Committee Democrats website.

Jul 13, 2007 Press Release
Yuma International Airport was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The grant will provide federal funding to modify the passenger terminal building at the Yuma MCAS/Yuma International Airport. The project is necessary for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase efficiency in screening and processing of passengers through the terminal.
Jul 13, 2007 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives last night voted by a margin of 333- to 83 to pass H.R. 1851, the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA). SEVRA corrects the formula for voucher allocation by using more recent and accurate statistics. Affordable housing advocates estimate the use of outdated information has led to the loss of 150,000 vouchers since 2004. In 2005, the Department of Housing and Urban Development found 6.5 million low-income renter households that did not receive housing assistance had paid more than half of their income for rent and utilities or lived in severely substandard rental housing. This number increased by 20 percent between 2001 and 2005.
Jul 12, 2007 Press Release
Today, I voted in support of the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act which requires American forces to begin redeploying within 120 days and to complete the transition to a limited presence in Iraq by April 1, 2008. This resolution came to a vote the same day the Bush Administration released the interim report to Congress on the results of troop escalation and the progress on benchmarks included in the last Iraq Supplemental. The interim report shows that no progress has been made on half the benchmarks, and the validity and significance of the claims on the others are either transparently false or highly questionable.
Jul 12, 2007 Press Release
Representative Raúl M. Grijalva?s legislation, a bill to designate the Santa Cruz Valley a National Heritage Area, H.R. 1855, was considered before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands in a hearing on the bill today. H.R. 1855 now awaits consideration by the full Committee on Natural Resources. By designating the region as a National Heritage Area, the legislation will help preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources in the Santa Cruz Valley.
Jul 12, 2007 Press Release

If you are a member of the media looking to contact the office about a press matter, please call Communications Director Geoffrey Nolan at (202) 225-2435 or (202) 580-5289. You can also e-mail him at geoff.nolan@mail.house.gov. You can view statements Rep. Grijalva has released through the Congressional Progressive Caucus here.

Jul 11, 2007 Press Release
CPC Co-Chairs Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison led a 33-member letter to President Obama Jan. 21 calling on him to protect Social Security in the State of the Union address.URL=(http://grijalva.dchou01.house.gov/uploads/CPC%20Letter%20to%20Obama%20on%20Social%20Security%20and%20State%20of%20the%20Union.pdf)
Jun 27, 2007 Press Release
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva has announced his support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27th. ?AIDS is one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time,? replied Grijalva. ?With over 1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, and approximately 38 million people worldwide, this is a problem we cannot ignore. Targeted, comprehensive prevention programs are absolutely necessary, and access to services must be uniform across income levels and racial lines. On this day, we as a community stand united to stop the epidemic, starting with education, prevention, and testing.?
Jun 06, 2007 Press Release
Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva introduced legislation that will help secure and conserve public and tribal lands and natural resources along the international land borders of the United States. The Borderlands Conservation and Security Act of 2007 will help mitigate damage to Federal and tribal lands from illegal border activity and border enforcement efforts by increasing coordination and planning between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal land management agencies and tribes. ?Current policy has driven crossing activity to remote isolated areas along the border, which in Southern Arizona, represent significant public and tribal lands,? said Rep. Grijalva.
May 23, 2007 Press Release
I will oppose the Iraq supplemental to be voted on in the House this week. I continue to appreciate the difficult task that leadership faced in creating this legislation and the inclusion of a number of provisions in this bill that are desperately needed and that I wholeheartedly support. These include the minimum wage increase, continued recovery for the people and communities of the Gulf Cost region, and health care needs of our veterans and our children. I have opposed funding this war from the beginning, and I have no interest in funding it now. The previous supplemental, The Iraq Accountability Act, though flawed and at odds with many of my beliefs, represented a chance for hope. It had represented a first, all be it tentative, step in the difficult process of finally bringing this devastating war to an ultimate end through accountability standards that were tied to a withdrawal plan to bring our troops home. But I cannot in good conscience support this new version of an Iraq war funding bill.

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