Dems to GOP: Investigate mining companies, not greens

By Hannah Northey | 05/21/2024 06:42 AM EDT

Lawmakers also introduced critical minerals legislation in recent days.

Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.).

House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) during a press conference in June. Grijalva has been using foreign ownership of some mining companies to rebut Republican arguments on the issue. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Democrats are trying to flip the script on the GOP’s investigations into whether environmental groups are illegally representing foreign interests.

Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Reps. Melanie Stansbury of New Mexico and Jared Huffman of California on Monday called on Chair Bruce Westerman of Arkansas to expand an ongoing investigation to include mining companies with foreign ties that may be sidestepping congressional oversight.

The Republican-led bicameral inquiry has so far focused on ties between national environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters and China.


“Mining companies with foreign funding, significant amounts of foreign shareholders, and/or foreign parent companies are lobbying to undermine U.S. law and policy that protects our environment, economy, and national security,” the Democrats told Westerman in a letter.