Grijalva warns Westerman on stalled mining bill

By Manuel Quiñones, Hannah Northey | 05/03/2024 06:20 AM EDT

House Natural Resources Democrats say the committee must reconsider the legislation.

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

House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva wants the committee to revisit contentious mining legislation that stalled on the floor this week.

H.R. 2925, the “Mining Regulatory Clarity Act,” from Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), would make clear mining companies can store waste on land that doesn’t have economically recoverable minerals. A 2019 court ruling raised alarm among U.S. mining leaders and their allies on Capitol Hill.

The bill was poised for passage Wednesday, but a handful of Republicans, upset with their leadership, voted with Democrats to send it back to committee. Now Grijalva wants a new hearing and markup, according to a letter released Thursday.


“Sending a bill back to committee in this manner is a historic step not seen in more than 32 years,” wrote Grijalva. “Now that the bill is back in our committee, I would have hoped this would finally be the end of the road for this toxic mining free-for-all mess of a bill.”