Heinrich To Participate In Bicameral Press Conference On Anniversary Of 150-Year-Old Mining Law

WASHINGTON – Today, Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. MT at the House Triangle of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)will join U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) for an in-person press conference to discuss newly introduced legislation to reform the nation’s antiquated Mining Law of 1872.

A livestream will be available HERE. 

Senator Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently introduced the Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act. Representative Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced similar legislation in the House.

At the press conference, lawmakers along with organizations supportive of the legislation will discuss their legislation and the importance of reforming the nation’s 150-year-old mining law, especially given the increasing demand for critical minerals necessary for a clean energy transition.

Modernizing the nation’s mineral leasing system will address major environmental justice concerns, protect our public lands, and ensure a fair return for American taxpayers.

The full text of Senator Heinrich’s Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act is available here. A fact sheet can be found here. 

Interested press should email press@heinrich.senate.gov to RSVP.


  • U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
  • U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
  • U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)
  • Lauren Pagel, Policy Director for Earthworks
  • Jeff Stiffarm, President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community

WHAT: Press conference on anniversary of 150-year-old Mining Law

WHEN: Today, Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. ET/ 12 p.m. MT

WHERE: House Triangle of the U.S. Capitol