Senator highlighted the economic and cultural importance of her legislation as the Senate Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee considers Sinema’s Grand Canyon Protection Act
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema submitted a statement of support highlighting the importance her Grand Canyon Protection Act for Arizona’s economy, environment, and culture as the Senate Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee considers the legislation.
“It is our responsibility to be thoughtful stewards of our environment and its inhabitants. In the west, we are especially attuned to the challenges of balancing a wide range of local demands: conservation, recreation, economic development, ranching, and hunting, among others. As an outdoor enthusiast, I have great personal appreciation for the Grand Canyon and Arizona’s many other natural treasures. Arizona’s economy depends on protecting the Grand Canyon and ensuring it remains a safe and stunning part of our outdoor heritage for generations to come,” said Sinema.
The Grand Canyon Protection Act – legislation Sinema introduced with fellow Arizona Senator Mark Kelly – permanently withdraws from development more than one million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon and requires a study assessing the availability of domestically sourced uranium for national security. This protects Arizona’s water supply, outdoor recreation and tourism industries, and tribal communities.
Sinema also introduced the Grand Canyon Protection Act in the 116th Congress, working with the Havasupai Tribe, Grand Canyon Trust, and local stakeholders to develop this legislation.
Click HERE to read Sinema’s full statement.