October 30, 2019 Press Releases

McSally Silent On Backers’ Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Push

McSally Silent On Special Interest Backers’ Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Push

McSally has refused to stand up for Arizona, as Washington Republicans and her corporate special interest backers have increasingly pushed for Grand Canyon uranium mining

PHOENIX — Does Arizona’s unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally support her party and corporate donors’ efforts to expand uranium mining in the Grand Canyon area, or does she support U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Tom O’Halleran’s legislative measure to permanently “halt new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon“?

McSally won’t say.

Today, the Arizona Mirror reported that “A spokeswoman for Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally did not respond to a request for comment about whether she supports the [Grijalva] effort.” The Grijalva bill is expected to face a Wednesday vote in the House of Representatives.

Similarly, National Journal earlier this month reported that “A spokesperson for McSally declined to comment [about her views on the issue], and so far she hasn’t come out with a position on Grand Canyon mining.”

While McSally remains silent on the issue, Washington Republicans and special interest groups have reportedly been looking at opening up the Grand Canyon area to uranium mining since 2017. And the Trump administration “signal[ed] a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon” in June 2019.

But McSally, who has received more than $480,000 from mineral extraction and fossil fuel industry corporate PACs, hasn’t so much as “come out with a position on Grand Canyon mining.”

Instead, McSally has remained silent on the issue — further proving that she’ll always side with her party and corporate special interest donors instead doing what’s right for Arizonans.