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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.

NM DELEGATION News:

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
 
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

U.S. Senate Through Filibuster Defeats Background Checks

on April 21, 2013 - 9:23am

Hundreds of people from Los Alamos and throughout Northern New Mexico gathered on the plaza in Santa Fe last week to support background checks to purchase a gun. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate through filibuster defeated the measure. Courtesy photo

Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

on April 20, 2013 - 10:01pm

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., led a bipartisan group of senators in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests.

April 19 was the 24-year anniversary of the introduction of the original Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in the U.S. Senate.

Sens.

Local GOP Elects New Officers

on April 19, 2013 - 2:41pm

Newly elected Chairman Robert Gibson of the Los Alamos County Republican Party. Courtesy photo

New GOP Officers elected Thursday include from left, Lawry Mann - 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack - Secretary, Norma
Tech - Treasurer, Robert Gibson - Chairman and Bill McKerley - 1st Vice Chair. Courtesy photo

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos elected its 2013-2014 officers during its County Convention held Thursday evening at UNM-LA.

Robert Gibson was elected Chairman, Bill McCurley is 1st Vice Chair, Lawry Mann was elected 2nd Vice Chair, Marion Pack is the new Secretary and Norma
Tech

Heinrich Seeks DOE Assurance for LANL Cleanup Funds

on April 19, 2013 - 12:58pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider the president's proposed budget for the Department of Energy for fiscal year 2014.

During that hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sought assurance from DOE’s Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Poneman that waste cleanup efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory would receive sufficient funding this year.

This is part of Heinrich’s ongoing effort to ensure all priority cleanup efforts at LANL stay on schedule.

On April 3, Senators Heinrich and Tom Udall

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Visits LANL

on April 19, 2013 - 7:42am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Carl Trujillo chat with scientists during a visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday. Courtesy photo

Udall Statement on Defeat of Bipartisan Background Check Amendment

on April 18, 2013 - 1:04pm
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement following the Senate’s consideration of amendments to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, including the Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on commercial gun sales:
 
"The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey agreement would have expanded criminal background checks to reduce gun violence while upholding the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
 
"Fifty-four United States senators voted in agreement with 90 percent of the American people that

Luján, Lujan Grisham Write to President Obama with Concerns over Proposed Cuts to Social Security Benefits

on April 17, 2013 - 9:41am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote to President Obama recently to express their concerns with provisions in the President's budget that would impact Social Security and reduce benefits for New Mexico seniors.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
Below is the text of the letter:

April 16, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20502

Dear Mr. President:

It was with great interest that we reviewed the 2014

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