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U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Ban Surprise Billing

on October 4, 2017 - 5:08pm
U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced health care legislation that will prohibit surprise billing. The Fair Billing Act is designed to protect patients from being charged expensive out-of-network rates for services they get at in-network hospitals.
 
“Medical billing is extremely complicated, even in the best of circumstances,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

Robert Patterson Named DEA Acting Administrator

on October 4, 2017 - 8:46am

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
 
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
 
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
 
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

AFT-NM: Early Endorsements For 2018 Election

on October 2, 2017 - 3:36pm

AFT-NM News:
  • Statewide Candidates for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General are Champions for Educators and Working New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and AFT-NM Committee on Political Education Chair Sara Attleson announced that AFT-NM’s Executive Committee, in late September, voted to endorse the 2018 re-election campaigns of:

  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State;
  • Tim Eichenberg for New Mexico Treasurer; and
  • Hector Balderas for New Mexico Attorney General.

The decisions were based on the candidate's

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

RPLA/LAFRW Host 2017 Constitution Day Dinner

on October 2, 2017 - 12:09pm
Local GOP Chair John Bliss welcomes audience members to the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
A memorial table set up at the Constitution Day Dinner to honor local GOP members Nona Bowman, Mary Brooks and Lawry Mann who have passed away in the last six months. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
 
RPLA News:
 
The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Federated Republican Women of Los Alamos hosted the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday evening at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive.
 
RPLA Chair John Bliss welcomed

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

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