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U.S. House Passes Bill to End Government Shutdown!

on October 16, 2013 - 8:25pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The United States House of Representatives just passed a Senate-brokered bill to fully reopen the government and raise the federal government's debt ceiling.

In a 285 to 144 vote, the action came after 16 days of a partial government shutdown and one day before the Treasury Department warned that the nation could run out of money to pay its bills unless it raised its borrowing limit.

The bill now goes to President Barack Obama who said he will sign it and vowed to get things back up and running as soon as possible.

"I will sign it immediately," the President said.

Udall; Heinrich Hail Senate Vote to Re-Open Federal Government

on October 16, 2013 - 7:52pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the Senate vote to end the government shutdown:
 
“Reason has finally prevailed in Congress, and we have a bipartisan agreement that will enable us to re-open the government, pay our bills and begin to restore the damage the shutdown caused to our economy. I'm also pleased the agreement includes a provision I fought for that will ensure retroactive pay for federal workers in New Mexico and across the country who were furloughed through no fault of their own.
 
"I hope we've reached a

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Avoid Default; Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 7:18pm

U.S. SENATE News:

The United States Senate voted 81-18 this evening to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. The measure is now in the House, which is expected to pass the bill by midnight.

This bill comes after a 16-day partial shutdown and will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or possibly a month longer. Senate passage of the bill came several hours after Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a bipartisan agreement.

Reid spoke on the Senate floor earlier today regarding the

Breaking News: Agreement Reached to Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 1:14pm

U.S. SENATE News:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an agreement has been reached to reopen the government and avert the nation's first-ever default on U.S. debt.

The Senate's bill will end an impasse that has shut down the government for 16 days.

According to news reports, Reid hailed the agreement saying that "in the end, political adversaries put aside their differences."

Now the agreement must win approval in the Senate and then the House before reaching President Barack Obama's desk, perhaps by the end of today to ensure there is

Heinrich Delivers Senate Floor Speech Underlining Devastating Impacts of Shutdown on New Mexico’s Economy

on October 15, 2013 - 10:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., just delivered a speech on the Senate floor to underline the devastating impacts of the government shutdown on New Mexico’s economy and middle-class families.

Heinrich mentions several of the hardships faced by the Los Alamos community. 

Below are Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. President, in the midst of the current crises there have been some who have questioned the relevance of the federal government to our overall economy.

NBC News Interviews Los Alamos Businesses on Government Shutdown

on October 14, 2013 - 11:19am

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes and Dana Roecker visited Los Alamos Sunday to learn more about the impact of the government shutdown on small business. They met with Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock and owner Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos and also interviewed Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos. The interview air dates will be scheduled soon on NBC. Photo by Katy Korkos

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes interviews Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock Sunday about the impact

Columbus Day Became Federal Holiday in 1937

on October 14, 2013 - 7:54am

Christopher Columbus

Staff Report

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492.

It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.

As historians have

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Poll: Majority of Americans Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress

on October 13, 2013 - 12:21pm

Results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show if given the chance, 60 percent of Americans would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative. Read the full poll here (.pdf)  Courtesy photo

Lujan Grisham: Protect New Mexico’s National Labs

on October 13, 2013 - 11:51am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) spoke on the House floor Saturday night about the importance of New Mexico’s national laboratories and the need to pass a clean funding bill that will reopen the government, restore funding to the national labs and prevent lab employees from being furloughed.

Below is a transcript of her remarks and a link to the video.

Click HERE to watch the video.

“Thank you very much to my friend and colleague from California.

“Mr.

Viet Nam Moving Wall to Visit New Mexico

on October 13, 2013 - 8:14am

The Moving Wall. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

RIO RANCHO—New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Timothy Hale is scheduled to be among the dignitaries officially welcoming the New Mexico arrival of The Moving Wall, a traveling half-sized replica of the National Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, at a special ceremony at 10 a.m., Oct. 18 at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd.

The Moving Wall, which arrives Thursday, Oct. 17, will be on public display 24-hours a day until 4 p.m., Oct. 21, when it will be taken down and prepared for its next stop in Camden, Tenn.

House Approves NNSA Temporary Funding

on October 12, 2013 - 10:38am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 248-176 Friday to fund the National Nuclear Security Administration through Dec. 15. NNSA is the agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

“Today’s vote to fund the NNSA is key to the security of our nation, and assures that the hard-working employees of Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs will continue to have jobs,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M.

Luján Signs Petition to Force Vote to End Government Shutdown

on October 12, 2013 - 9:53am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced this morning that he has signed a petition to reopen the government. This effort launched by House Democrats would force an up or down vote on a clean continuing resolution, which would end the government shutdown when a majority of the House, 218 members, sign on to the petition.

Despite the fact that 200 Democrats (http://1.usa.gov/1gdTnlK) have said they would compromise on the clean continuing resolution passed by the Senate and more than 20 Republicans (http://wapo.st/1fIQVG3) have

Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 12, 2013 - 9:14am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke Friday on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that Lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown, he said. 

Click here to watch Luján's speech.

Luján's remarks on the floor:

"Mr.

Community Partners Announce Assistance for Furloughed Federal Employees

on October 11, 2013 - 1:34pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) today announced that several New Mexico community partners have offered to assist federal employees furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

At Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Oct. 6 roundtable meeting with furloughed federal employees, participants expressed fear and concern that the government shutdown would cause serious financial hardship for them and their families.

Luján: Republican Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 11, 2013 - 11:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke today on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown. Below are Luján's remarks on the floor. Click here to watch his speech.

"Mr.

Government Shutdown Closes U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room

on October 11, 2013 - 9:14am

NCR News:

Due to the lapse in government funding, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC), website was last updated Oct. 9 and will not be updated until further notice.

Normal business activities (including public meetings) are suspended. According to the NRC's shutdown plan, approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the agency will retain about 300 of its current 3,900 employees for "excepted functions" during a lapse of appropriations. Of that number, roughly half are resident inspectors assigned to reactor and fuel facilities.

NNSA Directs Labs to Begin Preparing for Possible Closure

on October 9, 2013 - 5:04pm

Director Charlie McMillan

LANL News:

In an email to employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory today, Director Charlie McMillan explained that because of the ongoing lapse in federal appropriations, the NNSA has directed all labs and sites to start preparing for the orderly closure of all operations except for those required to maintain minimum safety.

Without a resolution to the budget impasse, Los Alamos will complete the transition to closure as of the end of business on Friday, Oct. 18, McMillan said in his email message.

LANL will continue to conserve available funding through

N.M. Delegation Working to Protect Federal and Lab Workers Hurt by Shutdown

on October 9, 2013 - 8:39am
STATE News:
  • Urges DOE to compensate national lab employees for back pay if furloughed because of shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham are working to ensure that federal workers in New Mexico are not financially hurt in the long-term by the federal government shutdown.

New Mexico is home to roughly 27,000 federal workers, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employ an additional 18,000 New Mexicans.

All four lawmakers are strong supporters of the Federal

First Lieutenant Micah Andersen Continues Recovery

on October 8, 2013 - 7:48am
Photos from the visit of the New Mexico American Legion Riders to First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen and the other New Mexico military members currently at Brooke Army Medical Center. Courtesy photos

Staff Report:

First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen received the Purple Heart Aug. 13 from four-star General Daniel B. Allyn, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces Command.

The Los Alamos High School graduate was serving as an Armor Officer in Afghanistan June 1 and suffered severe combat injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a combined dismounted patrol.

PRObE Provides Access to Large Scale Supercomputers

on October 7, 2013 - 11:41am

Computer & Information Systems Manager Andree Jacobson of the New Mexico Consortium discussed the PROBE project during Tuesday's taping of 'Behind the White Coat' at the PAC 8 Studio in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School student interns assist in assembling, testing and installing hundreds of computers at the PROBE Center in the Los Alamos Research Park. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
For the sixth year in a row, Los Alamos National Bank has sponsored the award-winning "Behind the White Coat" science series,

Luján Wants LANL Employees Compensated if Furloughed Due to Government Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 11:00am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today on the House floor in support of H.R. 3223, legislation that ensures furloughed federal employees retroactively receive their pay.

During his remarks, Luján highlighted that it is the intent of Congress to also support contract employees at the national laboratories.

In addition, he submitted into the Congressional Record a letter he is sending Department of Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz to emphasize that fact.

Luján: It’s Time House Republicans End Political Games, Allow Vote to End Shutdown

on October 5, 2013 - 7:08am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown and House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on the Senate-passed Continuing Resolution:

“Enough is enough. New Mexico families are hurting as workers have been off the job for days and critical services have been delayed. It is long past time for Congress to act to end the government shutdown and make sure that the employees who have been furloughed through no fault of their own are made whole.

Heinrich on Thursday's Capitol Hill Incident

on October 4, 2013 - 8:10am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., was in his office in the Hart Senate Building in Washington. D.C., Thursday when gunshots were reported. The Senator and the few staffers who were working quickly followed procedure, locking the doors and gathering in a designated secure place in the office, while the police worked to secure the area, Heinrich said in a statement. Unaccounted for staff were contacted and told to stay away from the building.
"On behalf of everyone in my office, I want to thank the Capitol Police and our first responders for the risks

2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Commends Eight Los Alamos Students For Exceptional Academic Promise

on October 3, 2013 - 9:09am

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Charlotte Berg;
  • Matthew Davenport;
  • Justine Dombrowski;
  • Victoria Hypes; Ariel Koh;
  • Charles Mielke; Nathan Phillps; and
  • Jing Xie. 

A letter of Commendation from the school and National Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Luján Statement on Government Shutdown

on October 1, 2013 - 8:05am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the government shutdown.
 
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans’ continued efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act have forced a government shutdown. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land – upheld by the Supreme Court and accepted by the American people in the last election.  
 
“It is clear that House Republicans would rather see the government shut down, New Mexico workers furloughed, and services halted and delayed for many in our

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