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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Cosponsors Amendment To NDAA To Protect Elections From Foreign Interference

on June 24, 2019 - 6:26pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify law enforcement if offered illegal assistance by a foreign national.
 
The NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor.
 
“Protecting our elections from foreign

Governor Announces Ethics Commission Chair

on June 24, 2019 - 4:45pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her sole nominee to the state Ethics Commission, who will serve as the commission’s chair, per state statute.
 
The Hon. William F. Lang is a well-respected jurist who worked in New Mexico law for nearly 40 years and continues to serve the community. He served three years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge, including a stint as Chief Judge, before serving as a District Court Judge for fifteen years, including five years as Chief Judge.
 
Before his time in the

Udall, Heinrich Propose Amendments To Protect And Strengthen Nuclear Safety Board Oversight Mission In Major Defense Bill

on June 24, 2019 - 10:01am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have proposed three amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a major defense policy bill, to protect and strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s (DNFSB) critical safety oversight mission at New Mexico’s Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.
 
The amendments filed by the senators to the NDAA would help ensure that the DNFSB continues to provide strong oversight to protect public health and safety, including the workers at New Mexico’s national security

Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Appoints New State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

on June 24, 2019 - 9:21am
NMALTS News:
 
SANTA FE Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Alice Liu McCoy has announced the appointment of Linnea Forsythe as New Mexico’s state long-term care ombudsman.
 
“A strong ombudsman program is critical to protecting the health, safety and rights of New Mexico’s most vulnerable population—residents of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term care facilities,” said McCoy, announcing Forsythe’s appointment during Older Americans Month.
 
“This department is establishing a high bar for the quality of care provided by nursing homes and all long-term care

Luján Announces $400 Million For Women’s Health

on June 24, 2019 - 8:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that the House will consider his effort to invest $400 million in the Title X family planning programs that support the health needs of women and families.
 
More than 190 House Democrats signed onto Luján’s push for the Title X funds, which have been systematically cut by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration. In New Mexico, there are 67 health care clinics that receive Title X funding.
 
Title X offers health care and support to women

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
 
In a letter addressed to key U.S.

Udall Statement On Reports That Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits From 2015 Nuclear Deal

on June 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that had been reversed in exchange for nuclear program

NWF: Migration Connectivity Legislation Would Help Wildlife Thrive In Modern Landscapes

on June 24, 2019 - 6:54am
NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia recently lays out an innovative strategy to address the ongoing fragmentation of wildlife habitat from man-made barriers.
 
The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would create a national program for maintaining wildlife migrations, movements, and wildlife corridors to ensure that wildlife will face fewer struggles to reach food, water, shelter and breeding sites.
 
“Americans overwhelmingly want to see wildlife thrive on our cherished public lands, but more than one third of

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