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Udall In Appropriations Subcommittee: VA Must Restore Accountability, Protect Whistleblowers

on August 1, 2015 - 9:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday July 30, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall continued to press for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to improve care for New Mexico veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal and unacceptable delay in processing a backlog of benefit claims.
Udall questioned two VA whistleblowers about consequences they suffered after coming forward and the need for a strong VA Inspector General (IG).

Last year, Udall helped lead the call in Congress to

Luján And Welch Introduce National Renewable Energy And Efficiency Standard Legislation

on July 31, 2015 - 2:43pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Washington, D.C.  Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) this week introduced legislation that creates a national renewable energy and energy efficiency standard that will reduce carbon emissions and drive the deployment of clean energy resources around the country.
"Promoting the use of renewable energy and increased energy efficiency is not only good for our environment, but it is good for our economy and forconsumers," Luján said.

Udall On 50th Anniversary Of Medicare And Medicaid

on July 31, 2015 - 11:56am

 U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement in honor of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law July 30, 1965: 

"Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. These landmark programs now help protect the health, well-being and financial security of more than half of New Mexico's families.

NSA To Destroy Millions Of American Call Records Collected Under Controversial Program

on July 28, 2015 - 6:17pm

NSA bulk collection image. Courtesy photo

HSNW News:

The director of national intelligence said on Monday that the NSA would no longer examine call records collected by the NSA in its controversial bulk collection program before the June reauthorization of the Patriot Act which prohibits such collection.

Bulk records are typically kept for five years, but the director said that although the records in the NSA database were collected lawfully, they would not be examined, and would soon be destroyed.

The Obama administration has announced that the NSA will soon stop examining, and soon

NPS And DOE Seek Public Input On Manhattan Project National Historical Park Draft Memo Of Agreement

on July 28, 2015 - 5:32pm

NPS News:

Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy are inviting the public to review and comment on the Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Park Service and the Department of Energy (DOE) that will guide the operation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and required the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Energy to create a Memorandum of Agreement for the park by Dec. 19, 2015. 

Once signed, this

Governor Directs NM State Parks To Establish First Miles Of Rio Grande Trail

on July 28, 2015 - 2:12pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Six New Mexico State Parks to Designate More than 20 Miles for proposed trail

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed New Mexico State Parks Division to designate more than 20 miles in six parks throughout the state as the first miles of the Rio Grande Trail.

The proposed trail would stretch more than 500 miles from Texas to Colorado.

“The Rio Grande Trail has the potential to attract visitors from all around the world, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” Martinez said.

Governor Announces Statewide Vaccination Program

on July 27, 2015 - 2:33pm

  • Got Shots? Protect Tots! Program Protects New Mexico’s Children from Dangerous Diseases

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide vaccination program to help make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized before they head back to class.

Aug. 1-15, the Got Shots? Protect Tots! program will offer clinics throughout the state at convenient hours and at little or no cost.

Joe Kabourek To Lead Democratic Party Of New Mexico

on July 27, 2015 - 1:36pm

Joe Kabourek

DPNM News:

  • Hire begins building much needed ties between Border States

New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland announced thi morning the selection of Joe Kabourek as executive director of the DPNM.

Kabourek, an attorney and top-level staffer from Colorado, has been called on to lead the Democrat’s into the crucial 2016 election cycle.

"I look forward to working with Democrats across New Mexico to win in 2016 and to create a strong foundation for elections to come,” Kabourek said.

Kabourek comes to New Mexico from Denver, Colo., where he worked on multiple