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Luján Votes for Government Funding Package that Rolls Back Sequester Cuts

on January 16, 2014 - 7:42am


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted Wednesday for the omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government for fiscal year 2014. As a result of the budget deal that was passed in December (see here), the appropriations bill rolls back the sequester cuts that have negatively impacted New Mexico.

"For too long Congress has had to legislate from one crisis to the next as House Republicans shutdown the government and used the appropriations process to make extreme demands," Luján said.

GOP Pre-Primary Convention Jan. 30

on January 12, 2014 - 9:38am

GOP News:

All registered Republicans in Los Alamos County are invited to participate in the American method of government at the grass roots level at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 by coming to the GOP pre-primary convention. Ward Caucuses will be held to elect delegates to the County Pre-Primary Nominating Convention.

Public Notice:

“The Republican Party of Los Alamos County announces the 2014 pre-Primary convention Thursday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the UNM-LA Jeannette Wallace Hall, Room 505.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and doors close promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The Central


New Mexico Receives $1.6 Million for Road Repairs

on January 11, 2014 - 9:17am


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham have announced that the New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive a $1.6 million grant for repair and reconstruction of roads around the state damaged in last year’s floods.

The grant funds will be used to restore major highways and roads on federal lands that were damaged by the severe flooding in September. The record-breaking rain and storms caused damage in about two-thirds of the state.

 In October, at the urging of the

Udall Pushes to Undo Cut to Military Retirees' COLA

on January 10, 2014 - 7:34am


  • Amendment filed to unemployment insurance legislation would protect benefits, close corporate tax loophole


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is supporting an amendment to emergency unemployment legislation to protect military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in a bipartisan budget agreement.


The amendment mirrors legislation Udall helped introduce in December, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which would reverse the 1 percent reduction in the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age military

Luján Addresses 50th Anniversary of War on Poverty

on January 10, 2014 - 6:13am

President Lydon B. Johnson


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty."

"Fifty years ago, in a State of the Union Address, President Johnson declared 'War on Poverty' and brought to the conscience of a nation the plight of millions of Americans who were suffering from hunger, unemployment, and a lack of economic opportunity.  He focused attention on those for whom the American Dream had fallen out of reach.

"Since that time, our nation has made

Community Engagement Specialist Discusses Health Reform in New Mexico

on January 10, 2014 - 5:53am

Maria Perez

DPLA News:

Maria Perez, a community outreach specialist with Health Action NM, will be in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at UNM-LA Building 02, Lecture Hall 230, to present information on the Affordable Care Act, how education and enrollment efforts are going in New Mexico, and how health reform will benefit our communities.

New Mexico is a large, rural state with a low population.

SGR: Time to Make Jobs a Top Priority

on January 9, 2014 - 5:52pm
By Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval & Rio Arriba

A recent economic evaluation of the states, conducted by Bloomberg, found that New Mexico’s economic health has declined from being in the top ten from 1995-2007 to dead last, today. This summer, the Jobs Council, comprised of Legislators and representatives from the private and public sector, was formed to come up with a strategy to get New Mexico back on track.

Hot Issues Include Education and Jobs for 30-Day Session

on January 9, 2014 - 3:38pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks at the podium to residents gathered at Fuller Lodge Wednesday evening for the annual Legislative Preview as Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn discusses education as AAUW President Helena Whyte, left, and Think New Mexico's Kristina Fisher look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

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