Luján Issues Statement On Passage Of Spending Bill

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday after voting against an omnibus appropriations bill.

“It is deeply disappointing that Congressional Republicans have used this process to pass damaging provisions that roll back critical Wall Street reforms and further undermine campaign finance rules. In addition, the measure shortchanges investments in key areas that are critical to our nation’s economic competitiveness and New Mexico’s future – cutting Pell Grants and providing inadequate investment to clean energy. It also plays games with funding the Department of Homeland Security, which provides critical resources to New Mexico.

“After immigration executive action was taken to increase accountability and keep families together, House Republicans have now offered their response – funding the Department of Homeland Security only through February. Rather than taking action on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that passed the Senate more than 500 days ago, House Republicans have charted a path that provides uncertainty for the agency tasked with protecting our homeland and securing our borders. As a result, grants to border states such as New Mexico will be in question.

“I wholeheartedly support our local governments and our labs and all those who work so hard to support our communities and our state. While there are aspects of this legislation that are good for New Mexico, middle-class families deserve better. I will always strongly advocate for the important scientific research at our labs and environmental cleanup at LANL, but New Mexicans and the American people deserve better than legislation that undermines key reforms that protect working people and the middle class and that further dismantles campaign finance rules.”

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