Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) are calling on President Joe Biden to approve a request from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for additional federal assistance for the increasing costs to save lives and protect New Mexican’s homes.
New Mexico’s Congressional delegation previously requested that the Biden administration immediately approve a Major Disaster Declaration for New Mexico to open up access to Public Assistance and Individual Assistance funds from FEMA, which was swiftly approved by President Biden.
The lawmakers continue to call on the administration to waive the 25 percent non-federal cost share requirement for federal assistance.
In a letter to President Biden, the lawmakers write:
“Given the severity and life and death nature of this crisis, we urge you to act without delay and approve the State of New Mexico’s request for 100 percent coverage of federal assistance and for authorization for Category A and full range of emergency protective measures under Category B. It is imperative that the federal government provides full support to New Mexican communities to protect and recover from the ongoing wildfire devastation.”
Read the full text of the letter clicking here.