State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján at his office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with New Mexico’s federal delegation and discuss LANL Funding and NNSA procurement policies.
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo
In her meetings with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Henrich and Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pierce, Garcia Richard stressed the region’s concerns that the NNSA is wanting LANL and other NNSA facilities to use the NNSA Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) for commodity purchases under unequal and non-competitive terms.
This NNSA directive bypasses the normal competitive LANL RFP process and drives LANL purchases away from local and regional contractors to out-of-state firms.
Garcia Richard asked the congressional delegation to support a proposal to have NNSA/DOE provide resources and guidelines for a regional business cooperative that will allow New Mexico based contractors to become competitive and participate in the NNSA SCMC procurement system. She also asked that contractors be required to honor local contracting requirements, to level the playing field and protect our small businesses.
“For the past two sessions, I have worked with our federal delegation to bring real policy changes to protect LANL and our local contractors at the state level. Senator Udall’s American Diversification and Progress in Trade Act is an important step to addressing many of the issues our small businesses face at the federal level,” Garcia Richard said.
She also sponsored and passed House Memorial 79, in the 2014 session, directing the State’s Department of Workforce Solutions to work with the Coalition of LANL communities, local governments and the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to coordinate efforts to maintain and increase local business procurement by federal institutions.
In addition to meeting with the congressional delegation, Garcia Richard spent time during the week attending the Emerging Leaders Program at Darden. She was selected out of hundreds of legislators from across the country to attend program, which is designed to enhance the leadership potential and vision of policymakers who are likely to be at the helm of tomorrow’s legislatures.
“It is an honor to be selected and acknowledged as an emerging leader in the New Mexico State House,” Garcia Richard said. “It is my commitment to protecting our public education system and small businesses that afforded me the opportunity to receive this award and I look forward to utilizing everything I learn in the program to continue to pass proactive legislation.”
The Emerging Leaders Program at Darden is a unique program that seeks to broaden the perspectives of emerging leadership to enable them to challenge the future in new and positive ways.
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham at her office in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo