Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen RECA

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced bipartisan legislation designed to strengthen the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to compensate individuals exposed to radiation while working in uranium mines or living downwind from atomic weapons tests.

The legislation was led by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Luján in the U.S. Senate, and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This legislation would update the current Read More

Heinrich On Border Patrol Handling Of Haitian Migrants

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on Border Patrol’s handling of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas:

“The footage of Border Patrol agents on horseback rounding up Haitian refugee families in Del Rio, Texas, is alarming and unacceptable. No person should be treated in this dehumanizing way, including those coming here to escape persecution in their home country,” Heinrich said. “I will closely monitor the Department of Homeland Security’s investigation into this and ensure its findings are transparent Read More

NNSA Awards $7 Million To Minority-Serving Institutions In New Mexico And S.C. To Support Plutonium Pit Production

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) awarded $7 million for workforce development and training supporting plutonium pit production to minority-serving educational institutions in New Mexico and South Carolina.

NNSA provided $3.5 million for partnerships in each state to be distributed among selected institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and tribal colleges and universities.

“NNSA is dedicated to building a diverse capable workforce, and Read More

Heinrich Opens Hearing On Electrifying Homes, Buildings

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), delivered remarks to open the hearing, “Examining the Economic Benefits of Electrifying America’s Homes and Buildings.”

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A full recap, including witness testimony, will be released at the conclusion of the hearing.

Sen. Heinrich’s opening remarks as prepared for delivery:

This hearing will come to order.

Thank you, Chairman Read More

Los Alamos National Laboratory Team Is One Of 10 Recipients Of $26 Million DOE Award For Data Science

Principal investigator Kipton Barros 

LANL News:

A Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) research team’s project was selected in a highly competitive $26 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant program to advance chemical and materials sciences by using data science.

The goal of the funding program is to harness cutting-edge research tools for new scientific discoveries fundamental to clean energy solutions.

“This award is a vote of confidence in Los Alamos National Laboratory expertise, as well in the potential of data science to solve critical problems,” Deputy Laboratory Director Read More

New Mexico Schools Earn ‘Blue Ribbon’ Designation

Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus


SANTA FE — Three New Mexico elementary schools are being honored by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding schools throughout the nation.

The coveted Blue Ribbon School designation, conferred annually by the U.S. Department of Education, honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. This year, 325 schools nationally were selected. 

The New Mexico schools honored Read More

Heinrich, Luján Announce Senate Confirmation Of Attorney Margaret Strickland For U.S. District Judge In New Mexico

Margaret Strickland


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) voted Tuesday to confirm Margaret Strickland of Las Cruces to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

Earlier this year, the senators recommended that President Joe Biden nominate Strickland for this seat, which is based in Las Cruces. The Senate voted to confirm Strickland by a final vote of 52 to 45.

In advance of the vote, Sen. Heinrich gave a speech on the Senate Floor in support of Strickland. “In Margaret Strickland, President Biden has nominated Read More

Speaker Egolf Announces 2021 New Mexico Climate Summit

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf


SANTA FE — As many parts of New Mexico continue to experience near-record or record-breaking temperatures, New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf has announced the first-ever New Mexico Climate Summit, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the State Capitol. 

The two-day event will gather nationwide experts and leaders from across the state to develop bold new policies that address the climate crisis and include a just energy transition for all of New Mexico’s diverse communities.

The summit is presented by Speaker Egolf, in partnership with organizations Read More

NNSA Taps Dell Technologies To Provide Expanded Computing Resources For Stockpile Stewardship Mission

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA’s) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has announced the awarding of a subcontract to Dell Technologies for additional supercomputing systems to support NNSA’s nuclear deterrent mission.

In partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the second Commodity Technology Systems contract (CTS-2) is funded by NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program. It will provide at least $40 million for more than Read More

GEAR UP Week: New Mexico Celebrates College Readiness

Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez speaks with Bernalillo High School students about their college and career goals and state scholarship programs during a college fair Tuesday at the school. Courtesy/NMHED

Student leaders at Capital High School in Santa Fe participate in college readiness activities as part of the GEAR UP week celebration. Courtesy/NMHED


SANTA FE — Thousands of middle and high school students across New Mexico will have the chance to learn more about their college and career options this week as the state celebrates National GEAR UP Week.

Led by Read More