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Udall Issues Statement on Sally Jewell's Nomination for Interior Secretary

on February 7, 2013 - 9:46am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Under consideration for Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement Wednesday after President Obama nominated Sally Jewell:

"Sally Jewell is a unique and exciting pick to head up the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, she would bring to the position an array of skills from her business background in energy development and as the CEO of a wildly successful outdoor outfitter.

"I look forward to meeting with her as she works through the nomination process and learning more about her personal

Luján Encourages Tech Transfer; Oversight of National Labs

on February 6, 2013 - 7:03am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District submitted the following statement into the record Tuesday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the Committee's oversight plan for the current Congressional session.

"Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the inclusion of 'management and operations issues at the Department of Energy' within the Committee's Oversight Plan for the 113th Congress.

"As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in my district in Northern New Mexico, I am particularly interested in the

NM Delegation Introduces Mining Cleanup Legislation

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

 

  • Bill Would Allow States to Access Funding for Reclamation of Abandoned Uranium and other Mines

WASHINGTON D.C. – New Mexico Congressional Delegation members Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Steve Pearce, introduced legislation Monday in the United States Senate and House to help state and tribal governments complete high-priority uranium mine cleanup projects.

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was created as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and requires fees to be paid on local coal

Los Alamos Daily Post Awarded 2013 Small Business of the Year

on February 4, 2013 - 3:11pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, with members of the Los Alamos Daily Post news team Friday, from left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J. Gordon and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Courtesy photo

LACDC News:

The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) has selected the Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper as its Small Business of the Year for 2013.

“We are pleased to announce that the Los Alamos Daily Post will be recognized as our 2013 Success Client," LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said. "Carol A.

Heinrich Calls for Sufficient DOE Cleanup Funding

on February 4, 2013 - 11:56am

Sen. Martin Heinrich with President Barack Obama in January. Courtesy/U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. together with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., sent a letter to President Obama today calling for sufficient funding for DOE’s Defense Environmental Cleanup program in FY2014.

Heinrich asked the president to consider funding two projects that he said are of particular importance to New Mexico.

"We urge you to request $225 million for environmental cleanup for Los Alamos National Laboratory and $222 million to operate and maintain the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in

NFL Endorses Udall-Rockefeller Youth Sports Safety Effort

on February 2, 2013 - 8:52am

Courtesy/wisbar.org

U.S. SENATE News:

Bill Will Curb False “Anti-Concussion” Marketing Claims

 
WASHINGTON – Ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, welcomed the NFL’s endorsement of their forthcoming legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
 
The Youth Sports Concussion Act will ensure that safety standards for sports equipment are up to date and informed by the latest science.

Energy Secretary Chu Opts Out of Second Term

on February 2, 2013 - 7:42am

Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Courtesy/DOE

DOE News:

In a letter to Energy Department employees Friday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu highlighted the "tremendous progress" of the last four years, and announced his decision to not serve a second term as Secretary. Text of the letter is below.

Dear Colleagues:

Serving the country as Secretary of Energy, and working alongside such an extraordinary team of people at the Department, has been the greatest privilege of my life. While the job has had many challenges, it has been an exciting time for the Department, the country, and for me personally.

Udall & Heinrich: COOL Rules Must Put Americans First

on February 1, 2013 - 10:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senators tell USDA to ensure consumers know meat origin

 

Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to work with consumers, ranchers and meatpackers to make sure that American families know where their meat comes from.
 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently required the USDA to adjust its rules requiring American retailers to clearly label where meat was raised and processed.
 
The WTO said that while the U.S.

Udall Bill Increases Federal Contracting Opportunities

on February 1, 2013 - 8:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • First bill of new congress would help New Mexico small businesses
WASHINGTON – In his first bill of the 113th Congress, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is seeking to expand opportunities for small businesses to secure federal contracts, and make the reporting requirements for those awarded more transparent.
 
The Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act of 2013, would raise the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) government-wide small business contracting level from 23 to 25 percent.
 
It would also increase the contracting goal from 5 to 10 percent for businesses owned by veterans,

Senators Introduce Bill Cracking Down on Online Payday Loans

on January 30, 2013 - 6:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act.
 
The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley
 
“We threw the payday lenders, who prey on families when they’re at their most vulnerable, out of Oregon back in 2007,” Merkley said.

Drell Named Winner of National Medal of Science

on January 30, 2013 - 6:24am

Sidney Drell. Courtesy/LLNL

LLNL News:

Sidney Drell, physicist, arms control expert and adviser, is one of 12 eminent researchers recently named by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

In addition, 11 inventors are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Both awards represent the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers and inventors.

"I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators," President Obama said.

Bipartisan Immigration Reform Outline Released

on January 28, 2013 - 3:51pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after a bipartisan group of senators released an outline for comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
 
"I am very encouraged by the bipartisan framework that has been unveiled in the Senate to modernize our broken immigration system. Reform is long overdue.
 
"The proposal contains the elements necessary to overhaul the system, including securing our borders, a roadmap to earned citizenship and employment verification to hold employers accountable.
 
"I'm also pleased that it would

'Nanotubes on a Chip' May Simplify Optical Power Measurements

on January 25, 2013 - 10:23am

The circular patch of carbon nanotubes on a pink silicon backing is one component of NIST’s new cryogenic radiometer, shown with a quarter for scale. Gold coating and metal wiring has yet to be added to the chip. The radiometer will simplify and lower the cost of disseminating measurements of laser power. Photo by Tomlin/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated a novel chip-scale instrument made of carbon nanotubes that may simplify absolute measurements of laser power, especially the light signals transmitted by optical fibers in

Luján Cosponsors Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act, Calls for Swift Passage

on January 23, 2013 - 5:28pm

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined as an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

Passed 19 years ago, this landmark legislation focused the resources, time, and energy of federal, state, and local law enforcement on the task of preventing and stopping domestic abuse, while providing victims of violence with critical services and assistance.

"It was with great disappointment that the 112th Congress came to an end without action on a bipartisan reauthorization that addressed domestic

NYT Backs Udall's Filibuster Reform Efforts

on January 22, 2013 - 9:34am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
Today, The New York Times came out in support of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's efforts to end Senate gridlock and filibuster abuse in its editorial, "A Chance to Fix the Senate."
 
Read the full editorial here.
 
"For six years, Democrats in the Senate have chafed at an unprecedented abuse of the filibuster by Republicans, who have used the practice to hold up nominees high and low and require a supermajority for virtually every bill.

Today Marks Nation's 57th Presidential Inauguration

on January 21, 2013 - 10:37am

In a ceremony today marking the start of his second term, President Obama addressed the nation about acting together to move America forward. Upcoming activities throughout today include at 2:35 p.m. ET (estimated), the Inaugural Parade, Pennsylvania Ave., and at 7 p.m. ET (estimated), the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball ... available at: www.pentagonchannel.mil. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov
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Nation Remembers Civil Rights Leader

on January 21, 2013 - 10:18am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/bio.org

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28, 1963. It was from the steps of this memorial that King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. King's many speeches and nonviolent actions are credited with being instrumental in shaping the nation's outlook on equality. Courtesy/wikipedia.org

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President's Inaugural Festivities Kick Off With National Day of Service

on January 19, 2013 - 10:47am

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room. Courtesy/whitehouse.gov

WHITE HOUSE News:

Inaugural festivities for the President of the United States begin today, Jan 19 with a National Day of Service.

Americans from all across the country - including President Obama and his family - will join together to participate in service projects in their communities.

President Obama's first term ends at noon Jan. 20, at which point, the President and Vice President will be sworn-in for a second term in a small ceremony at the White House.

It's a longstanding tradition,

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Luján Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2013 - 7:23am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Courtesy/bio.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"On Monday, our nation will pause to reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man whose compassion and enduring pursuit of justice and equality impacted the lives of so many and whose message continue to resonate to this very day.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bandelier's First Fee Free Day of 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 17, 2013 - 4:23pm

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 21, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of eleven days throughout 2013 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

If you are planning a trip in 2013 that includes multiple national parks and monuments, you may consider buying the $80 annual America the Beautiful pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other

NNSA, Maryland Partner to Improve Radiological/NuclearSecurity, Emergency Preparedness and Response

on January 17, 2013 - 10:36am

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State of Maryland today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate and respond to radiological/nuclear threats and incidents in Maryland.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the MOU, providing a strategic framework for areas of ongoing collaboration between NNSA and the State of Maryland.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

“This agreement represents the

Luján Writes Napolitano on REAL ID Implementation

on January 17, 2013 - 8:56am

Secretary Janet Napolitano

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S.Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Wednesday urging the department to provide New Mexico with policy options that respect the state's need to ensure that drivers carry insurance and comply with the REAL ID Act.

Below is the text of the letter:

January 16, 2013

Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528


Secretary Napolitano,

I appreciated working with you and your staff in the days and

Udall Statement on Departure of Interior Secretary Salazar

on January 17, 2013 - 8:30am
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued this statement Wednesday following Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that he will return to Colorado in March:
 
"I want to extend my thanks and best wishes to Ken Salazar for his years in public office and dedicated service as Secretary of the Interior.
 
"Over the last four years, Ken has worked tirelessly to expand our nation's domestic energy resources and worked with tribal leaders to build stronger, healthier Native American communities.
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A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers

on January 16, 2013 - 11:37am

A Brief History of Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Mass Murderers
By Daren Savage

Then-Senator Joe Biden noted during the Democratic primary debate on Apr. 26, 2007, “We have let the country down in the way in which we have not focused on mental illness,” Biden said. “We should know that when you send a kid to college, you're going to be safe on college.”

“My wife is a doctor of education, a teacher at a community college,” Biden said.

Administration Unveils Initial Design Plans for National Network

on January 16, 2013 - 11:24am

NIST News:

The Administration's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) today released a report based on the input of nearly 900 stakeholders that describes an approach to implementing and managing a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)—a proposed national network of up to 15 manufacturing institutes around the country that would serve as regional hubs of innovation to boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen state and local economies.

The NNMI was announced by President Obama last March and is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge

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