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$3.7 Million Aimed at Turning Around New Mexico's Lowest Performing Schools

on January 28, 2014 - 8:02am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third highlighted Monday that New Mexico has been selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program. A grant of $3,754,213 will help in the effort to turn around persistently low achieving schools in the state.

"There is no better investment we can make in our young New Mexicans than providing them with a good education,” Luján said.

Alert: Tax Scams Using IRS Name

on January 28, 2014 - 7:24am

IRS News:

PHOENIXWith the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on Jan. 31, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year.

Tax scams can take many forms, with perpetrators posing as the IRS in everything from email refund schemes to phone impersonators. The IRS warned taxpayers to be vigilant of any unexpected communication that is purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be on the lookout for phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure.

Lujan Grisham Invites Unemployed New Mexican to State of the Union Tonight

on January 28, 2014 - 7:15am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, has invited Coby Messier of Albuquerque to be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. Messier is a long-term unemployed sheet metal worker recently cut off from federal emergency unemployment insurance due to Congress’s failure to extend the program.

Since the program expired Dec. 28, 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexico jobseekers have lost access to this vital economic lifeline.

“The House of Representatives has taken 25 roll call votes since emergency

More Than 1.6 Million Americans; 7,400 New Mexicans Have Lost Unemployment Insurance

on January 27, 2014 - 8:26am


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report on how many Americans have seen their unemployment insurance run out since Dec. 28, 2013.

The analysis by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats found that more than 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexicans have lost these important benefits. Without Congressional action, on average, nearly 72,000 people are losing unemployment insurance every week.

"It was disappointing that once again Republicans recessed the House without addressing expiring unemployment insurance

Martin Luther King Day Highlights Equality; Nonviolence

on January 20, 2014 - 10:40am

Martin Luther King Jr. Courtesy/

Staff Report

As the unquestioned leader of the peaceful Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the same time one of the most beloved and one of the most hated men of his time. From his involvement in the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 until his untimely death in 1968, King's message of change through peaceful means added to the movement's numbers and gave it its moral strength. The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is embodied in these two simple words: equality and nonviolence.

King was raised in an activist family.

Senators Respond to President's Directive on Surveillance Reform

on January 17, 2014 - 12:11pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reacted to today's speech by President Obama outlining his directive on reforming surveillance powers. The senators have been advocates for reining in overbroad surveillance powers and protecting Americans' privacy.

They issued the following statement:

“After the long push to rein in overbroad surveillance powers, we are very pleased that the President announced his intent to end the bulk collection of Americans’

Udall Secures Support for Critical PILT Funding

on January 17, 2014 - 5:46am
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall won a commitment from a powerful Senate committee chairwoman Thursday to work with him to find reliable funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, a critical source of revenue for local governments throughout New Mexico and the rural West. 
Udall secured her support after making his case for the program in a speech on the Senate floor. PILT funding expired at the end of last year, and Udall and others are fighting to find full funding.

N.M. Delegation Announces Federal Drought Assistance

on January 17, 2014 - 5:37am


WASHINGTON Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that 27 counties in New Mexico will qualify for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) due to losses caused by the ongoing drought. A full list of counties is included below.

The designation makes producers, farmers and ranchers in these counties eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Member Garners National Recognition

on January 16, 2014 - 8:05am

Nathan Phillips

PMSP News:

Los Alamos High School senior Nathan Phillips is the runner up for Outstanding Young Adult Patroller in the nation. He received a Silver Merit Star and was recognized in the recent issue of the National Ski Patrol magazine.

Phillips has been a member of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol (PMSP) for four years, helping provide safe snow sport recreation on the mountain. He and the rest of the local Young Adult Ski Patrol are attending the Rocky Mountain Division Young Adult seminar at Winterpark, Colo., in March.

Young adults ages 15-18 interested in more

Luján Votes for Government Funding Package that Rolls Back Sequester Cuts

on January 16, 2014 - 7:42am


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted Wednesday for the omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government for fiscal year 2014. As a result of the budget deal that was passed in December (see here), the appropriations bill rolls back the sequester cuts that have negatively impacted New Mexico.

"For too long Congress has had to legislate from one crisis to the next as House Republicans shutdown the government and used the appropriations process to make extreme demands," Luján said.

Udall Pushes to Undo Cut to Military Retirees' COLA

on January 10, 2014 - 7:34am


  • Amendment filed to unemployment insurance legislation would protect benefits, close corporate tax loophole


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is supporting an amendment to emergency unemployment legislation to protect military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in a bipartisan budget agreement.


The amendment mirrors legislation Udall helped introduce in December, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which would reverse the 1 percent reduction in the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age military

Luján Addresses 50th Anniversary of War on Poverty

on January 10, 2014 - 6:13am

President Lydon B. Johnson


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty."

"Fifty years ago, in a State of the Union Address, President Johnson declared 'War on Poverty' and brought to the conscience of a nation the plight of millions of Americans who were suffering from hunger, unemployment, and a lack of economic opportunity.  He focused attention on those for whom the American Dream had fallen out of reach.

"Since that time, our nation has made

Luján: Senate Action on Unemployment Insurance Good First Step

on January 9, 2014 - 7:16am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., applauded Senate action Tuesday that will allow for the consideration of bipartisan legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last month.

On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans, including 6,000 New Mexicans, saw their unemployment benefits run out at a time when the economy in New Mexico continues to struggle in the wake of the deepest recession in a generation.

"The Senate vote to move forward on legislation to extend unemployment insurance is a positive first step toward

Los Alamos Registers as NWF Community Wildlife Habitat™

on January 8, 2014 - 11:42am

NWF News:

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) announces that the community of Los Alamos, N.M. is putting out the welcome mat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, by recently registering its Community Wildlife Habitat™ project with NWF. 

Los Alamos is sending a clear and powerful message to communities all over America that caring people, working together, can help wildlife, wild places and the health of the environment. The residents Los Alamos are making a difference in their own community and beyond.

Since 1973, NWF has provided millions of people with the basic guidelines for

Janet Yellen Makes History as First Female Federal Reserve Chair

on January 7, 2014 - 8:16am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON–Monday, Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in confirming Janet Yellen to serve as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. He issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote was a historic moment for the Federal Reserve and for our nation. I look forward to seeing Dr. Yellen become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board. As Vice Chair of the Fed, Dr. Yellen has proven herself to be a thoughtful and extremely effective leader," Udall said.

Frigid Temperatures Blanket Country

on January 6, 2014 - 5:51pm

2013 Year of Important Accomplishments, Improvements for NNSA

on January 5, 2014 - 7:05am

NNSA Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2014 begins, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released a list of some of its most important accomplishments and improvements over the past year. NNSA reached significant milestones in the areas of nonproliferation and counterterrorism, made a host of significant achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and saw improved operations throughout the complex.

“In 2013, even with a challenging budget situation, NNSA’s successes ensured that the United States’ nuclear

Lujan Grisham Urges Renewal of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on January 5, 2014 - 6:56am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01 continues to urge Congress to renew federal unemployment insurance following a report finding that the expiration of the program on Dec. 28 has already cost the New Mexico economy more than $1.7 million.  

The analysis, prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats, spells out how much federal funding each state is going without in the first week since the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired.

In New Mexico, 6,000 jobseekers lost an average

New Postage Rate Increase Three Times Inflation

on December 28, 2013 - 9:55am

NNA News:

The Postal Regulatory Commission handed everyone who uses the mail a lump of coal on Christmas Eve: approval of the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to raise postage rates by more than triple today’s inflation.

National Newspaper Association (NNA) President Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of the Blackshear (GA) Times, said NNA respectfully disagrees with the Postal Service’s request as well as the commission’s decision. He insists a lack of action by Congress to enact postal reform is at the root of the problem.

The new rates will likely go into effect Jan.

NNSA, IAEA Conduct Emergency Response Training for First Responders for Ports and Customs

on December 27, 2013 - 10:26am

Joseph Krol, NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently conducted an International Radiological Assistance Program Training for Emergency Response (I-RAPTER) course for 16 representatives from 10 countries including Armenia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course, held in Las Vegas, Nev., focused specifically on response procedures for port and customs offices involved in detecting nuclear and

Lujan Grisham Urges Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With 1.3 million Americans losing all of their federal unemployment insurance Dec. 28, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, is urging an extension of the program.

Friday, she announced that she is cosponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R.3546), legislation that would extend the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through the end of 2014. In addition to the 6,000 long-term unemployed New Mexicans who are slated to lose their unemployment insurance Saturday, an

Luján, Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Seeds

on December 25, 2013 - 11:10am



WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, N.M.-03 and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, both members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, have introduced legislation to help preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3782) would allow tribes, working in conjunction with qualified research entities, to obtain grants from the U.S.

New Episode Released of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

on December 25, 2013 - 10:45am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Public Access Program Provides Information About Udall’s Work in the U.S. Senate on Behalf of New Mexicans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released a new episode of “The Udall Update,” a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what’s happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
The 30-minute episode, which airs on Udall’s YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in

Udall Nominates Two Los Alamos Students to United States Service Academies

on December 23, 2013 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON, D.C., - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that 45 New Mexico students have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2014, including Matthew Davenport and Alexander Kirkland of Los Alamos.
“It is my honor to congratulate the students I have nominated to the service academies this year,” Udall said. “These students have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom, and they represent some of New Mexico’s best and brightest.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.