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Heinrich Releases Statement On Cybersecurity Act

on July 10, 2014 - 7:41am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement July 8 after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act:

"Cybersecurity is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. The future of warfare is moving further away from the battlefield and closer to the machines and the networks everyday citizens have become so dependent on. 

"The ability to defend our nation against cyber-attacks requires a comprehensive approach that

Los Alamos Teens Register to Vote and Invite Community to Meet & Greet with Sen. Udall Sunday

on July 9, 2014 - 2:08pm

From left, intern Mary Farish, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Los Alamos High School seniors Sophan Kellogg, Sarah Bouquin and Lucinda Lucero Tuesday afternoon in the Clerk's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School seniors Sophan Kellogg, Sarah Bouquin and Lucinda Lucero gathered in the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office Tuesday afternoon, where Kellogg and Bouquin registered to vote. The 17-year-olds will turn 18 before the Nov. 4 election so were allowed to register to vote Tuesday.

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill to Protect Women's Health in Wake of Hobby Lobby Decision

on July 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues July 9 in introducing the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits.

The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. 

"New Mexicans know that a woman's personal health care decisions should

Energy Communities Alliance Meets With Moniz

on July 7, 2014 - 7:26am
From left, Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson, Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan, ECA Executive Director Seth Kirshenberg, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, Aiken County Councilor Chuck Smith, Kennewick Mayor Steve Young, SRSCRO Executive Director Rick McLeod, Los Alamos County Deputy Administrator Brian Bosshardt and ECA Deputy Executive Director Allison Finelli. Courtesy photo

DOE News:

The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) Executive Board met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz June 23, to highlight the importance

New Mexico's Lujan Grisham Proposes National Homeowners Bill of Rights

on July 5, 2014 - 8:13am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, last week introduced the National Homeowners Bill of Rights Act of 2014 (NHBOR), which will help protect homeowners and ensure working-class families can benefit from the housing recovery.

“This legislation gives homeowners the necessary resources to protect their rights,” Lujan Grisham said.

Letter to the Editor: Lujan Grisham Wrongly Interjects Personal Beliefs in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Statement

on July 4, 2014 - 8:02am
By DAREN SAVAGE
Los Alamos

I was disappointed, but not surprised to read Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham's statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. Rep. Lujan Grisham attempts to interject her personal beliefs, but she has it backwards. Privately held companies are owned by people, and these people have rights under our Constitution.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court affirmed our First Amendment Rights by limiting the power of government to tell us how we can practice our religious beliefs. Since Rep.

Lujan Grisham Marks 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

on July 4, 2014 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act July 2 by calling on Congress to pass an update to the landmark legislation, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.   

“It could be argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the most significant law in this nation’s history, and today’s anniversary is a time to remember the debt all of us owe to all of the courageous leaders of the civil rights movement,” Lujan Grisham said.

Lujan Grisham on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

on July 2, 2014 - 8:11am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, released the following statement June 30 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby:

“Today’s decision shows just how far the Roberts court is willing to go to put the interests of private corporations over the needs of working families. The court gives corporations the freedom to discriminate—based on religious beliefs—against its own employees.”

Udall: Supreme Court Wrong to Put Corporate Interests Ahead of Women's Health

on July 1, 2014 - 6:53am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to protect corporate interests while rolling back women’s access to contraception:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong. The Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby is a step backward for women’s health and another disturbing decision in which the justices put corporate interests ahead of American citizens. Nearly every woman in the United States will use birth control at some point in her life.

Luján Issues Statement on Immigration Reform

on July 1, 2014 - 6:46am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement on President Obama's speech on immigration reform and the announcement that Speaker John Boehner will not allow the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform this year:

"It is shameful that the Republican House leadership has failed to act on immigration reform and has now confirmed that they have no intention of doing so.

Community Members Meet Sheriff Lucero Saturday

on June 29, 2014 - 11:41am

At Saturday's 'Meet Sheriff Lucero' event at the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero speaks to community members and members of his re-election committee. 'Being the first sheriff in Los Alamos County to have graduated from the New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy, I have raised awareness of the positive benefits of having a sheriff that is an accessible, committed peace officer,' Lucero said.

Udall Secures Resources for N.M. Wildfire Prevention, Border Security, FLETC in DHS Appropriations Bill

on June 28, 2014 - 8:08am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the Appropriations Committee June 26 in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding to protect New Mexico’s border, ensure our ports of entry operate smoothly and address the use of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia to detain women and children in removal proceedings.

Udall also included an amendment that would help New Mexico communities prevent serious wildfires.

Heinrich on Immigration Reform: A Year of Inaction

on June 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement June 27 calling on House Republicans to act on the Senate bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate one year ago:

"After a vigorous public debate last year, the Senate passed a common-sense proposal to reform our country's immigration policies.

Meet Your Sheriff At Posse Lodge Saturday

on June 27, 2014 - 8:33am

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Senate Votes to Improve Training & Education for New Mexico Workers, Job Seekers

on June 27, 2014 - 8:29am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. joined the Senate in voting 95-3 to pass a bipartisan bill that will help New Mexico workers get updated workforce and skills training to better enable them to compete for new jobs and career advancement.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives soon, will also help employers find the qualified workers they need to grow and expand their businesses.

"This bill is a critical investment in New Mexico’s workforce,” Udall said.

Heinrich Votes For Bill To Improve NM Workforce Programs

on June 27, 2014 - 7:57am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan bill to improve existing federal workforce development programs in New Mexico.

"It is critical now more than ever to equip New Mexicans with the tools they need to compete in today's job market," Heinrich said. "This bill helps update and streamline some of New Mexico's federal workforce development programs, which means more training and education opportunities for job seekers or those looking to sharpen their skills.

Senators Press Increased Transparency on U.S. Drone Policy

on June 26, 2014 - 4:10pm

From left, Senators Ron Wyden, Martin Heinrich and Mark Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo. pressed the Obama administration today for additional transparency on U.S. drone policy, including its interpretations of when it can take lethal action outside of declared war zones and against Americans.

The senators - all members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - also said the American people have a right to know the "limits and boundaries" of the president's power to take lethal action against them.

"We

NM Counties Land $37 Million in PILT Payments

on June 26, 2014 - 7:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted more than $37 million that New Mexico counties are receiving through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2014. 

Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewel announced that 32 local governments throughout New Mexico are receiving $37,677,905 $3 million more than last year through the program that compensates counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions.

"The PILT program provides vital resources for New Mexico's

Luján’s Staff Holds Mobile Office Hours in Los Alamos Thursday

on June 25, 2014 - 10:37am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Congressional News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s staff will hold mobile office hours in the Third District Thursday, June 26. The Los Alamos time is 1-3 p.m. at Time Out Pizza, 1350 Central Ave.

Mobile office hours provide constituents who may not have the means or time to travel to one of Luján’s six district offices greater access to the services offered. Staff will be on hand to assist residents who have questions regarding Social Security benefits, immigration applications, veterans’ services, and other federal programs.

Staff in Los Alamos will be partnering with the

Launch of VA Open Burn Pit Registry Helps Veterans Get Needed Care

on June 24, 2014 - 7:28am

Msgt. Jessey Baca

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, which he was instrumental in creating through bipartisan legislation.

Similar to the Agent Orange and Gulf War registries, the burn pit registry will enable the VA to track service members and veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

on June 24, 2014 - 7:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to ensure an open Internet, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic.

The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

"New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,"

Luján Writes to DOJ on Veterans Treatment at Albuquerque VA Facility

on June 24, 2014 - 7:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District wrote a letter Monday to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Eric Holder concerning reports of mismanagement at the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs (VA) facility and mistreatment of veterans.

In the letter, Luján highlights the similarities in problems that have been exposed in Phoenix and in Albuquerque and the fact that DOJ is actively investigating the Phoenix VA facility, and should consider expanding its investigation to Albuquerque if necessary.

Below is the text of the

Candidates, Kids, Pets and Community Turn Out For Sunday's Annual Los Alamos GOP Picnic

on June 23, 2014 - 6:56am

More than 50 community members turned out for the annual summer picnic hosted by the Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) Sunday at Rover Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Norm Wilson stands to speak to the crowd gathered Sunday at Rover Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Longtime LAFRW member Mary Brooks, right, at Sunday's picnic. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local GOP Chair Robert Gibson introduces candidates running for office in the 2014 General Election.

President Urged to End Bulk Collection of Phone Records

on June 22, 2014 - 8:01am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged President Obama to take immediate steps, while Congress works to pass true surveillance reform, to end the ongoing bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

The senators, who all serve on the U.S.

Los Alamos Democrats Attend Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe

on June 21, 2014 - 10:50am

Five Los Alamos members of the State Central Committee attending a Democratic Unity Breakfast in Santa Fe this morning took the opportunity to pose for a photo with Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico. From left, Mike Wheeler, Michael Redondo, Robyn Schultz, King, Phil Gursky and Cathy Chapman. Courtesy photo

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