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Legislative Interim Committee Meetings Week of July 15

on July 15, 2013 - 8:04am


Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

Week of July 15 – 19, 2013

SANTA FE–The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of July 15 – 19, 2013.

July 15-17 — Indian Affairs Committee

Monday, July 15 — Pueblo of Isleta, Isleta Resort and Casino (Hotel), Ballroom C

Tuesday, July 16 — Pueblo of Santa Ana, Prairie Star

Wednesday, July 17 — Pueblo of Santo Domingo, Community Center, 1 Tesuque Street

Co-Chairs: Rep. Sandra Jeff (D-McKinley, San Juan-5) and Sen. John Pinto (D-McKinley, San Juan-3)

July 15–16 10 a.m.

Udall Statement on Historic Gridlock in Washington

on July 14, 2013 - 9:41am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement on the need to end gridlock in Washington:

"I have said for a long time: the Senate is a graveyard for good ideas. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, delay, obstruction – it all adds up to one thing: broken.

“I have been calling for changes in the Senate rules since I was elected to the Senate – for a simple reason: the Senate is not serving the American people. It's not serving the people of my home state of New Mexico.

"What we're seeing is historic abuse of the filibuster and other

Luján and Lujan Grisham Highlight Importance of LDRD Program at National Labs

on July 12, 2013 - 8:09am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Mexico Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke on the House floor last night on the importance of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program at the national laboratories. 

The members engaged in a colloquy with Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) to highlight the need to work together to prevent cuts to this program that supports research and development at the labs.

Click here to watch their remarks.

$2.2 Million to Increase NM’s Health Insurance Enrollment

on July 11, 2013 - 8:18am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Wednesday that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive more than $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect Oct. 1.

Approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured.

The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S.

TODAY: Udall to Speak on the Floor About Keeping Student Loans Affordable

on July 10, 2013 - 10:21am
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver remarks on the Senate floor about the need to find a comprehensive solution to keep loans affordable for college students in New Mexico and across the country.
The Senate is voting today on the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. On July 1, because of Senate inaction, a temporary measure to keep interest rates low expired. As a result, the interest rates on new federal Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Udall is a cosponsor of the Keep Student Loans

Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

on July 10, 2013 - 9:41am


Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

SANTA FE—The following legislative interim committees are meeting this week:

July 10 at 9 a.m. - Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee

  • Room 307, State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Chair: Representative Jim Trujillo (D–Santa Fe–45)
  • Vice Chair: Senator George Muñoz (D–Cibola, McKinley, San Juan–4)

July 10-12 at 9 a.m. - Legislative Education Study Committee

  • Ruidoso High School
  • 125 Warrior Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Chair: Senator John M. Sapien (D–Bernalillo, Sandoval–9)
  • Vice Chair: Representative Rick Miera (D–Bernalillo–11)

GOP Hosts Picnic at Posse Lodge July 13

on July 10, 2013 - 7:34am

GOP News:

The Annual Republican Summer Picnic will be hosted by the Los Alamos Republican Party along with the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women.

The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Posse Lodge. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided for all. Besides lunch, there will be games for children of all ages. There will be ample time for conversations and discussions.

All Republicans and friends are invited to come and participate. There is no charge for lunch and the activities. 

For more information, contact Donna McDonald at 662-4001.

Udall: $28 Million Coming to NM for Head Start

on July 5, 2013 - 7:28am
Sen. Tom Udall
ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced today that a New Mexico non-profit organization and the City of Albuquerque are receiving a combined $28 million in federal grant money for children's Head Start education in the state.
This comes as New Mexico was recently ranked 50th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book.
HELP-New Mexico, Inc., a community-based organization with 40 offices and/or Head Start and Pre-K Centers throughout New Mexico, will receive

Tom Udall's Statement on Cousin's Death

on July 4, 2013 - 7:28am
James "Randy" Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the death of his cousin, James "Randy" Udall:
"My family and I are moved by the overwhelming support and condolences for my cousin Randy Udall. He was an extraordinary person who touched so many lives with his spirit, his intelligence and his example. His death is a tremendous loss, and we will miss him more than I can express. There was no one like him.
"Randy and I were especially close.

NM Governor Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Arizona's Fallen Firefighters

on July 1, 2013 - 6:50pm



Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that all flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff from sunrise July 2 to sundown July 5 in honor and mourning of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Firefighters.


The thoughts and prayers of all New Mexicans go out to the families and friends of these fallen heroes and we honor them for their courageous service, she said.




WHEREAS, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, 2013, while battling the

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

on July 1, 2013 - 12:39pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

"As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults.

GOP Picnic July 13 @ Posse Lodge

on June 30, 2013 - 12:23am

GOP News:

Los Alamos Republicans are invited to bring their families and guests to a summer picnic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Posse Lodge. 

The event is hosted by the Republican Party of Los Alamos and Los Alamos Federated Republican Women.  

Call 622-4001, for further information.

Letter to the Editor: Democrats and Republicans Should Address Root of Problem

on June 27, 2013 - 9:36am
By Tom Ribe
Santa Fe

Behold the shallow immigration debate in Congress! Watch as republicans struggle with their racist base. See Democrats embrace a symptoms based “solution” while the root causes go unaddressed like a starving dog in the yard.

Why do millions of people from Central America and Mexico come to the U.S.? Why do they risk their lives in hot deserts and dodge heavily armed drug gangs to get minimum wage jobs in freezing cities full of strangers? In Santa Fe hundreds of immigrants are homeless on our south-side.

Yes, the U.S.

Column: June 26, 2013 Marks Beginning of Hope!

on June 27, 2013 - 9:09am

Column by Josh Dolin

June 26, 2013 probably does not carry a lot of meaning for most people. But for millions of gay Americans, including myself, it marked the beginning of hope for a nation-wide legalization of gay marriage. Or to me, a hope for equality in my future.

Just yesterday the Supreme Court made two historic decisions regarding gay rights. In United States v. Windsor, the court ruled that a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.

Los Alamos County Clerk Elected VP of NMAC

on June 26, 2013 - 12:12pm

NMAC News:

CLOVIS – Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover was elected vice president of the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) June 20 at the 77th Annual Conference in Curry County.

Stover has served as the NMAC treasurer and board representative for Los Alamos County. Previously, she was a Los Alamos County Councilor and involved with economic development in her community. She was chosen as part of the new leadership by her peer elected officials to help guide the NMAC Board of Directors representing all 33 counties in New Mexico.

“New Mexico’s counties will be well represented

Udall Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act

on June 26, 2013 - 10:06am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today issued the following statement the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court reflects the growing progress made for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals around the country. Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for thousands of loving, committed families who have been denied equality under the law for too long and will now be rightly treated as the full and equal citizens they are.
"I was proud to support legislation

Senate Appropriations Passes $148 Million for NM Military Construction Projects

on June 25, 2013 - 8:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding for essential military construction projects for New Mexico's Air Force bases and provisions to improve veteran care.

"Our nation's military readiness relies on the quality of our people, their equipment, and our facilities.

Udall Meets With Local Supporters

on June 24, 2013 - 7:21am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., shown here with Los Alamos resident Karyl Ann Armbruster and Dist. 46 Rep. Carl Trujillo, answered questions during a gathering at a Santa Fe home Sunday on topics such as national security, the immigration bill and Syria asked by a group of supporters from Los Alamos and Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Luján Lauds Small Businesses

on June 22, 2013 - 8:35am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District celebrated the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week and recognized the entrepreneurial spirit of the many small businessmen and women across New Mexico who are an essential part of the economy and our communities.

"This week, we celebrate American small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in New Mexico, that are the backbone of our economy.

Udall Pushes for Immigration Reform

on June 21, 2013 - 9:52am

Senator Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom highlighted the Senate's imperative to pass a long term, comprehensive solution to fix our nation's immigration system and improve New Mexico's border security.

"Immigration reform has to be comprehensive, that is the reality of any long-term solution," Udall said. "It is also a reality that such reform will not be perfect, will not satisfy everyone in every case. That’s what compromise means, that’s what bipartisan effort requires.

Local Republicans Meet Today

on June 20, 2013 - 9:49am

GOP News:

Any interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend a party meeting at 7 p.m. today  in room 612 (Building 6)  on the UNM-LA Campus.

Discussion will focus on standing committees, organizing and looking to the future, along with basic principles and issues.


Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Reform

on June 19, 2013 - 7:38am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today introduced a constitutional amendment that would restore authority back to Congress, individual states and the American people to regulate campaign finance.
The constitutional amendment would reverse dangerous Supreme Court decisions like Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United and rein in the unprecedented flood of secret money in the campaign finance system.

Udall Named Chair of Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee

on June 15, 2013 - 11:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has been named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

Udall was named the new to lead the subcommittee by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Chair of the full Appropriations Committee. He succeeds Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away June 3, 2013.

“As Chairman I look forward to the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent wisely and the interests of hardworking families in New Mexico are protected,” Udall said.

NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Strengthen STEM Fields

on June 13, 2013 - 7:56am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced Wednesday that they have introduced a bill to strengthen the nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and training programs in New Mexico and the U.S.
The STEM Support for Teachers in Education and Mentoring (STEM²) Act includes a package of initiatives designed to improve student interest and performance in STEM skills.

Udall Encouraged by Vote to Begin Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate

on June 12, 2013 - 8:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting to begin debate on the comprehensive immigration reform legislation, S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act:
"I was very encouraged with the strong, bipartisan vote to restart the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate.
"We still have a long way to go before immigration reform becomes law, and as it progresses in the Senate I will be looking to make sure it supports New Mexico's interests as a border state.