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Udall-Requested EPA IG Report Shows Pruitt’s Six-Figure Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars For Luxury Travel

on May 17, 2019 - 1:39pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, responded to the release of a report Udall requested from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s abuse of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary luxury travel.
The IG report found, among other things that: former Administrator Pruitt spent nearly $1 million on travel in just over 10 months, $124,000 of which was in

Tribal Leaders Meet For Historic Summit With Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Cabinet Secretaries

on May 17, 2019 - 9:38am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE Leaders from 23 tribal nations met Thursday with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Cabinet secretaries for the 10th annual state tribal leaders summit.
Tribal leaders from across the state came together at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque to discuss ways to work more collaboratively with the Lujan Grisham administration.
The state tribal leaders summit is an annual tradition that was established as a way for tribes to develop successful partnerships with the state of New Mexico. Thursday’s event was

‘Giffords’ Endorses Ben Ray Luján For U.S. Senate

on May 16, 2019 - 12:51pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Giffords, the gun safety organization led by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján for United States Senate from New Mexico.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
"I’ve known Ben Ray Luján to be a tireless advocate for New Mexico ever since I had the privilege of serving alongside him in Congress. He understands that progress does not happen unless you bring people together around a common goal. Ben Ray brings that perspective to his advocacy to address America’s gun violence crisis.

Udall Presses U.S. Forest Service Chief On Budget Cuts, Wildfire Funding, Other New Mexico Priorities

on May 16, 2019 - 12:35pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also questions USFS on maintaining wildlife corridors and discusses his legislation to promote reforestation


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Wednesday pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen on "President Trump’s wholly insufficient" budget proposal for the USFS, which would undercut the Forest Service’s ability to combat catastrophic wildfires in New Mexico and across the country.



RSF Welcomes Investigation Into Chinese State Television Network CGTN For Airing Forced Confessions

on May 16, 2019 - 6:51am
Former British journalist and private investigator Peter Humphrey was detained in China in 2013 and forced to confess to alleged crimes on air in 2014. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
RSF welcomes the launch of an investigation by the United Kingdom’s audiovisual regulation authority (Ofcom) on Chinese state television network CGTN for airing forced confessions.
The United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) announced May 9 that they are investigating China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) possible violation of broadcasting regulations.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour Highlights Research, Partnerships

on May 15, 2019 - 8:23am
From left, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar listening last week to environmental scientists Teresa Matthews and Mark Peterson of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory discuss EM-funded research. Courtesy/ORNL
DOE News:
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar last week visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they learned about a partnership between EM and DOE’s Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site

In Key Committee Hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For Protection Of Chaco Canyon Area

on May 15, 2019 - 7:59am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered opening remarks Tuesday at a Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing on S. 1079, the Chaco Culture Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill he introduced with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development.
Heinrich’s legislation, S. 526, the Buffalo Tract Protection Act, to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Intel Announces 300+ New Jobs In New Mexico

on May 15, 2019 - 7:46am
SANTA FE The Intel manufacturing plant in Rio Rancho will see a boost in hiring as the company continues to grow beyond its traditional PC and server businesses into data-rich markets, the company and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Tuesday.
Intel plans to expand its Rio Rancho workforce by over 300 employees in 2019.
Intel is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of essential technologies that power the cloud in an increasingly smart, connected world, and its products are addressing the explosive demands to process, analyze, store, and transfer

NM Delegation: Reimburse Border Communities Providing Humanitarian Relief To Asylum Seekers

on May 15, 2019 - 7:25am
WASHINGTON, D.C. After reports that U.S. Border Patrol has in recent weeks released more than 4,000 migrants applying for asylum in the United States in Las Cruces, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) Tuesday sent a letter with U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Speaks Out Against Raid Of Another $1.5 Billion In DOD National Security Funds

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, along with every Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, slammed the White House and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan for their plan for an additional unauthorized transfer of $1.5 billion in important national security funds in order to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the southern border.
The newly announced raid of $1.5 billion in

Udall, Heinrich Announce Census Director Visiting New Mexico Later This Month At Their Urging

on May 14, 2019 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C. At the urging of U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will visit New Mexico later this month to discuss ensuring accurate counts for the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census.
In February, Udall and Heinrich sent a letter inviting Director Dillingham to visit the state to share how the Bureau is taking adequate steps to count underrepresented communities and address the unique data collection challenges in New Mexico.
More details about Director Dillingham’s visit will be

Scenes From 2019 UNM-LA Graduation Ceremony

on May 13, 2019 - 5:45pm
The second largest graduating class in UNM-Los Alamos history crossed the stage Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium to receive their diplomas. While enrollments in higher education around the state continue to decline, UNM-LA is experiencing three consecutive years of significant growth. This semester there were 1,146 students enrolled in academic courses at UNM-LA. UNM-LA granted awards to more than 100 top students earning degrees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
UNM-LA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cynthia J.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Statement On Secretary Mike Pompeo Meeting With Vladimir Putin

on May 13, 2019 - 5:30pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a “sweeping and systemic” disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with President Putin:

“If Secretary

Voices Of Los Alamos Features New Homeless Shelter

on May 13, 2019 - 5:18pm
Voice Of Los Alamos News:
The Voices of Los Alamos monthly meeting May 20 will feature Ralph Martinez, Roger Montoya, Steven Lovato and Christopher Madrid.
They will speak about the new homeless shelter, Espanola Pathways Shelter, being funded by a recent appropriation of $225,000 by Dist. 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez. Read more about this new project:
The organization usually meets 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Heinrich Requests Public Update On Status Of NSA Phone Records Surveillance Program

on May 12, 2019 - 9:56am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Six Senate Intelligence Committee members Tuesday requested the National Security Agency (NSA) provide a public update on the status of the NSA’s phone records surveillance program.
U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Vice-chair Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) sent the request in a letter to NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone today.
The text of the letter is below. View a signed copy HERE.
Dear General Nakasone,

Sen. Tom Udall Holds ‘For The People Act’ Forum

on May 12, 2019 - 8:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, left, hosts a forum Saturday at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque to discuss his efforts to enact a sweeping package of reforms that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and make government work for all Americans. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall held a forum Saturday on the For The People Act, his landmark legislation to reform democracy, at Central New Mexico Community College where he discussed his efforts to enact sweeping legislation that will fight corruption, fix broken politics and

In Preparation For Commercial Service, Virgin Galactic Moves To Spaceport America, New Mexico

on May 12, 2019 - 8:17am
Scene at the Roundhouse Friday as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announce Virgin Galactic moving spaceline staff and space vehicles to New Mexico. Courtesy photo
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced Friday that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, Calif. to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico.
The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will

Land Commissioner Garcia Richard Responds To Proposed Customs And Border Protection Wall

on May 11, 2019 - 11:57am
SANTA FE Wednesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard submitted a five page letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) regarding the proposed first phase of the federal border wall.
The CPB requested comments regarding the proposed project on 31 miles of federal land in Luna County and 15 miles of federal land in Doña Ana County. The Commissioner’s letter (attached and available here) outlines detailed concerns about the project.
The proposed land for “El Paso Project 1” does not include any state trust land, but construction of the

Udall, Heinrich Press To Withdraw Proposal To Build 46 Miles Of Border Wall In Luna/Dona Aña Counties

on May 11, 2019 - 11:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) urged Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Wednesday to extend the public comment period, which ended Wednesday, for the Trump administration’s proposal to build 46 miles of new border wall in southern New Mexico.
In a letter to CBP and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the senators said the process is wholly inadequate for stakeholders to thoroughly review and provide comment on a project of this magnitude and believe CBP should extend the comment period by 90 days.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money

on May 11, 2019 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. Rep. and Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued an op-ed Friday explaining the reasons his campaign for senate will not accept corporate PAC contributions.
Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

At the start of the last Congress, one of the first votes House Republicans took was on a bill designed to unravel protections for workers exposed to chemicals like beryllium. Beryllium is one of the chemicals that poisoned my father’s lungs and caused his cancer.

Watching House Republicans vote against the

Udall, Warren, Harris, Blumenthal To DHS: Stop Unconstitutional Surveillance Of Journalists, Activists...

on May 10, 2019 - 10:48am

  • Senators demand answers from Acting Secretary McAleenan about CBP’s program to target and monitor individuals reporting on or providing assistance to migrants at the border

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K.

Liberty On The Rocks Meets May 16

on May 10, 2019 - 8:01am
Liberty on the Rocks News:
Liberty on the Rocks Los Alamos Chapter is hosting a meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.
The community is invited to join the fun, have a drink and discuss the ideas of liberty, limited government and the free market.
For more information, contact Chris Luchini at
About Liberty on the Rocks:
Liberty on the Rocks is a non-profit libertarian organization designed to educate, connect, and activate liberty enthusiasts around the world.

Haaland, Luján Introduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on May 10, 2019 - 7:44am
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland
WASHINGTON, D.C. Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee Deb Haaland and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act Thursday to address the local Sandoval County community’s concerns about the negative impacts of a proposed gravel mine in the area.
The bill will withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
“The Placitas area is already home to numerous mines and the

LANL Director And Higher Education Dept. Cabinet Secretary To Speak At UNM-LA Convocation Ceremony

on May 9, 2019 - 9:20am
LANL Director Dr. Thom Mason
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Thom Mason is the honored guest speaker and Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department Dr. Kate O’Neill is the keynote speaker at the 38th UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Convocation Ceremony at 6 p.m. May 10, in Duane Smith Auditorium.
“We are excited that both Dr. Mason and Dr. O’Neill have accepted our invitation to speak to our graduates,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said. “Their willingness to participate in the ceremony

Plame Launches Congressional Campaign Website

on May 8, 2019 - 6:45pm


Valerie Plame has launched her Democrat for Congress website dispeling any doubt that she is running for the seat held by Rep. Ben Ray Luján who is running for the seat held by retiring Sen. Tom Udall.

Plame lives in Santa Fe and is a writer, spy novelist and former operations officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

In Plame's own word:

I hope to represent Northern New Mexico as your Democratic Congressional Representative. Over 10 years ago, I chose to make New Mexico my home and it has become my heart.