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4:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Civil Rights And Media Groups To FCC: Reclassify Internet Service Providers As Common Carriers

 

WASHINGTON - On Friday, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of more than 50 civil rights, human rights, community-based and media organizations in support of strong Net Neutrality rules that protect the digital rights of communities of color.

 

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3:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed At New Mexico VA Medical Center

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Today, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

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12:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Udall Supports Women's Access To Health Care Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  

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11:04 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Heinrich Co-Signs Letter Calling For Review Of Trade Agreement With Countries Violating LGBT Rights

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

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9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Pearce Urges Additional Flights For Deportations Of Central American Immigrants

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce issued this statement today after the Department of Homeland Security's first flight of deported immigrants left the Roswell International Air Center. The undocumented women and children were being temporarily housed at the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia.

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11:11 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Pearce: We Must Know The "Whole Story" Before Congress Acts On Immigration

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  For the past few months, our nation has been shocked by the tens of thousands of Central American women and children flooding across our border illegally. To date, it has been reported that more than 100,000 individuals have crossed the border, nearly half of them being unaccompanied minors. Yet after months of this problem continuing to grow, we are no closer to knowing root causes that lead individuals to risk their health and safety, and how to mitigate this humanitarian crisis.

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3:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Wants Answers About Albuquerque Veteran's Death

  WASHINGTON – Today, all five members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acting director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to express their serious concerns about the New Mexico VA’s handling of the recent tragic death of a veteran at its Medical Center in Albuquerque, as well as its lack of transparency in response to requests for information from the public and their offices.

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12:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Campaign Finance Reform Constitutional Amendment Bill

Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of his proposed constitutional amendment to restore power to regulate campaign finance to the people. Udall’s amendment would clarify in the Constitution that money does not equal speech, effectively reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have unraveled campaign finance regulations and handed undue influence over elections to corporations and wealthy donors. Following today's committee vote, Udall's amendment is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this year.

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11:31 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Udall: Bill Would Help New Mexico Create Jobs

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a bill to help small business federal government contractors in New Mexico and across the country access the tools, training and hands-on help necessary to diversify their businesses and create jobs.

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9:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Las Cruces Group Slams Pearce On Monument And Immigration

  Las Cruces, NM - Congregations along with the faith-based group, NM CAFé, are expressing their disappointment with Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) for his role today in a subcommittee hearing falsely implying that the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will negatively impact border security.

 

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12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill To Protect Women's Health In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues 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 v. Hobby Lobby. 

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8:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 12-3.

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

"Border Reality Checkpoint" Day Of Action In Las Cruces And El Paso

  EL PASO, TX & LAS CRUCES, NM —Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project along with community leaders and volunteers will join communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in a day of action to simultaneously deploy “Border Reality Checkpoints.”

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4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Statewide Chamber Continues Advocacy For Fair Treatment Of New Mexico Businesses

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, the statewide business advocate, led a panel of business leaders and experts who testified on issues with the State’s procurement procedures, and raised concerns that major opportunities are being lost for local businesses when the state government spends tax dollars outside New Mexico.

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3:39 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

King: Martinez Ad Is "Nasty Smear Campaign"

  Governor Martinez' campaign sunk to a new low yesterday as they released a video from July, 2012 in a blatant effort to mislead and misinform New Mexicans while smearing Attorney General Gary King. This desperate attempt comes as Martinez seeks another four year term as Governor of New Mexico.

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3:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement

  Today, The Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide chamber of commerce, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, and the New Mexico General Services Department.  The records requested will show what percentage of state taxpayer money in these departments is being spent outside of New Mexico, instead of in contracts with in-state businesses to promote local growth.

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4:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Pearce Responds To President's Immigration Announcement

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to President Obama’s announcement today that he would fix the immigration system on his own, without Congress.

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11:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration

  LAS CRUCES – The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), and Audubon New Mexico were joined today by local government, nonprofit organizations, farmers and members of the public to celebrate the first irrigation to benefit native plant restoration efforts along the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

 

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11:16 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Udall: Supreme Court Wrong To Put Corporate Interests Above Women's Health

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall 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:

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6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce met for the second time with administrators of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Friday to discuss the ongoing concerns about the VA Health Care system and veterans services. He announced plans for a pilot program in Southeast New Mexico for veterans to see local doctors for specialty care. Congressman Pearce also again engaged with VA administrators, asking them for transparency in answers to patient lists.

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2:17 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Heinrich Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement 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. The bill would modernize our immigration system to meet the needs of our economy, provide an accountable pathway to earned citizenship for the undocumented workers currently living in the shadows, and dramatically strengthen security at our borders.

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2:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Udall To Meet With FCC Chair And Tribal Leaders Monday

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   On Monday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will visit the Pueblo of Acoma to discuss the importance of expanding broadband services on tribal lands for economic development and to expand education opportunities. Udall, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the FCC, is a longtime champion of expanding broadband to all communities, rural and urban.

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12:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Heinrich Presses Obama For More Transparency On Drone Policy

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

 

  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.

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3:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Voter Advocates: Open The New Mexico Primary System

  On June 3rd voters went to the polls to vote for nominees for the General Election – that is if they were registered Democrats or Republicans.

The Secretary of State reports only one in five voters participated in this year’s primary election. These anemic numbers reflect that nearly a quarter-million registered voters could NOT vote in the primary. Why? Because they declined to identify as Republican or Democrat when they registered.

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3:16 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Initiative Launched To Increase Latino Inclusion In News Coverage

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) today launched the Latino Experts Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and created to increase the visibility of Latino experts in local news coverage.  

 

Over a two-year span, NHMC trained more than 100 Latino leaders, representing various fields of expertise and based in 12 television markets, to speak in media.

 

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1:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

DHS Writes Open Letter To Parents Of Children Crossing The Border

The following op-ed from Secretary Johnson ran in Spanish-language outlets over the weekend. Please see the English translation below.

An open letter to the parents of children crossing our Southwest border

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2:41 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Pearce: Questions Remain About Detention Of Immigrants In New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to use the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia, New Mexico as a holding and processing facility for women and children who have recently crossed the border illegally.

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2:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Heinrich Co-sponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

   In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-sponsored 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.

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10:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Advocacy Group: New Mexico Needs Workplace Policies To Protect New Parents

A new state-by-state analysis shows how little the nation supports and protects working mothers and fathers when a new child arrives – and New Mexico is nearly failing its new parents. The study, Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States.

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10:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Pearce: New Survey Shows Variations In VA Wait Times

  Congressman Steve Pearce has released a survey of New Mexico veterans that shows differences in reported wait times at VA Health Care facilities, when compared to data released last week by the Veterans Administration. In an ongoing effort to shed light on the problem facing veterans in New Mexico and continue the dialogue, Pearce released this statement.

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