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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Pearce: Arrivals And Departures At Artesia Facility Halted Due To Health Concerns

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce received confirmed information about public health and safety issues at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia. The information, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the conditions for the undocumented immigrant women and children held at FLETC. DHS confirmed that arrivals and departures have been halted as they treat and vaccinate the population for Varicella (Chicken Pox).

 

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2:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

El Paso Baseball Team Celebrates: Over 400,000 Have Attended A Home Game

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – Weeks after breaking the all-time Minor League single-season attendance record for El Paso baseball, the Chihuahuas are proud to announce that more than 400,000 fans have walked through the Southwest University Park gates. This comes on the heels of a social media milestone, as the team’s Facebook page hit 100,000 likes, ranking second in all of Minor League Baseball.

 

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1:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Heinrich Applauds Confirmation Of New VA Secretary

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

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12:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Petitions For $10.10 Las Cruces Minimum Wage Certified By City Clerk

Las Cruces City Clerk Esther Martinez has validated the 2,257 signatures necessary to certify CAFé’s ordinance to improve wages to $10.10 by 2017 in Las Cruces. 

 

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3:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Settlement Requires Feds To Review Pesticide Impacts

The Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement today requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to analyze the impacts of five common pesticides on endangered wildlife across the nation. The pesticides up for review — carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl — have all been found to be toxic to wildlife and may pose a health risk to humans. 

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4:34 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Steve Pearce Comments On House Working Group Report On Border Crisis

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

 

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the House Working Group’s presentation Wednesday of its recommendations and solutions to the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

 

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2:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Santa Fe Workers File National Labor Relations Board Complaint

  SANTA FE--Today, workers from Posa's Restaurant held a demonstration in front of the business on Zafarano Dr.

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1:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Feds Propose Roadmap For Mexican Gray Wolves' Future In New Mexico, Arizona

  SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laid out its vision for the future of the endangered Mexican gray wolf today, proposing releases of captive-bred wolves into new areas of New Mexico and parts of Arizona and allowing wolves to roam from the Mexican border to Interstate 40, a much broader region than currently permitted.

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9:08 am
Thu July 24, 2014

White House Announces $10 Billion For Rural Infrastructure

Credit facebook.com/USDA

  The White House Rural Council today announced the creation of the new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund through which private entities can invest in job-creating rural infrastructure projects across the country. An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.

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8:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Pearce: Support Israel's Offensive Against Hamas

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in support of Israel’s offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“I stand by our Israeli allies and their effort to permanently end terrorist attacks on civilians,” said Pearce. “Since the beginning of this military intervention into Gaza, the radical Islamic terrorist group Hamas fired over 1,000 rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, while hiding behind women and children in mosques, hospitals and UN-administered schools. The moral case for Israel could not be clearer.”

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10:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fish Only Found In New Mexico And Arizona Gains Endangered Species Protection

Credit USFWS

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Zuni bluehead sucker under the Endangered Species Act.

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10:41 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rodríguez On Williams Institute's Report On The Economic Impact Of Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

  Today, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law issued a report on the economic impact of legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas, and the results are substantial. According to the report, over the next three years, same-sex marriages in Texas would:

·         Inject $181.6 million into our state's economy;

·         Generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue; and

·         Create between 523 and 1,570 new jobs.

These economic benefits are primarily a result of wedding spending and out-of-state guest spending.

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5:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Diocese: Local Donations Should Cease At This Time

Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  Bishop Cantú,, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, would like to thank the many volunteers, and donors that came forward in support of our humanitarian outreach program, entitled Project Oak Tree. Today, we ask that all donations (monetary and goods) and volunteers cease until further notice.  We do not anticipate having any refugees this week, and the donations we have received have been sufficient for the time being.

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5:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pearce Introduces New Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Monument Legislation

 Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) has introduced the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Corrections Act.

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4:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mexico Economic Development Department: Study Supports State Film Incentives

Credit nmfilm.com

  Santa Fe - Today, the New Mexico Film Office released the final Phase 1 report of a study on the economic impact of the state's film incentive program.

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4:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Heinrich Meets With VA Secretary Nominee

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Nominee Robert McDonald in his Washington D.C. office yesterday where they discussed ways to improve veteran care and address systemic problems at the VA.

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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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