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Pearce Urges Additional Flights For Deportations Of Central American Immigrants

Jul 15, 2014
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.

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.

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

Jul 10, 2014

  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.

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.

Udall: Bill Would Help New Mexico Create Jobs

Jul 10, 2014
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.

  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.


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. 

Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation

Jul 9, 2014
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.

  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.”

Statewide Chamber Continues Advocacy For Fair Treatment Of New Mexico Businesses

Jul 8, 2014

  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.

King: Martinez Ad Is "Nasty Smear Campaign"

Jul 8, 2014

  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.

State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement

Jul 2, 2014

  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.

Pearce Responds To President's Immigration Announcement

Jun 30, 2014
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.

Water Release To Benefit Native Plant Restoration

Jun 30, 2014

  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.


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

Jun 30, 2014
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:

Pearce: I Continue To Seek Answers From Albuquerque VA

Jun 30, 2014
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.

Heinrich Calls On GOP To Pass Immigration Reform

Jun 27, 2014
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.

Udall To Meet With FCC Chair And Tribal Leaders Monday

Jun 27, 2014
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.

Heinrich Presses Obama For More Transparency On Drone Policy

Jun 26, 2014
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.

Voter Advocates: Open The New Mexico Primary System

Jun 25, 2014

  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.

New Initiative Launched To Increase Latino Inclusion In News Coverage

Jun 25, 2014

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.


DHS Writes Open Letter To Parents Of Children Crossing The Border

Jun 24, 2014

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

Pearce: Questions Remain About Detention Of Immigrants In New Mexico

Jun 23, 2014
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  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.

Heinrich Co-sponsors Net Neutrality Legislation

Jun 23, 2014
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.

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

Jun 19, 2014

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.

Pearce: New Survey Shows Variations In VA Wait Times

Jun 18, 2014

  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.

Pearce: New Mexico Will Get Increase In Federal Payments In Lieu Of Taxes

Jun 17, 2014
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Congressman Steve Pearce is proud to see that New Mexico will be issued $37,677,905 in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) today. Pearce pushed for the payments to be included in the Agriculture Act of 2014 to fully compensate counties for federal land within their borders. New Mexico will receive nearly $3 million more in funding this fiscal year.

Groups File Lawsuit To Protect Lesser Prairie Chicken

Jun 17, 2014
State of Colorado

  Three conservation groups filed a legal challenge today over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to adequately protect thousands of imperiled lesser prairie chickens from being killed or harmed by oil and gas drilling, grazing and other human activities. Although the bird’s population declined an estimated 50 percent last year, in April the Service designated the bird as “threatened” rather than “endangered,” a distinction that allowed the agency to authorize ongoing “incidental take” of prairie chickens under a series of unproven, voluntary conservation agreements.

Heinrich Pleased With Support For Tribal Communities

Jun 15, 2014
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans to improve tribal education and support economic housing development for Native communities. Part of the initiative HUD announced includes assistance for tribes that are implementing the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act -- a bill Senator Heinrich successfully passed through Congress, which was signed into law in 2012.

Rodriguez: Border Needs Help, Not Militarization

Jun 12, 2014


  State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding the calls by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and others who call for more law enforcement in response to a humanitarian crisis spurred by violence in Central America:

What we are dealing with is an influx of children fleeing from Central American violence; imagine a situation so dire that you allow your children to travel a dangerous journey -- thousands of miles -- to a foreign land.