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New Mexico Delegation Responds To Report By WIPP Technical Assessment Team

on March 28, 2015 - 10:11am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Technical Assessment Team, analyzing the scientific cause of the drum failure that led to the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). 

"Today's report answers some of the questions about what led to the radiological release at WIPP on Feb.

DPS Reorganization Act Signed Into Law

on March 28, 2015 - 9:32am

DPS Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law Senate Bill 95, the Department of Public Safety Reorganization Act.

This landmark bill represents the first statutory reorganization of the New Mexico State Police Division (DPS) in its 28-year history and takes effect July 1, 2015. This bill enjoyed widespread legislative support, having passed the Senate 31-9 and the House 54-1.

The primary effect of this bill is the merger of all three DPS law enforcement entities into the DPS:

  • New Mexico State Police;
  • Motor Transportation Police

Rep. Garcia Richard's Legislative Session Recap

on March 28, 2015 - 9:28am
By Dist. 43 Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval
 

As Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "You may delay, but time will not," and as we learned this legislative session, delaying critical votes has left New Mexico in a state of confusion and panic. 

 
For three years, I have served on House Appropriations and am proud of the bipartisan work we have accomplished to deliver New Mexicans a balanced and fair budget and comprehensive capital improvement legislation. 
 
In those three years, I have never once seen a move as destructive as the 11th hour coup by

DOE Offers Conditional Commitment To Alcoa To Support Making Aluminum For Automotive Sector

on March 28, 2015 - 7:39am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of the Administration’s effort to support advanced vehicles that are more affordable for Americans to drive, strengthen U.S. leadership in manufacturing advanced vehicle technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency, the Department of Energy has announced a conditional commitment for a $259 million loan to Alcoa Inc.
 
This conditional commitment is the first issued by the Department under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program since Secretary Moniz announced a number of improvements

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
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NMPIRG News:

  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant To Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

on March 27, 2015 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government.
 
The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico.  
  • Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and make home improvements to improve energy efficiency.
  • Tierra del Sol

Luján Votes To Protect Seniors’ Access To Doctors And Extend Health Care For Children

on March 27, 2015 - 8:10am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted Thursday in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare. 

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust. Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.

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