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Heinrich Questions DOD Nominees On Domestic Violence Reporting Loophole, Other Key Issues

on November 15, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich secured a commitment from Army

Pearce Votes To Increase Pay For Troops And Modernize Defense Department

on November 15, 2017 - 10:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“The NDAA is by far one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes before Congress each year. It authorizes crucial training, equipment, and resources our nation’s military relies upon to complete its mission.

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Hearing On Safeguarding Tribal Objects Of Patrimony Act

on November 14, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a legislative hearing to review the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to curb the theft, illegal possession, sale, transfer, and export of Tribal cultural items.
 
Tribal cultural items have immense historical, traditional, and spiritual importance. It is illegal under federal law to own or sell Tribal cultural patrimony domestically, but federal law does not explicitly prohibit exportation abroad.

Los Alamos Democrats Host Monthly Meeting Tonight!

on November 13, 2017 - 8:15am

POLITICAL News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos is hosting its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at UNM-LA Building 05, 4000 University Dr.

Topics on the agenda include the organization's budget and plans for the upcoming 2018 campaign season.

Luján Introduces Two New Bills To Address Veterans

on November 13, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced two bills to address the needs of the nation’s veterans.
 
Luján’s bills would raise the minimum wage for veterans attending school through the GI Bill, and reauthorize a program that provides rental assistance to Native American veterans experiencing homelessness.
 
“As we gather this weekend in communities large and small to honor those who have served our country, we must remember that the true measure of how we honor our veterans will be determined by how we treat them

State Auditor Releases Audit Of UNM Athletics

on November 13, 2017 - 6:12am
 
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Athletics Department Friday and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

Luján Introduces Legislation To Improve Deployment Of High Speed Internet In New Mexico And Rural Areas

on November 12, 2017 - 8:12am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL  News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Broadband Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (BFIA), a bill that leverages public-private partnerships and uses a fresh approach to spur deployment of high-speed internet in New Mexico and other parts of the country.
 
Lujan’s bill is especially important for rural communities where broadband infrastructure often lags behind urban areas.
 
Luján’s bill will beef up low interest financing opportunities for public-private partnerships, as well as state and local

Udall, Heinrich Urge USDA To Use Clear, Consumer-Friendly On-Package GMO Labeling

on November 12, 2017 - 6:15am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have pressed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clearly label genetically engineered food to ensure all New Mexicans have the right to know what is in their food.
 
In a letter, the senators urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize clear, consumer-friendly on-package text labels and discouraged the use of electronic codes and labeling that would require access to a smartphone or broadband internet and would not help the thousands of New Mexicans living in rural communities. 
 
“All

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