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Udall Urges Bipartisan Action To Fund CHIP And Health Programs Critical To New Mexico

on October 26, 2017 - 9:53am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Republicans to work with Democrats to fund critical health programs that benefit thousands of N.M. children, low-income families, and Native Americans.
 
Udall also voiced his support for bipartisan efforts in the Senate to stabilize the individual health insurance markets and protect against President Trump's efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
Last month, while Republicans were trying pass their fourth attempt to repeal Obamacare, they

Heinrich Calls On Secretary Perry To Withdraw Proposal To Force Consumers To Subsidize Uncompetitive Coal And Nuclear Companies

on October 26, 2017 - 9:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an op-ed today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called on Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to withdraw a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) directing federal regulators at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create rules that would favor coal and nuclear plants that are no longer the most cost-effective producers of energy.

“If FERC were to adopt Secretary Perry’s proposed rule, or anything even remotely similar, it would unravel wholesale energy markets and

Udall Urges Enhanced Public Safety, More Resources For Crime And Victim Services In Indian Country

on October 26, 2017 - 6:13am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has urged improvements to public safety in Indian Country, calling for additional resources to fight crime and provide victim services to Native Americans.

In a legislative hearing, Udall led the Indian Affairs Committee in reviewing three bills to promote public safety in Tribal communities:

 
S. 1870, Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act 2017, the “SURVIVE Act"
S. 1953, Reauthorization of the Tribal and Law Order Act of 2010
S. 1942, A bill

AFTNM Reacts To Judicial Ruling Against Mora ISD

on October 25, 2017 - 2:04pm

AFTNM News:
  • District Ordered to Reinstate Wrongfully Terminated Employees; Comply with Previous Arbitrator Decision

MORA – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Mora Federation of School Employees Union President Faith Rivera and Mora Federation of School Employees Union Members Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas released today the following statement:

“We are extremely happy New Mexico District Court Judge Alan Malott has ruled in favor of three wrongfully terminated Mora Independent School District employees, affirming the April 2017 decision of a

Conservation Voters NM Releases 2017 Scorecard

on October 25, 2017 - 11:56am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its statewide Conservation Scorecard for the 2017 legislative session.
 
In the Scorecard, CVNM reports the votes cast on the most critical issues affecting our air, land, water, health and communities during the 2017 regular legislative session.
 
The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017 Scorecard is 68 percent. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017 Scorecard is 67 percent.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Luján In Introducing Bicameral Legislation To Create Health Care Public Option

on October 25, 2017 - 11:16am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) today introduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance.
 
The bill already has more than 35 cosponsors in both the House and Senate including Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
 
“Our goal with this bill is simple – to

UN Flag Flies At Skip And Hedy Dunn Residence

on October 25, 2017 - 9:26am

 

Skip and Hedy Dunn fly the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Skip and Hedy Dunn flew the United Nations flag Tuesday at their residence in White Rock in honor of United Nations Day.
 
In December 2015, the UN accomplished an unbelievable task; 195 nations -- almost the whole world -- committed to the Paris Climate Accord. Seeing as how it is often difficult to be in accord with even one, loved person (e.g. spouse), this is truly incredible.

The United States of America brokered artfully

State Democratic Party Credits Public Engagement For PED Change Of Tune On Science Curriculum Standards

on October 25, 2017 - 5:51am
NMDP News:
 
The Democratic Party of New Mexico credited public engagement Oct. 18, for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (PED) change in tune on science curriculum standards.
 
After public outrage was made clear, Gov. Susana Martinez’s PED announced that they would not be including the politicized changes they proposed in September.
 
“New Mexico was facing the possibility of Martinez’s PED altering science education in a way that would have put New Mexico kids at a disadvantage.

Heinrich: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act Lacks Privacy Reforms

on October 25, 2017 - 5:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, voted Tuesday against advancing the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 12-3.

"I strongly support the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and specifically section 702 to gather intelligence on foreign targets. That is exactly why FISA was written in the first place and collecting the communications of foreign targets is without controversy.

U. S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor USA RIGHTS Act To Reform Secretive Warrantless Spy Program

on October 24, 2017 - 3:46pm

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bill Reforms FISA Sec. 702 to Protect Americans' Security and Liberties, Reduce Secret Law and Focus Spy Program on Foreign Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced bipartisan legislation they are cosponsoring that reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, while giving intelligence agencies authority to target foreign terrorists, criminals, and other overseas intelligence targets.

The USA RIGHTS Act reforms Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence

VIDEO: Udall Speaks Out Against Efforts To Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

on October 24, 2017 - 7:38am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall spoke Oct. 18 on the Senate floor in strong opposition to a provision slipped in the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution that would pay for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy in part through oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
 
A longtime champion of protection for the Arctic refuge, Udall called for the removal of any language in the budget that would open to drilling the refuge’s coastal plain, known as the 10-02 area. 
 
VIDEO: 

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

Robinson: Eco Station Saving Energy

on October 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
Eco Station on East Jemez Road. Photo by James Robinson
 
By JAMES ROBINSON
Environmental Sustainability Board

In July, I was reappointed to the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board by the County Council. Although this board is mainly known for the Plastic Bag Ban and the recent Wildlife Ordinance discussion, this board, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services, has done a lot of work to make Los Alamos more sustainable, and save our citizens money.

Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress To Provide Mandatory Full Funding For PILT

on October 23, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Oct. 19 that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads.
 
The amendment to the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
 
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Hosts Concert

on October 23, 2017 - 3:39pm

Satirist Roy Zimmerman will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News: 

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is hosting a concert featuring Satirist Roy Zimmerman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos at 1738 N. Sage St.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.losalamosdemocrats.org/2017_zimmerman

 

 

 
 

Study: Noncompliance Hobbles Comprehensive Background Check Policy For Private Gun Sales

on October 23, 2017 - 10:40am

Courtesy/gunlocker.com

HSNW News:

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

The study, which posted online in Injury Prevention, is believed to be the first to assess the association between CBC policy enactment and changes in background-check rates.

Senate Budget Plan Allows For $1.5 Trillion Added To National Debt

on October 23, 2017 - 10:10am
Maya MacGuineas, president
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
 
CRFB News:
 
The Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2018 budget Oct. 19 containing reconciliation instructions for tax reform. The following is a statement from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
 
There was a time not long ago when many Congressional Republicans demanded a budget that balanced within 10 years.
 
Today, with their vote, the Senate GOP has turned away from this goal, sprinting in the other direction and instead approving a plan that allows for $1.5 trillion in

Los Alamos County Council Meets Tuesday

on October 23, 2017 - 5:07am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda: 
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
  • A. Proclamation celebrating Oct. 25 as "Atomic City Transit Day" in Los Alamos County (accepted by employees of Atomic City Transit) Presenters: County Council 
6. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA
7. CONSENT AGENDA
  • A.

Heinrich Warns Of Public Health Crisis In Puerto Rico, Urges Health Department To Take Action

on October 23, 2017 - 5:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. 
 
Heinrich joined U.S.

Sheriff Lucero Seeks To File Amended Complaint Against Los Alamos County Council

on October 23, 2017 - 4:59am

Staff Report

 

Attorney A. Blair Dunn has asked the First Judicial District Court for permission to file an amended complaint against the Los Alamos County Council on behalf of Sheriff Marco Lucero.

The original complaint was filed Aug. 29 as an emergency petition for writ of mandamus and complaint for declaratory judgment.

The motion to amend the complaint, filed Oct.

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
 
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
 
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings: Oct. 23-27

on October 21, 2017 - 10:20am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are scheduled to meet the week of Oct. 23 through Oct. 27:

  • Oct. 23 @ 1 p.m. – Legislative Council (LC), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Approval of Minutes; Interim Committee Business; Staff Reports
  • Oct. 24-27 @ 8:30 a.m. – Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Program Evaluation: Cost drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication; Department of Health (665): Preview of FY19 Appropriation Request; New Mexico Corrections

New Mexico House Republicans To Jeff Bezos: We Stand Ready To Partner With Amazon!

on October 20, 2017 - 6:05pm

Minority Floor Leader Nate Gentry

NM HOUSE GOP News:

SANTA FE – Nineteen New Mexico House Republican representatives sent a letter today to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to promote Albuquerque’s bid to host Am

azon’s new North American headquarters.

In their letter, the representatives cited New Mexico’s location, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the presence of two national laboratories as key assets. They also pledged their willingness to work on business-friendly policies, including tax reform, as well as continued support for important state incentive programs such as the Local

PED Tweaks Proposed Science Education Standards

on October 19, 2017 - 5:12pm
Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski addresses the crowd during a reception Oct. 10 at the LAPS School Board Meeting Room. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) appeared to backpedal Tuesday on proposed changes to the New Mexico Science Education Standards, which are at odds with the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

New Mexico would be the 19th state to adopt the Standards.

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New Mexico Democrats Recommend National Labs To Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

on October 19, 2017 - 11:05am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján, joined by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, sent a letter today urging the Administration to utilize programs run by national labs in New Mexico to help with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

The members of the New Mexico delegation are asking the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security to leverage the unique expertise and resources at the labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, to help Puerto Rico rebuild.

“The scale of the devastation in Puerto Rico

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