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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Avoid Default; Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 7:18pm


The United States Senate voted 81-18 this evening to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. The measure is now in the House, which is expected to pass the bill by midnight.

This bill comes after a 16-day partial shutdown and will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or possibly a month longer. Senate passage of the bill came several hours after Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a bipartisan agreement.

Reid spoke on the Senate floor earlier today regarding the

Breaking News: Agreement Reached to Reopen Government!

on October 16, 2013 - 1:14pm


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced an agreement has been reached to reopen the government and avert the nation's first-ever default on U.S. debt.

The Senate's bill will end an impasse that has shut down the government for 16 days.

According to news reports, Reid hailed the agreement saying that "in the end, political adversaries put aside their differences."

Now the agreement must win approval in the Senate and then the House before reaching President Barack Obama's desk, perhaps by the end of today to ensure there is

Letter to the Editor: Shutdown Puts Public Lands at Risk

on October 16, 2013 - 7:00am

Shutdown Puts Public Lands at Risk
Environment New Mexico

As the seasons turn to fall, many of us here in New Mexico typically head to Bandelier National Monument before the cold rolls in. However, as a result of the government shutdown, our national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests all across New Mexico are closed to any and all visitors.

Bandelier National Monument typically sees a flood of visitors in October who come to experience the beauty of its cliff dwellings or spend a last night under the stars.

Heinrich Delivers Senate Floor Speech Underlining Devastating Impacts of Shutdown on New Mexico’s Economy

on October 15, 2013 - 10:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., just delivered a speech on the Senate floor to underline the devastating impacts of the government shutdown on New Mexico’s economy and middle-class families.

Heinrich mentions several of the hardships faced by the Los Alamos community. 

Below are Heinrich's remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. President, in the midst of the current crises there have been some who have questioned the relevance of the federal government to our overall economy.

Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA

on October 15, 2013 - 7:28am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos invites all Democrats to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at UNM-LA in building 2.

On the agenda is information about the debt ceiling, the sequester, the budget and how the government shutdown will affect Los Alamos. Also, a discussion of upcoming plans and events.

NBC News Interviews Los Alamos Businesses on Government Shutdown

on October 14, 2013 - 11:19am

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes and Dana Roecker visited Los Alamos Sunday to learn more about the impact of the government shutdown on small business. They met with Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock and owner Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos and also interviewed Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Manager Katy Korkos. The interview air dates will be scheduled soon on NBC. Photo by Katy Korkos

NBC News Producers Dennis Funes interviews Manager Dan Saxton of Metzger's Do-it-Best Hardware in White Rock Sunday about the impact

Los Alamos GOP Meets Oct. 17

on October 14, 2013 - 7:11am
GOP News:

The Republican Central Committee and other interested Republicans are invited to the Party's October meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in Room 608 on the UNM-LA Campus.

Plans for future events will be discussed, planned and organized. All party workers are invited to share their ideas. Party principles and rules also will be discussed.

Poll: Majority of Americans Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress

on October 13, 2013 - 12:21pm

Results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show if given the chance, 60 percent of Americans would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative. Read the full poll here (.pdf)  Courtesy photo