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Senator Heinrich Lauds New Rules To Extend Overtime Pay Protection For New Mexico Workers

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich welcomed President Obama’s plan to extend overtime pay protection for workers in New Mexico and across the country. The President’s plan would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year. The increased threshold would tie overtime protections to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings

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Senator Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary Connor at Chaco Canyon

Connor’s visit is in response to Udall’s request that an Interior official visit Chaco site U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor for joining him at Chaco Culture National Historical Park yesterday to learn more about the region’s sensitive archaeological sites as Interior Department officials make decisions about

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Senators Udall, Heinrich Announce $9 Million to Help Rehabilitate Runway at Roswell Airport

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $9 million to the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) to fund the rehabilitation of 5,000 feet of Runway 03/21. The grant will help maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and minimize foreign object debris. “I’m proud

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Debra Haaland: Weekly Update

Dear Democrat, There is a feeling of elation around New Mexico and the DPNM offices as we all celebrate a historic week for the principals of social justice, civil rights and the positive role of government. The Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality were affirmations of beliefs the Democratic Party has supported for many years. On a more sobering

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Senators Udall, Nelson Urge FTC to Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used to Sell Soccer Headgear

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices. The senators asked that the FTC take action if the investigation findings

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Weekly Address: The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

In this week’s address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law.  The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is here to stay. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage.  Nearly

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NM Dem Chair Haaland Statement on Marriage Equality

Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality across the US: “As the mother of a lesbian daughter, I am thrilled to know that her future is free from barriers to marry whomever she wishes. Somáh came out to me as a

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NM Dem Chair Haaland Applauds Supreme Court Decision on ACA

Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell: “Because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 50,000 New Mexicans don’t have to choose between paying bills and going to the doctor. Access to affordable health

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Attorney General Balderas Calls New Mexico’s Energy System Dysfunctional; Demands Energy Security for all New Mexicans

In a statement issued yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas called the current New Mexico energy system dysfunctional, demanding creation of a system that actually delivers affordable clean energy, and energy security to every New Mexico family. Energy security means access, affordability and reliability for all New Mexicans. “We have an urgent public safety and public

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Senator Udall Discusses Critical Need to Address Youth Suicide in Native Communities

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall discussed the critical need to address the high rate of suicide among Native American youth. He questioned the acting director of the Indian Health Service, Tribal leaders and a Psychological and Developmental Sciences expert about improving desperately needed mental health

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