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Weekly Address: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare and Medicaid

In this week’s address, the President celebrated the 50th birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives. These programs are a promise that if we work hard, and play by the rules, we’ll be rewarded with a basic measure of dignity, security, and the freedom to live

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Senator Udall Urges Support for Diplomatic Agreement to Prevent Nuclear-Armed Iran

In a speech on the Senate floor yesterday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall endorsed the proposed diplomatic agreement to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He urged Congress to support it based on the scientific and technical merits, saying the alternative could lead to more war that Americans don’t want and can’t afford. “This is

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Congressman Ben Ray Luján: House Should Stay in Session to Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico and the Nation

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called on Republican leaders to keep the House in session to work on the many critical issues facing Congress and the American people.  After tying together legislation to extend the Highway Trust Fund for only three months and a bill to ensure Veterans Affairs clinics around

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Senator Martin Heinrich: Op-Ed: Iran deal is a historic opportunity

Reposted from the Albuquerque Journal, Thursday, July 30, 2015 In the first decade of this century when we were entangled in the War in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear program surged ahead rapidly, adding thousands of centrifuges, building complex nuclear facilities and stockpiling highly enriched uranium. In the absence of real negotiations and before the most recent

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Senator Udall Votes for Temporary Extension of Highway Trust Fund, Urges Congress to Work on Robust Solution for Long-Term Highway Funding

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment in Congress’ failure to pass a responsible long-term bill to fund highways and other infrastructure ahead of a July 31 deadline. Udall voted against a Senate-drafted proposal that would extend federal transportation programs for six years but provide funding only for three years. The bipartisan leadership of

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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Medicare

On this date, fifty years ago, July 30, 1965, at a ceremony held in Independence, Missouri, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed Medicare into law. Moments later, the nation’s first Medicare Card was presented to President Harry Truman, then 81 years old. Medicare was created in 1965 when people over 65 found it virtually impossible to

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Senators Udall, Wyden Introduce Bill to End Sweetheart Deals for Coal Companies

New bill would get a fair return for taxpayers U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to ensure American taxpayers receive the full value of coal produced on public lands. The Coal Royalty Fairness Act would require the Interior Department to collect royalties for coal mined on federal lands based

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Senator Heinrich Fights For Renewable Energy Development, Community Solar, And Land And Water Conservation Fund In Key Committee Hearing

During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources markup hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich advocated for legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands, community solar, and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The hearing was held to consider amendments for the committee’s bipartisan energy package, which will

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Senators Udall, Heinrich Call for Hearing on Need to Expand Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to Include Tularosa Downwinders, Post-1971 Uranium Workers

Senators’ bipartisan bill would expand populations receiving compensation U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced yesterday that they have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on their work to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to expand compensation for victims of radiation exposure in New Mexico as well as several

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Democratic Party of New Mexico Announces New Executive Director

Hire begins building much needed ties between Border States Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Haaland announced DPNM’s new Executive Director Monday morning. Joe Kabourek, an attorney and top-level staffer from Colorado has been called on to lead the Dem’s into the crucial 2016 election cycle. “I look forward to working with Democrats across New Mexico to

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