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President Obama Signs a New Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming.” Those were President Obama’s words to the audience in the East Room of the White House this morning, before he signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. At the signing,

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Congressman Ben Ray Luján Introduces Legislation to Promote Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has introduced legislation that will promote energy savings through increased efficiency standards and increased investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and biomass.  The American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act, introduced by Luján and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont – both members of

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Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits. This week,

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MSNBC Chuck Todd Names 2 “Rising Stars” in New Mexico

MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd announced his 2 choices for “rising stars” in New Mexico—Democratic SOS nominee Maggie Toulouse-Oliver and State Senator Jacob Candelaria. “This is great news! New Mexicans already know that Maggie is one of the best county clerks in the state and will make an incredible Secretary of State. Jacob has made a

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Congressman Ben Ray Luján Signs on to Constitutional Amendment to Limit Money in Politics

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that he has joined in an effort to limit money in politics by introducing an amendment to the United States Constitution.  The constitutional amendment would overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC in an effort to reduce the

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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Addresses Central American Refugee Crisis

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor yesterday on the current Central American refugee crisis. Last week, he joined U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of the temporary facility for undocumented parents and their children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center campus in Artesia,

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Senator Tom Udall Stands up for New Mexico Women’s Access to Health Care

Disappointed GOP sided with corporations to filibuster women’s health care: ‘Not My Boss’s Business Act deserves debate’ Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall expressed his disappointment after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to restore women’s access to contraceptive health care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby

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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces $15 Million in Federal Grants

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) has announced that five federal grants totaling more than $15 million have been awarded to fund several initiatives in New Mexico’s 1stCongressional District. These grants from the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Endowment for the Arts will support innovations in healthcare, education, and the arts. “I’m

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Senator Heinrich Continues Fight For Wildfire Funding Reform

During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) continued to push to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires. The committee considered the Administration’s wildfire preparedness and forest service 2015 fiscal

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Senators Udall, Heinrich Praise Confirmation of N.M.’s Norman C. Bay to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting to confirm Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Bay has served as the Director of the Office of

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