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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2017) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing their concern with recent reports that DHS has rejected renewal requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were received after the application deadline due to U.S. Postal Service processing delays and called on the department to take immediate action to reverse this decision. A similar letter in the House led by U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (TX-16) will be sent to DHS later today.
In the letter, the Senators urged DHS to allow individuals whose DACA renewal applications were rejected because they were received after the October 5, 2017, deadline to resubmit their applications and notify such applicants of this opportunity.
Albuquerque, N.M. – New Mexico ranchers are invited to meet with Mexican cattle buyers from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at the Albuquerque Crowne Plaza, located at 1901 University Blvd. NE. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is hosting the meeting in the International Room for attendees of the annual Joint Stockmen's Convention, which is Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3.
Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
"The National Flood Insurance Program was created to better protect homeowners and businesses in high-risk flood zones because the private market simply wasn't able to do it. Unfortunately, after 50 years, this program has become financially unstable and is in desperate need of reform. Most importantly, today's bill reduces the cost of insurance for residents in low-risk areas like the ones in our New Mexico communities. To do so, this legislation modernizes aspects of the NFIP to more accurately map flood risk, requires FEMA to oversee the financial health of the program, and enables private insurance providers to offer coverage. The ultimate goal is to create a competitive marketplace so private insurance providers can offer consumers coverage at more affordable rates."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham voted today to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions that are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
The defense policy bill includes critical funding for military bases and national laboratories, including 2.4-percent pay increases for service members. The bill also prohibits the Department of Defense from conducting an additional round of BRAC next year, which means there will be no consideration of military base closures.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) — Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee to protect New Mexicans' constitutional due process rights by defunding the practice of seizing – without a hearing – property that law enforcement believes is connected to a crime. The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, violates due process protections outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the lawmakers wrote to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.
The state of New Mexico abolished civil asset forfeiture in 2015. The same year, the federal government moved to restrict the practice. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed course in July. Sessions' order empowers federal law enforcement to "adopt" civil asset forfeiture cases, allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to circumvent the law in New Mexico and other states.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement welcoming the Los Lunas Facebook data center representing more than a $1 billion total investment in New Mexico:
"I'm excited to welcome Facebook's continued investment in New Mexico and am proud to have helped secure this new partnership in our state's future. The latest expansion of the Los Lunas Facebook data center will strengthen our economy and invests in New Mexico's growing clean energy industry."
Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
"The NDAA is by far one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes before Congress each year. It authorizes crucial training, equipment, and resources our nation's military relies upon to complete its mission. This year's bill places a special focus on modernizing our military forces so our nation is ready to take on tomorrow's threats.
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