Non-Local News Releases

This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Washington, DC (February 6, 2018) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1892, Furthering Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, providing full-year funding for the Department of Defense along with a 2.4% pay raise for our troops:

Albuquerque, N.M. – On Tuesday, February 6, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich filed nominating paperwork with the New Mexico Secretary of State to run for re-election to the United States Senate with support from all of New Mexico’s 33 counties.

Mifflintown, PA, January 24, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 65 senators calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. In New Mexico, community health centers provide health care to over 300,000 people.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans about IRS tax scams. Last week, a new tax season started with the IRS accepting 2017 tax returns. Already, consumer advocates at the offices of Attorney General Hector Balderas have noted an uptick in the number of complaints about phony IRS agents who threaten consumers with jail time for phony tax debts.

"The IRS does not call you and does not email you about tax debts," Attorney General Balderas warned. "The IRS gives formal written notice through postal mail to persons it identifies as having tax consequences. Anyone who calls or emails you pretending to represent the IRS is likely a crook and a thief. This is so even if they offer you their 'IRS badge number', even if their caller I.D. has an 'IRS' in the identification block, and even if they send emails that look like real IRS correspondence."

IRS scam callers may threaten you for non-payment. They often demand that you give them a credit or debit card, wire them money or purchase a prepaid debit card right away in order to avoid immediate arrest or deportation. This is a sure sign they are out to cheat you.

If you are worried that the IRS thinks you owe money on your taxes, call the IRS yourself at 800-829-1040 or go to the IRS website yourself at www.irs.gov to check.

The Attorney General is providing a list of contacts for people who want to take action to help stop these IRS scam calls or emails:

The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas offers advocates to help consumers who encounter scams, faulty products and broken promises. The Attorney General advises those who need help to fill out a consumer complaint form on his website at www.nmag.gov or to call 717-3500 in Albuquerque or 490-4060 in Santa Fe and toll-free statewide 1-844-255-9210.

steve pearce rsSANTA FE, N.M. - Today Congressman Steve Pearce filed his nominating petitions, signed by thousands of New Mexican voters, to run as the Republican Candidate for Governor of New Mexico.

“I want to sincerely thank each and every one of the countless volunteers who took the time to sign our petition forms and to collect signatures from their friends, families, and neighbors,” Congressman Pearce said. “Together we are going to ensure that New Mexico - our state we all love so much - is a place where every child has a future, and our families have the security required to follow their dreams. There is much work to be done to fix our education system, fight crime, tackle poverty, and create jobs - and I am grateful to have such widespread support in our efforts."

To learn more visit: www.pearcefornm.com .

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) marked the 25th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by cosponsoring the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, that would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program.

 Washington, D.C., February 5, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded President Donald J. Trump’s intent to appoint Kenneth Johnson to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utility Service Administrator. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:

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