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  • Rep. Luján secures 1,500 new books for La Farge Branch Library

    The popular La Farge Branch Library was one of the many communitywide casualties of the late July floods, with thousands of books soaked and destroyed as the extraordinary rain event pummeled through the roof.
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  • A push for NM to lead the nation in health care with Medicaid buy-in option

    Althea Yazzie, from McKinley County, said it was a slow build toward her support of Medicaid buy-in. But when her grandson was born premature and her son and his wife were stuck with an unexpectedly large bill, she started advocating for the option, which would allow people to pay a premium, like for private insurance, to buy into Medicaid or a Medicaid-like program.
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  • Working to overcome digital divide

    This year the San Felipe Pueblo library was connected – finally – to broadband. It's hard to overstate the impact access to high-speed internet has had on this traditional tribal community in the dry hills of Sandoval County.
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  • Flood damages about 2,000 books at Santa Fe library

    A flood, after monsoon rain, destroyed thousands of books at the La Farge Branch Library in Santa Fe. "The night of the storm we had a roof leak. And it was like a waterfall against this back wall," Library Director Kathryn Spangle explained.
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  • NM looks to lead the nation in health care with Medicaid buy-in option

    Althea Yazzie, from McKinley County, said it was a slow build toward her support of Medicaid buy-in. But when her grandson was born premature and her son and his wife were stuck with an unexpectedly large bill, she started advocating for the option. That option would allow people to pay a premium, like for private insurance, to buy into Medicaid or a Medicaid-like program.
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  • Korean war vet's heroic story ‘worth learning'

    The story of the Korean War's "one-man army" began in 1932 in the tiny northwestern New Mexican town of Cabezón. Roy Tachias, 86, was born there on Jan. 25 of that year, the oldest of 10 children.
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  • Santa Fe schools tapped for 'rolling study halls' program

    Google is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Schools district to give students with long commutes the ability to ride buses outfitted with Wi-Fi and an onboard tutor.
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  • Luján gets demo of school district's new ‘rolling study halls' program

    Democratic U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, who is hoping to narrow a digital divide by helping U.S. schools fund Wi-Fi service on school buses, and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel got a demonstration Friday of a new Rolling Study Halls program at Santa Fe Public Schools.
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  • Op-Ed: Health care a right, not a privilege

    New Mexico has suffered tremendously from the opioid epidemic. This is not a new problem. Earlier this year, the New York Times wrote about how one of the most distressing truths of America's opioid epidemic is that it has already lasted for 150 years. For more than a century, this crisis has been breaking communities.
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  • Op-Ed: Trump shows true colors with immigration policy

    I recently visited two facilities in Brownsville, Texas, where immigrant children are currently being detained. What I found there was heartbreaking. Among the thousands of children being held in Texas, I met Roger and Lea. Both babies are under a year old and were separated from their families over a month ago.
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  • Luján visits migrant kids detained in Texas

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján traveled from Washington, D.C., to Brownsville, Texas, near the Mexican border, on Monday to check on migrant children being housed in government shelters. Luján said what he saw disturbed him, even though the staff seemed compassionate.
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  • Democrat urges Trump to 'pick up the phone' and end family separation

    Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, democrat from New Mexico and chairman of the DCCC, reacts to news of family migrant separation and the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance policy': "If the President is truly in charge, there's nothing that stops him from picking up the phone and demanding this stop immediately," adding, "If the President is not in charge maybe he should check in with Steve Bannon or Stephen Miller and ask them."
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  • Democratic lawmakers call on Trump to visit detention centers

    Democratic Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Joaquin Castro on Monday called on President Donald Trump to visit the South Texas border and witness the separation between immigrant parents and children. "Mr. President, if you really are in charge, pick up the phone and stop this," Luján told reporters in Brownsville, Texas. "The President should come visit these children."
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  • Lawmakers request meeting with Amtrak CEO over funding for route

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday asked for a meeting with Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson over the company's plans to deny funding for its Southwest Chief route pending additional financial investments.
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  • NM senator, reps fight back on ‘pits' plan

    Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation are fighting back against the Trump administration's recent decision to make most of the nation's plutonium "pits" – the cores of nuclear weapons – in South Carolina instead of at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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  • Bill From Reps. Luján, Fleischmann And Sens. Coons, Risch Supports Small Business Innovation

    U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) and U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and James Risch (R-ID) Wednesday introduced the Promoting Small Business Innovation through Partnerships with National Labs Act, which allows small businesses to gain access to premier facilities at the national labs, spurring innovation and stimulating the culture of private-public collaboration.
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  • Luján Questions Pruitt Further In Light Of New EPA Scandal Details

    Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting more information about his travel practices.
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  • Luján Advances Four Bills To Address Opioid Crisis

    Four bills authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) aimed at addressing the on-going opioid crisis were passed unanimously by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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  • N.M. Democrats Introduce Bill To Help Farmers In Underserved Communities

    Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujánintroduced bicameral legislation to improve access to assistance for certain groups of farmers. The Assist Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Act of 2018 would reauthorize, strengthen, and improve the Outreach to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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  • New Mexico School for the Arts wins 2018 Congressional Art Competition

    Carolina Trujillo does not know where she comes from. She knows, of course, that she was born in Las Vegas, N.M., and that her family has ties to that region going back decades, if not centuries. It is an area founded with the benefit of a Mexican land grant in the 1830s, a town that became a key stopover point along The Santa Fe Trail, a railroad town and a temporary home for famous outlaws and gunmen when the West really was wild.
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  • Walden panel advances 25 bills to fight opioid crisis

    Continuing his efforts to put forth concrete solutions to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon and throughout the country, a House panel chaired by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., advanced more than two-dozen pieces of legislation Wednesday to address the nationwide scourge.
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  • Luján Visits Sandia; Discusses Workforce Training

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories to meet with employees and discuss issues of interest to the labs. The Congressman toured the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Complex and the Neutron Generator Laboratory. Sandia personnel also briefed Luján on the laboratory's workforce needs.
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  • U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Questions EPA Administrator

    During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján questioned Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about his travel, his failure to visit low-income communities and communities of color, and whether he will take responsibility for the many scandals at the EPA.
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  • Rep. Luján pushes wilderness in national monument

    Just one day after taking a stroll along the river in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to celebrate its fifth anniversary, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján introduced a bill to create more than 21,000 acres of wilderness within the monument.
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  • Zuckerberg Faces Intense Questioning Before House Panel

    On his second and final day of testimony on Capitol Hill, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg encountered far less good cheer from lawmakers Wednesday as they subjected him to intense questioning over security breaches and even about drug sales occurring on the platform.
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  • House Passes Biggs/Luján Legislation To Ensure Tribal Communities Have Full Access To AMBER Alert System

    Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, bipartisan legislation that was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ). The bill provides funding and other support for expanding the AMBER Alert system to provide full access for those on Tribal lands. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
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  • U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Cosponsors Legislation To Preserve A Free And Open Internet

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced that he cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to preserve a free and open Internet and overturn the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) recent action to repeal existing net neutrality protections.
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  • Luján Hosts Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) hosted a Medicaid Buy-In Roundtable Tuesday between representatives from the New Mexico State Legislature and some of the most prominent healthcare policy experts in the country.
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  • Office Locations

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    Washington DC 2231 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C, 20515
    Ph: (202) 225-6190
    Fax: (202) 226-1528
    Santa Fe Office 1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Ph: (505) 984-8950
    Fax: (505) 986-5047
    Rio Rancho Office 3200 Civic Center NE Suite 330
    Rio Rancho, NM 87144
    Ph: (505) 994-0499
    Fax: (505) 994-0550
    Farmington Office 800 Municipal Dr.
    Farmington, NM 87401
    Ph: (505) 324-1005
    Fax: (505) 324-1026
    Gallup Office 110 West Aztec Avenue
    Gallup, NM 87301
    Ph: (505) 863-0582
    Fax: (505) 863-0678
    Las Vegas Office PO Box 1368
    903 University Ave.
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    Ph: (505) 454-3038
    Fax: (505) 454-3265
    Tucumcari Office 404 W. Route 66 Blvd.
    Tucumcari, NM 88401
    Ph: (575) 461-3029
    Fax: (575) 461-3192


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