Ben In The News

August 09, 2018

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. Helping hands have emerged, some from high places. "We got the most pleasurable phone call from his office," said Pat Hodapp, city library director. The Library of Congress will make the books available through its surplus books program at Luján's request, the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2018

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. Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a memorial authorizing a study into the viability of Medicaid buy-in for the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2018

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. For many residents of the reservation, they can head online for the first time to learn, connect with loved ones, grow their businesses and search for jobs. Libraries have indeed become a prime location for the new digital town square. For students, this is … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

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. She says the water destroyed more than 2,000 children's books and soaked the carpet and wooden shelves. In total, she says the flood caused about $37,000 worth of damage. Spangle says Congressman Ben Ray Lujan is trying to replace the books … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

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. Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a memorial authorizing a study into the viability of Medicaid buy-in for … Continue Reading


July 28, 2018

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. Their home had an earthen floor and no electricity or indoor plumbing. The family moved to Bernalillo while Tachias was still young. When he was 16, Tachias hitchhiked to Albuquerque to enlist in the United States Army and was posted in Japan at just 17 years old. But when the U.S. … Continue Reading


July 02, 2018

Santa Fe schools tapped for 'rolling study halls' program

KOB: June 30, 2018 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. Democratic U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel got a demonstration Friday of the "Rolling Study Halls" program. Students participated in a coding activity during the bus ride. Then, the school district hosted a discussion with Lujan and … Continue Reading


July 02, 2018

Luján gets demo of school district's new ‘rolling study halls' program

Santa Fe New Mexican: June 30, 2018Democratic 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.Google is partnering with the Santa Fe school district to give students with long commutes the ability to ride buses outfitted with Wi-Fi and an onboard … Continue Reading


July 02, 2018

Op-Ed: Health care a right, not a privilege

Santa Fe New Mexican: June 30, 2018New 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.This certainly isn't a new problem in New Mexico. Five-hundred-and-one New Mexicans died of drug overdoses in 2015.There were 52,404 deaths … Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Op-Ed: Trump shows true colors with immigration policy

Albuquerque Journal: June 24, 2018I 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.Let me be clear - President Trump caused this problem, and President Trump has not fixed it. The president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Democratic lawmakers call on Trump to visit detention centers

CNN: June 18, 2018Brownsville, Texas (CNN)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."Castro, of Texas, echoed the New Mexico lawmaker's … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Luján visits migrant kids detained in Texas

Albuquerque Journal: June 20, 2018U.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.The New Mexico Democrat told the Journal on Tuesday that he and a delegation of congressional members from several states visited the Casa Padre and Casa Presidente shelters in Brownsville. … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Cosponsors Legislation To Preserve A Free And Open Internet

Los Alamos Daily Post: March 3, 2018 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."A free and open Internet is essential to a free and open society, which is why we must protect net neutrality," Luján said. "The Internet has revolutionized the way we do business, … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Zuckerberg Faces Intense Questioning Before House Panel

Courthouse News Service: April 11, 2018On 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.Zuckerberg, whose appearance was not subpoenaed, came before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday after running a near six hour long gauntlet of questions about Cambridge Analytica a … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Rep. Luján pushes wilderness in national monument

The Taos News: April 26, 2018Just 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."It's always tough with a public lands piece of legislation under a Republican president," Luján told The Taos News Monday (April 23) during his visit to the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Questions EPA Administrator

Los Alamos Daily Post: April 29, 2018During 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.Watch the video of Rep. Luján's exchange with Pruitt here.Transcript: Luján Administrator Pruitt, you seem to view … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Walden panel advances 25 bills to fight opioid crisis

KTVZ: May 9, 2018Continuing 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.The House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Walden serves as chairman, approved 25 pieces of legislation to combat the opioid crisis, which will now receive a vote in the full House, according to a news release … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

New Mexico School for the Arts wins 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Santa Fe New Mexican: May 13, 2018Carolina 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.But her place in all of that … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

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July 26, 2012

Bill From Reps. Luján, Fleischmann And Sens. Coons, Risch Supports Small Business Innovation

Los Alamos Daily Post: May 18, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. ? 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.Small businesses are the … Continue Reading

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