Press Releases

March 27, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Package to Support American Families and Workers

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - the third relief package passed by Congress to address the COVID-19 epidemic and support the American worker. "Individuals across the United States are working together to uplift their communities and address this unprecedented public health emergency. I am grateful for the strong leadership that brought forward a bill that invests in our health care … Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Luján Remarks on Third Coronavirus Response Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the third economic relief package to address the COVID-19 pandemic and support American workers. Video of Luján's full speech is available here. Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today in strong support of the legislation before us. We are living in uncertain times. This … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Announces $1.17 Million for 16 Local Community Health Centers on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic Response in New Mexico

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services released over $1.17 million in emergency grants to 16 community health centers, Pueblo health centers and Urban Indian Organizations on the front lines of New Mexico's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1,175,940 in funding, provided … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Luján Broadband Mapping Initiatives Signed Into Law

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, secured key broadband mapping provisions in the bipartisan broadband legislation signed into law today. These initiatives build on Congressman Luján's efforts to bridge the digital divide and bolster broadband infrastructure across New Mexico. "In New Mexico, broadband access is essential for the success of our communities and the health of our economy. In order to effectively deploy … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

N.M. Delegation Urges State Department To Take Immediate Action To Repatriate New Mexicans Abroad Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Department of State to take immediate action to repatriate New Mexicans living, working, and traveling abroad and to provide these same New Mexicans with all necessary medical care while these plans are being executed. "As the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis continues to … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Demands U.S. Department of State Assist New Mexicans Abroad Encountering Difficulty Returning to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - The New Mexico congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small- issued the following statement on reports their offices are receiving that New Mexicans are stranded abroad and not receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of State in returning to the United States. "Our offices have heard directly from New … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

NM Delegation Calls for Federal Government to Provide Medical Protective Equipment to NM from the Strategic National Stockpile

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership release the state of New Mexico's full allotment of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as protective gloves and masks, for health care providers responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Currently, the state of New Mexico … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Small Businesses And Non-Profits Needing Assistance To Consider Newly Available Federal Disaster Loan Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are encouraging small businesses and non-profits needing assistance to consider applying for federal disaster loan assistance after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued economic disaster declarations across the state to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). "Each day we are seeing new challenges from … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Calls On Banks In New Mexico To Temporarily Suspend Foreclosures And Evictions

WASHINGTON - In the wake of unprecedented economic impacts in New Mexico stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Congressional Delegation issued the following statement commending utilities and co-ops throughout New Mexico for temporarily halting nonpayment disconnects and late fees and calling on all banks in the state to temporarily suspend the enforcement of foreclosures and evictions: "During this unprecedented public health crisis, it is critical for each of us to do the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Luján Announces Plans to Self-Quarantine, Despite No Symptoms, Issues Update on Operations of Congressional Offices

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced plans to self-quarantine after a brief interaction with an individual who was at the time asymptomatic but later tested positive for COVID-19. Congressman Luján is exhibiting no symptoms, and health professionals have advised that the congressman is at a low probability for infection. He first learned of the individual's diagnosis Sunday afternoon. Still, out of an abundance … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

NM Delegation Announces over $6 Million from Recent Emergency Coronavirus Bill Going to New Mexico Public Health Organizations in Support of COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to distribute more than $6 million to New Mexico as part of the funding allocated by the bipartisan, bicameral, coronavirus emergency supplemental Appropriations bill to states, localities, territories, and Tribes. New Mexico will … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Luján Statement on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in New Mexico

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the three presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico: "As communities in New Mexico prepare for the impacts of coronavirus, I remain committed to working with state, Tribal, and federal leaders to respond to this public health threat. Last week, Congress passed $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat coronavirus, provide access to critical resources, and … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Luján Kicks Off U.S. Census in Santa Fe County

Santa Fe, N.M. - On Friday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, kicked off Census outreach efforts in Santa Fe County with Chair of the Santa Fe County Complete Count Committee, Commissioner Henry P. Roybal, leaders from our public school systems, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, the U.S. Census Bureau, the activist community, and Governors of the Pueblo Nations. "The U.S. Census determines how the government allocates funding for critical resources like … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Luján Statement on Emergency Funding for Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act - legislation to fully fund a robust national response to coronavirus: "Yesterday, in response to the coronavirus emergency, the House acted to responsibly manage this crisis by passing an $8.3 billion emergency appropriations package that provides vitally-needed resources for our … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear ACA Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to hear the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, which could eliminate pre-existing conditions protections and gut the Affordable Care Act: "For nearly a decade, the Affordable Care Act has been a vital lifeline for millions of Americans. But since entering office, President Trump and Republicans have been determined to undermine Americans' right to health care. This … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Luján Statement on President Trump’s Coronavirus Budget Request

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration's budget proposal to address the coronavirus threat: "The President's budget request will not fix three years of inept leadership that failed to prepare for this global health threat. "We need true leadership to keep our nation secure as the impacts of the coronavirus are already being felt throughout our economy and daily lives. "Unfortunately, key … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Luján Introduces Innovation Package to Spur Growth and Opportunities for New Mexicans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced a package of legislative efforts to spur growth, innovation, and opportunities for New Mexicans. The Innovate to Create package will leverage New Mexico's resources, including national laboratories and public libraries, to combat the brain drain by preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. Additionally, Luján's innovation package supports community solar … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Advisory: Luján and U.S. Census Bureau to Hold Community Briefing and Job Fair

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will hold a community briefing and job fair in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau on Friday, February 21. WHEN: Friday, February 21st at 2 p.m. WHERE: Center for the Arts Building, Northern New Mexico College 921 North Paseo De Onate, Española, N.M. 87532 Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Luján Urges New Mexicans to Participate in 2020 U.S. Census

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, is urging New Mexicans to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census - a critically important count that will have an impact on New Mexico for decades. The 2020 U.S. Census will determine the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funds and political representation for the next decade. According to the New Mexico Statewide Complete Count Commission, an undercount of 1 percent would result in a $780 … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Luján Honors Vietnam Veterans and Families in District Events

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in events across New Mexico's Third Congressional District honoring the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families. At a ceremony in Los Alamos on Saturday, Congressman Luján presented two local veterans - Dennis Fordham and Gregg Lesler - with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor their service to our nation. On Monday, Congressman Luján joined Tribal … Continue Reading

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