Press Releases

February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Applaud Inclusion of Funding in Spending Package for Monitoring Programs in Response to Gold King Mine Spill

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Fiscal Year 2019 spending package passed by Congress on February 14 includes funding for long-term water quality monitoring of the Animas River in response to the Gold King Mine Spill. "When an EPA cleanup job spilled three million gallons of toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas and San Juan rivers, it upended the lives and livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, and … Continue Reading

February 15, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Additional $50 Million to Keep Southwest Chief on Track

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that their bipartisan measure to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) appropriations bill. The Udall-Heinrich-Luján measure … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Luján Statement on Government Funding Agreement

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) joined the House in voting for an agreement to fund the government through September 2019. Luján also responded to reports that President Trump will declare a national emergency to build his wall at the southern border: "While the spending deal we voted on today was not what Democrats would have written on our own, it contains several Democratic border security priorities and prevents a second destructive Trump shutdown. The package … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Luján, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation To Create Public Health Care Option

U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) reintroduced the State Public Option Act, bicameral legislation to create a Medicaid-based public health care option to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance. "Democrats are hard at work developing solutions to strengthen the ACA, expand health coverage, and drive down health care costs for the American … Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Luján Joins Legislation to Provide Stable Federal Funding for Essential Tribal Services

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) released the following statement on the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (IPAAA) and the Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2019, both for which he is an original cosponsor. The two pieces of legislation authorize advance funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, including the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service. "During the recent 35-day government shutdown, I heard from tribal leaders … Continue Reading

February 11, 2019

Democratic Leadership Statement on Anti-Semitic Comments of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark issued this joint statement condemning anti-Semitic comments made over Twitter by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar: "Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception. "We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand … Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Udall, Haaland Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect America’s National Monuments from Unlawful Attacks

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), led a group of more than 100 Democratic Members of Congress in re-introducing legislation to protect America's treasured national monuments against the Trump administration's relentless attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Luján Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) released the following statement tonight in reaction to President Trump's State of the Union address: "What the American people were expecting to hear tonight was a message of unity, unfortunately the President failed to deliver. It's hard to listen to President Trump tout economic progress after he shut the government down for over a month, causing financial harm to families and billions of dollars in permanent damage to our economy. If the … Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Nearly $2.5 Million for Rail Runner Safety Upgrades

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,496,842 in federal funding to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RTD) to make critical improvements to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express system's Wi-Fi network that will support full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent train accidents and … Continue Reading

February 04, 2019

Luján Announces State of the Union Guest

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) announced that Awn Sian Mung (Mungsan) will be joining him as a guest to this year's State of the Union address, which will be held Tuesday, February 5. "I'm honored to have Mungsan join me for this year's State of the Union address," said Luján. "Mungsan came to this country as a refugee, and is now using his experience to help others who are seeking a better life in New Mexico. His aspirational story shows us what's possible in … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funding to Connect Underserved Youth in NM to Education and Job Opportunities

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,090,258 in funding to two YouthBuild programs in northern New Mexico - $990,258 to HELP New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque and $1,100,000 to YouthWorks in Santa Fe - that work to connect underserved or at-risk young people to educational opportunities, employment, and job training. YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Luján Applauds Introduction of Medicaid Buy-In Legislation in New Mexico90

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) released the following statement on the introduction of HB 416 in New Mexico, which calls on the Health and Human Services Department to create a Medicaid Buy-In program that would be ready for customers in 2021. Congressman Luján introduced federal Medicaid Buy-In legislation, The State Public Option Act, on the federal level with Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) last year, and plans to do so again this Congress. The bicameral … Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Leads Introduction of Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), introduced the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs. The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Luján Statement on Temporary Reopening of Federal Government

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement on the temporary reopening of the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown: "What is most important is that federal workers are going to get paid, services will resume, and local projects can proceed. There was no reason for the American people to suffer for 35 days. To be clear, the President could have accepted a bipartisan, clean Continuing Resolution to prevent a government shutdown back in … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Luján Joins Colleagues to Launch PFAS Task Force

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) joined his colleagues to launch the bipartisan PFAS Task Force, with the goal of bringing PFAS clean-up to the forefront of the congressional agenda. In November of 2018, Cannon Air Force Base informed the New Mexico State Government that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) had been contaminated with PFAS. These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an … Continue Reading

January 19, 2019

Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President's address: "What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President's failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown. "Democrats have been clear from day one. We have passed many … Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

Luján Announces His Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Assignments for the 116th Congress

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced his House Energy & Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress. The Congressman will continue to serve on the Health, and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees, and rejoin the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The Congressman was first appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee in 2012. "Whether it's addressing health disparities, unlocking clean energy innovation, strengthening … Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

With Resources in Jeopardy Due to Shutdown, Lujan Asks USDA to Allow Rural Health Clinic to Continue Construction

Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) wrote to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting the agency allow Pecos Valley Medical Center (PVMC) to withdraw funds in order to continue construction of their much-needed health center expansion. PCVM received a $3.2 million loan from the USDA Rural Development Program to complete the second phase of a building expansion to add, among other things, expanded behavioral and mental health services for … Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

VIDEO: In House Floor Speech, Luján Shares Story of New Mexican Family Impacted by Trump Shutdown

Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján spoke on the House floor to implore Senate Republicans to reopen the federal government for families in New Mexico who are being hurt by the Trump Shutdown. Luján highlighted the story of a constituent whose husband is a furloughed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee and is worried about making ends meet while taking care of a child with special needs. "New Mexicans are working tirelessly to provide for their families," … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Luján Statement on Presidential Address

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján issued the following statement tonight in response to President Trump's address to the nation: "Tonight, the President chose to stoke fear instead of restore certainty for the hundreds of thousands of families who do not know when their next paycheck will come. To govern based on the President's tantrums is a disservice to the American people. We must have a debate about border security and addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by this … Continue Reading

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