Press Releases

May 25, 2020

Luján Statement in Recognition of Memorial Day

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day: "New Mexicans have a long, proud tradition of serving in our Armed Forces. Throughout our history, New Mexicans of all backgrounds have answered the call of duty to serve our country honorably and selflessly. "Today, we honor all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. Although we cannot mark this Memorial Day in … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Luján Statement on Chaco Canyon Public Comment Extension

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's announcement directing the Bureau of Land Management to extend the public comment on Farmington Mancos-Gallup Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement. The extended public comment period will allow for greater participation on issues surrounding the Chaco Culture National Historical Park and … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Luján Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced this week that Kira Medina, a student from Raton, is the winner of the New Mexico Third Congressional District's 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The theme of this year's Congressional Art Competition was "Art Overcomes" to showcase the resilience and strength of communities across New Mexico during the current public health crisis. Medina's "Raising New Mexico" artwork is attached … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Heroes Act to Further Address Public Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the passage of the Heroes Act - critical relief legislation to bolster our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, support workers, and provide much-needed aid to local, state, and Tribal governments: "Across the nation, Americans are looking to Congress for urgent action to address the COVID-19 pandemic as cases continue to rise and working families struggle to make ends … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $5.5 Million in Housing Assistance Grants for Communities Across New Mexico

WASHINGTON-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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted public housing authorities across the state more than $5.5 million for Community Development Block Grants to increase access to affordable housing in New Mexico as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Luján Questions Witnesses on Trump Administration’s Failed Response to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) participated in an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on how the Trump administration ignored repeated warnings from the medical and scientific community on the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic - including Personal Protective Equipment shortages. Assistant Speaker Luján questioned Dr. Richard Bright, the former Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $77 Million for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

First wave of funding is part of the $25 billion national testing fund that the New Mexico delegation supported to help stop the pandemic and enable safe and sustainable reopening of economic and social activities Funding arrives as the State of New Mexico, a national leader in per capita COVID-19 testing, is expanding testing availability for New Mexicans free of charge WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

NM Delegation Announces $6.6 Million in Grants to 16 Community Health Centers for COVID-19 Relief and Testing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $6,626,899 to 16 New Mexico community health centers, Tribal health centers and Urban Indian Organizations to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and procure medical supplies. The funding will be used to acquire additional personal protective … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Luján Statement Calling for Urgent Action Following Record High Unemployment

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the record high 14.7 percent unemployment rate and 20.5 million jobs lost in April: "Our nation is currently experiencing the highest rate of unemployment since the Great Depression. This urgent crisis requires bold action from the federal government to support working families and small businesses through this crisis and set us on a path toward economic recovery. House Democrats … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $23 Million in Grants to Connect Over 2,200 Homes in Rural New Mexico to Broadband Internet

WASHINGTON-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.)applauded $23 million in rural broadband grants to communities across New Mexico from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grants are part of the first wave of ReConnect pilot program funding increased by Congress in the CARES Act to improve rural broadband access for unserved and underserved … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Luján Holds Local Government Roundtable to Discuss Urgent Need for Additional Relief

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, held a virtual roundtable with local leaders, mayors, and fire chiefs from the Third Congressional District to discuss the urgent need for local government relief in future COVID-19 legislation. Congressman Luján convened the roundtable to answer questions and hear directly from local government leaders on available relief, future COVID-19 relief legislation, and the need for … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

N.M. Delegation Introduces Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would waive FEMA's cost-sharing requirements for emergency work in response to COVID-19 and increase the federal cost-share to 100 percent for Indian Tribal governments WASHINGTON (May 7, 2020) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich led the New Mexico delegation, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, in introducing the bipartisan Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $114 Million to 160 Rural Health Care Providers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-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 160 rural health care providers in New Mexico received over $114 million in federal funding to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and account for lost revenue that has stretched the resources of rural health providers in New Mexico and across the country. The $114,184,099 in … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Luján Statement on Reports that White House Coronavirus Task Force Might Shut Down

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on reports that the Trump administration is considering shutting down the White House Coronavirus Task Force as soon as the end of May: "It is the height of recklessness that the Trump administration is considering shutting down the White House Coronavirus Task Force as COVID-19 deaths and positive cases continue to rise. The administration's delayed response to the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $1.6 Million in Grants to New Mexico Public Housing Authorities for Rental Assistance

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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,621,186 to public housing authorities in 14 counties across New Mexico for rental assistance for families, individuals, and owners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $4 Million in Federal Grants for Airports Across the State

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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $4 million in grants to seven regional airports across the state for construction and maintenance projects. The airports receiving the $4,194,551 in funds are Grant County Airport, Four Corners Regional Airport, Reserve Airport in … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Luján, Members of Congress, and Local Government Leaders Hold Forum on COVID-19 Relief for Local Governments

Nambé, N.M. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) participated in an online forum with a bipartisan group of Members of Congress and representatives from the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities on the need to provide direct relief to local governments in future COVID-19 legislation. Assistant Speaker Luján, along with U.S. Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), and Joe Neguse (D-CO), previously … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Luján, Peters Push for Increased Investment in Broadband Infrastructure to Bolster COVID-19 Response Efforts in Historically Underserved Communities

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for increased investments in rural broadband infrastructure to support COVID-19 response efforts in historically underserved communities. Many health care centers, schools and small businesses in rural and tribal communities across the country have had difficulties carrying … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Luján Broadband Initiatives Included in House Democrats’ Plan to Connect All Americans to Affordable Internet

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, secured critical broadband initiatives in House Democrats' plan to connect all Americans to affordable broadband internet and bridge the digital divide as part of a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This broadband package announced today builds on House Democrats' Moving America Forward Framework, which would provide $760 billion in infrastructure and broadband investments. In New … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

MAY 4-7: NM Delegation to Host Virtual Military Service Academy Information Sessions

Congressional delegation will co-host information sessions via Zoom and telephone with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and ROTC programs Beginning MONDAY, May 4 at 6-8 p.m. MT until THURSDAY, May 7 at 6 - 8 p.m. MT, staff for 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.) … Continue Reading

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