Press Releases

November 13, 2019

Luján Introduces Legislation to Improve Diagnostic Research and Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to bolster diagnostic research in medicine and improve patient outcomes. The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act makes critical investments to advance research and progress in diagnostic quality, safety, and value in health care. In the United States, diagnostic errors result in between 40,000 and 80,000 preventable … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Luján, Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Support Student Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities. The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage - ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work. Full time or 3/4-time students who … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Luján Honors Veterans in District Events

Washington, D.C. - Over the weekend, 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 our nation's veterans. At a ceremony in Taos on Saturday, Congressman Luján presented more than 40 local veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor their service to our country. The pinning ceremony was part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Luján Statement Recognizing Veterans Day

Santa Fe, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "This Veterans Day, we honor the proud tradition of service and the veterans who sacrificed for our nation's security. From the Navajo Code Talkers to New Mexicans who endured the Bataan Death March in World War II, New Mexicans have always answered our nation's call to service. "One of our most important obligations as public servants must be to … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Luján Announces Campaign Finance Reform Package to Bolster Transparency in Elections

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Peter Welch (D-VT), announced that they will reintroduce a campaign finance reform package this week to bolster transparency and accountability in elections. The legislation is being introduced one year ahead of the 2020 elections. This package would hold special interests accountable and ensure transparency in political advertising. … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Members of Congress Call for Investigation After ICE Deletes Video Needed to Investigate the Death of Roxsana Hernandez

WASHINGTON- Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Committee Chairs and the New Mexico Delegation called on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to launch an investigation into the actions of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) with regard to the treatment of Roxsana Hernandez and ICE's failure to preserve video evidence that may have been crucial to her family seeking justice. Roxsana, a trans woman from Honduras, died just weeks after arriving in the United … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon. Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce USDA Grants for Native Americans, Veterans for Agricultural Training and Support

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Not Forgotten Outreach organization $200,766 to train veterans in agricultural practices to support their transition from military to civilian life. The USDA also awarded the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) $224,412 for outreach programs to improve access to USDA tribal grant … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Grants to Airports Across New Mexico For Infrastructure Improvements

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 $7 million in grants to airports across New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Las Cruces International Airport, Portales Municipal Airport and Lea County Regional Airport, to fund infrastructural improvements. "New … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Luján Honors 75 Vietnam War Veterans

Washington, D.C. - On Saturday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented 75 local Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin - a commendation of our nation's lasting gratitude to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War - in a ceremony held at the Gallup Cultural Center. At the ceremony, Congressman Luján presented the veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor and thank them for their service to our … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

SENATORS DURBIN, WYDEN, HIRONO, ROSEN AND ASSISTANT SPEAKER LUJÁN STAND WITH DACA SCOTUS PLAINTIFFS AND IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT DREAMERS

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Assistant Speaker and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Member Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03), joined plaintiffs in the upcoming DACA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and immigration advocates to call on Congress to pass legislation that would offer permanent protection from … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Luján Statement on Passing of Elijah Cummings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the passing of Elijah Cummings: "The death of Elijah Cummings is a devastating loss for our democracy, the Congress, and the people of Maryland. Elijah was a statesman - a man who epitomized what it means to serve honorably and with purpose. Though he rose to great heights and took the challenge of defending our country on with grace and tenacity, Elijah always thought first of his … Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Humanitarian Assistance Awards for New Mexico Organizations, Communities

WASHINGTON - 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.) announced the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has begun awarding the first wave of Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) to organizations and localities in Bernalillo County, Doña Ana County, and Luna County. In June, the lawmakers secured … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory on Congressional Delegation Tour

Los Alamos, N.M. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico's national labs. Congressmen Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy's Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty. As Co-Chair of the … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Luján Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, addressed staff members at Los Alamos National Laboratory to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans and Latinos in science, technology, and engineering. An excerpt from Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I'm especially humbled to have an opportunity to … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing on the Legacy of Uranium Mining in New Mexico and Indian Country

Additional photos available HERE, HERE and HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing entitled "America's Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country" at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, N.M. Udall was joined by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.). The … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Assistant Speaker Luján and Senator Warren Announce Plan to Reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they will reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when the success of American corporations translated into success for American workers. The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last 30 years that have led to record corporate profits, productivity, and CEO pay, … Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Luján Receives Prestigious Ohtli Award

Albuquerque, N.M. - Last night, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, received the Ohtli Award at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention in Albuquerque. The award - presented by Consul General of Mexico Norma Ang Sánchez - recognizes leaders who've made significant contributions to the Mexican community in the United States. "I'm extremely humbled to receive the Ohtli Award - a recognition of my work to uplift Hispanic … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant to Taos for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Development

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 that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program. $9 million was awarded in total to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Calls on Forest Service to Act Swiftly to AllowNew Mexicans to Resume Use of National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law and allow the resumption of traditional forest activities on national forests in New Mexico. "We write regarding the reported impacts of the recent pause of several forest activities on national forests in New … Continue Reading

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