Press Releases

January 17, 2020

Luján Statement Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a courageous fighter for justice and equality - and it is his legacy and memory that continues to inspire and call us to action today. Dr. King dreamt of a future free of oppression and discrimination and worked to make that a reality throughout his life. As we honor his legacy and the movement he inspired, we must … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Luján, Members of Congress Call on ICE to End Transgender Migrant Detention

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined more than 40 members of Congress to demand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement release all transgender individuals currently in their facilities and end transgender migrant detention if the agency remains unable to provide humane and quality care. In a letter to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence, Luján, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), House … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

NM Delegation Requests Department of Defense Use New Authority to Reimburse NM Communities Affected by PFAS, Purchase Land, and Provide Clean-Up Solutions, Water Filtration

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.) wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting that the Department of Defense's (DoD) release a plan for next steps to ensure New Mexican communities and dairy farms in close proximity to Cannon Air Force Base receive access to a clean water supply and a reimbursement of incurred filtration expenses. The … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Luján Statement on Protecting Communities from PFAS Contamination

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act: "Every person living in the United States has a right to clean and safe drinking water. I was proud to vote today for comprehensive legislation to address PFAS contamination and protect New Mexicans from these harmful chemicals. Across the country, PFAS contamination threatens public health and the environment - putting … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Luján Statement on USMCA Trade Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the USMCA trade agreement: "The renegotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a marked improvement over NAFTA and the flawed agreement initially put forward by the Trump administration. Democrats worked diligently to strengthen the agreement's labor and environmental protections, pushed to ensure meaningful enforcement, and fought to remove provisions that would have … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Luján: A Year in Service to New Mexico’s Third Congressional District

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), the U.S. House Assistance Speaker, secured $5.7 million in federal benefits for constituents in 2019 and assisted more than 1,000 individuals living in New Mexico's Third Congressional District through the office's casework services. This year, Congressman Luján introduced 27 bills and co-sponsored 375 bills to improve the lives of New Mexicans. Thirteen bills, amendments, or measures written by Luján were passed or … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Luján Statement on Impeachment of President Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of articles of impeachment against President Trump: "No one came to Congress to impeach a president. We came here to solve the mighty issues that impact the lives of the constituents we pledged to serve. "But this moment has found us. The facts are clear, President Trump abused the power of his office for personal gain. "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Luján: No One Came to Congress to Impeach a President

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) spoke on the House floor to hold President Trump accountable for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: Video of Luján's full speech is available here. Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the measure before us. No one here came to Congress to impeach a president. We came here solve the mighty issues that impact the … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Luján Announces Congressional App Challenge Winners

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced that Diana Vasquez, Ytzel Romo-Olivas, and Ruth Calija, all students from across New Mexico's Third Congressional District, are the winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. Vasquez, Romo-Olivas, and Calija's app, "Kids Against Racism (K.A.R.)" helps inform people about the adverse effects of racism in their communities, suggestions on how to combat racism, and resources … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Luján Secures Investments for New Mexico in Government Funding Package

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced that investments to benefit New Mexico were included in the House-passed government funding packages. The 2020 government funding packages include significant victories for the American family, including $25 million to address our nation's gun violence epidemic, nearly $8 billion to ensure a fair and accurate Census count, and $61 billion to repair our nation's crumbling … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Luján Announces Nominations for U.S. Service Academies

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced the nominations of students from New Mexico's Third Congressional District to enter the United States Service Academies. "Our state has a long tradition of serving our nation in all the branches of our military. Having the chance to nominate some of New Mexico's best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year," said … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Luján Initiative to Bolster Broadband Access Passes the House

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, successfully secured key provisions to bolster broadband access in the Broadband DATA Act that passed the House today. The bipartisan Broadband DATA Act directs the Federal Communications Commission to issue new rules that require the improved collection and dissemination of broadband data. The legislation includes Congressman Luján's provisions to: Leverage our nation's postal trucks … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Luján Statement on Lowering Prescription Drug Costs for American Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act: "I often hear from families that the cost of prescription drugs is a burden threatening their economic stability and their health. That is unacceptable. New Mexico families shouldn't have to choose between making ends meet and affording their prescriptions "I am deeply proud that the House passed the Elijah E. … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Luján Statement on Articles of Impeachment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the House of Representatives drafting two articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: "This is a solemn day for our country, but the president's brazen abuse of power demands action. The evidence is uncontested - President Trump put his own political interests ahead of the interests of our country by repeatedly inviting foreign … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Luján Celebrates Legacy of Esther Martinez in Floor Speech Supporting Language Justice Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke on the House floor in support of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to revitalize Native American languages. Video of Luján's full speech is available here. An excerpt from Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Esther Martinez … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Luján, Members of Congress, Advocates Celebrate Passage of Bill to Revitalize Native Languages

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Members of Congress, and advocates celebrate the passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to safeguard and revitalize Native American languages. The bill honors Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away in 2006. It amends existing law to reauthorize two federal Native American … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Praises Passage of Legislation to Safeguard Native Languages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, praised the passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to safeguard and revitalize Native American languages. The bill honors Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Luján Statement on Bill to Protect Voting Access and Help End Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of legislation to protect access to the ballot box and help end voter suppression: "The Supreme Court's reckless decision to gut the Voting Rights Act opened the doors to voter suppression that has continued to disenfranchise communities of color and Native communities. No eligible person should be denied the fundamental right to vote, but we know that efforts to … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Luján Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Moving Forward With Impeachment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The United States Congress has a responsibility to uphold our Constitution and protect this country from irrevocable harm. The American people have heard from firsthand witnesses of President Trump's corruption and seen his abuses of power laid bare. It is now an uncontested fact: The President put his political … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Luján Statement on Ending Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of legislation to end unwanted and illegal robocalls: "Across the United States, scammers are flooding our phonelines and breaking the law with robocalls. These calls are not only a nuisance - they are scams and threats that undermine the trust of consumers. New Mexicans need and deserve more control and transparency over who is calling them, which is … Continue Reading

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