Press Releases

June 13, 2019

Luján to Address Next Generation Water Summit

Santa Fe, N.M. - Tomorrow, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will address the third annual Next Generation Water Summit to discuss initiatives to promote water conservation and address the climate crisis. WHEN: TOMORROW, June 14 at 8:15 a.m. MT WHERE: Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe. Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Over $13.8 Million for Construction and Maintenance Projects to Improve 16 Local Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $13,810,189 in federal funding for construction and maintenance projects at 16 New Mexico airports. The funding will support critical rehabilitation, construction, and maintenance projects to repair and improve local airports across New Mexico. … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Luján Announces Legislation to Bolster Workforce Development and Employment Opportunities in New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), and U.S. Representatives Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Bill Foster (D-IL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Conor Lamb (D-PA), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster workforce development and employment in the technology sector. The Department of Energy National … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Luján to Announce Legislation to Bolster Workforce Development and Employment Opportunities in New Mexico

Santa Fe, N.M. - Tomorrow, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will announce bipartisan legislation to bolster workforce development and employment in the technology sector alongside community leaders. WHEN: TOMORROW, June 6 at 10 a.m. MT WHERE: FUSE Makerspace, 101 Broadway NE, Albuquerque. Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Luján Statement on Vote to Protect DREAMers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act: "This a momentous day for DREAMers, their families, and all individuals who celebrate the beauty of diversity in America. Months after President Trump cruelly forced these young men and women into chaos, House Democrats have fought to bring stability and certainty to thousands of individuals across New Mexico and the country who are … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Luján Announces Support for Medicare for All

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined 112 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act. "Since my very first days in Congress, I've strongly held the belief that health care is a fundamental right for all, not a privilege for a few. No individual should ever be denied care or worry about costs when sick. But, for far too many Americans today, that is not the reality. Despite … Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in order to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, comes through the Rural … Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

Luján Address to New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperatives Association

Bernalillo, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, addressed the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association at their annual meeting. Congressman Luján spoke on the importance of investing in a robust infrastructure plan that creates good-paying jobs, protects our communities, and uplifts rural America. An excerpt from Luján's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: My grandfather, dad, and brother were all union … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Luján Statement on Passing of Senator John Pinto

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of New Mexico Senator John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker and one of the longest-serving state legislators in the country: "Senator John Pinto was the epitome of a statesman and he will be remembered for serving New Mexico, Indian Country, and the United States with unparalleled fierceness. An American hero, Senator Pinto helped create peace as a … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Congressmen Luján and Biggs Recognize National Missing Children’s Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and U.S. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced H. Res. 394 - Recognizing the 36th Anniversary of National Missing Children's Day, which falls on May 25. This resolution comes just after the one-year anniversary of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act being signed into law. This legislation was championed by the late Senator John McCain and Representatives Biggs and Luján. Congressman Biggs, … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Luján Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the House Passage of the 19th Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment: "A century ago, the United States took a critical step forward in women's equality with the House passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Suffragettes waged a hard-fought campaign to secure their rightful and equal voice in our democracy and we owe deep gratitude to these women for their … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Luján Statement on Ending Discrimination for LGBTQ Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivered the following floor speech ahead of the passage of the Equality Act: Mr. Speaker: I rise today in support of the Equality Act, because equality and fairness are core American values. But right now, fairness is not codified in our justice system. It is long past time to end discrimination. When half of Americans live in a state without legal protections for LGBTQ individuals - that is not equality. … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Luján Statement on Strengthening Health Care for American Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act: "Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won't waver in the Trump administration's efforts … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Luján Statement on President Trump’s Reckless Immigration Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on President Trump's reckless immigration proposal: "Individuals immigrating to the United States are seeking the American dream - and for some, safety and security. The Trump administration has not worked in good faith with Congress to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. Instead, President Trump is playing politics with people's lives, while rehashing the most inhumane policies … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Luján, House Democrats Introduce Infrastructure Package to Combat Climate Change, Expand Broadband Access and Protect Public Health

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, including U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), introduced a sweeping infrastructure package, the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow's America Act, that will rebuild America by making investments to expand broadband access and protect public health and the environment. Critically, the infrastructure package includes Congressman Luján's Broadband Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Intel to Bring 300 New Jobs to Third Congressional District

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, commended Intel on plans to expand their workforce with 300 new, high-paying manufacturing jobs at their plant in Rio Rancho in New Mexico's Third Congressional District. "I'm excited to see Intel continue to grow and bring new, exciting opportunities to Rio Rancho and central New Mexico. We have the potential of being global leaders in computer technologies and innovation, and Intel is a critical partner … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Leading Democrats Introduce Legislation to Cut Methane Pollution, Combat Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) today introduced the Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019, presenting a Democratic approach to reducing toxic and climate-warming emissions from oil and gas operations by restoring methane waste rules President Trump canceled and moved to weaken in September 2018. The bill's original cosponsors include Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Natural Resources Committee … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Luján Statement on Passing of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr.

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, released the following statement on the passing of Fleming Begaye Sr., a Navajo Code Talker: "It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Fleming Begaye Sr., one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers and a brave warrior who served the United States gallantly. The Navajo Code Talkers were an integral part of the U.S. successes in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and their … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Luján, Udall, Haaland Introduce Comprehensive CARE Act to Combat the Opioid and Substance Use Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in introducing the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, the most ambitious legislation ever introduced in Congress to confront the opioid and substance use epidemic. Endorsed by over 200 organizations, the CARE Act would … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján Introduce Legislation to Establish Federal Clean Energy Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced the Clean Energy Standard of Act of 2019, which would establish a federal Clean Energy Standard (CES), to put our nation on course to achieve net-zero emissions from the electric sector by midcentury to fight climate change. Sen. Smith and Rep. Luján said the science is clear-tackling the climate crisis requires serious and … Continue Reading

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