Press Releases

July 10, 2020

Luján Joins Gallup ‘Veterans Helping Veterans’ for Discussion on Health Care, COVID-19 Relief

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in a call with the Gallup 'Veterans Helping Veterans' group to discuss health care access, the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and resources available for New Mexico veterans. "America owes our veterans a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. But we can make sure veterans have the full support of the federal government, especially now that we're faced with … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Luján Announces Plans to Introduce Bill Combating Threat of COVID-19 Scams

Nambé, N.M. - During a remote hearing of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced plans to introduce legislation to address the growing threat of COVID-19 scams by empowering the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to hold bad actors accountable. Citing shocking statistics on the pervasiveness of COVID-19 scams, Congressman Luján explained: "These … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Luján Calls for Action to Address Inequities Facing Tribal Nations Worsened by COVID-19

Nambé, N.M. - During a remote hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee focused on addressing the urgent needs of Tribal communities, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, called for action to address the inequities facing Tribal nations that have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Luján pointed to bridging the digital divide, adequately funding the Indian Health Service, investing in infrastructure, and expanding … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision Allowing Birth Control Exemptions

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to exempt employers from the Affordable Care Act's no-cost birth control requirement based on religious objections: "The Supreme Court's ruling is a disappointing setback for reproductive rights and the result of President Trump's longstanding efforts to limit women's access to reproductive care. Up to 126,000 women across America could lose their free … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds $550,000 in Grants to 11 Arts Organizations 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 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $550,000 in grant funding to 11 organizations across New Mexico. The grants, part of the $75 million for NEA appropriated through the CARES Act, will be used to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Luján Applauds Reopening of Paycheck Protection Program

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, applauded the reopening of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, which had initially ended on June 30. Last week, with Congressman Luján's support, the program was extended through August 8. "The Paycheck Protection Program has served as a lifeline for thousands of small businesses in New Mexico. When the program ended last week, it still had $130 billion … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Luján Applauds Passage of Moving Forward Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of the Moving Forward Act, which includes key provisions secured by the congressman to bolster broadband access, create economic opportunities, and safeguard the health and wellbeing of New Mexicans. "COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our economy as well as our health. Now is not the moment to take our foot off the gas when it comes to supporting struggling workers and families. The Moving … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Luján Secures Amendment Supporting National Labs in House Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House approved his amendment supporting America's National Labs as part of the Moving Forward Act. Congressman Luján's amendment invests $6 billion to modernize the infrastructure of national laboratories and create good-paying jobs. "As America faces the greatest public health crisis in modern history, our National Labs have lent their expertise and state-of-the-art … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Luján, House Democrats Unveil Climate Action Plan to Create Green Jobs and Support National Laboratories

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to unveil a comprehensive Climate Crisis Action Plan to address climate change and put the nation on a path toward net-zero carbon pollution by 2050 or sooner. The climate action framework includes vital provisions to build a clean energy economy and a healthy, just America. As a member of the Select Committee, Assistant Speaker Luján secured measures to … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Luján Statement on Passing of Literary Giant Rudolfo Anaya

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of renowned Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya: "New Mexico is mourning the loss of our beloved friend and brother, Rudolfo Anaya, whose work touched the lives of countless Americans. Mr. Anaya left an indelible mark on Chicano literature and on New Mexico - and his work reflected his love for New Mexico's cultures and traditions. I'm honored to own a … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Luján Votes for Legislation to Expand and Improve Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. "Millions of Americans struggle to pay for health care, and the Trump administration has only made it harder to afford. Now, as America faces an unprecedented health care crisis, President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. "Fighting for quality, affordable health … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision in June Medical Services v. Russo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have closed all but one abortion clinic in the state. "The Court's ruling reaffirms women's reproductive rights, and it sends the message that laws like the one passed in Louisiana infringe on those rights by limiting access to safe abortions. While this will certainly not be the last time that extremist legislators … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address police brutality: "Millions of Americans are demanding change and action to address systemic racism and police violence against Black Americans, and I hear their calls. I was proud to vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to provide justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Luján Calls Out Trump Administration for Failed COVID-19 Response

Nambé, N.M. - During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, questioned top public health officials about the Trump administration's failure to bolster COVID-19 testing or develop a national testing strategy to address the pandemic. "The Trump administration failed to bring COVID-19 testing to scale in the early months of the pandemic. Even now, five months later, testing capacity is nowhere near where … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Luján Secures Major Broadband and Environmental Investments for New Mexico in Infrastructure Package

Nambé, N.M. - This week, House Democrats released the Moving Forward Act to rebuild and modernize America's infrastructure and create new, good-paying jobs for Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislative package includes key initiatives championed by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, to bolster broadband access for rural and Tribal communities and clean up orphaned oil and gas wells in New Mexico. "The Moving Forward Act is an … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds HUD Grant to Help Alleviate Risk of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

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 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance. The funds are part of … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

House Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Luján Bill Recognizing Traditional Land Uses

Nambé, N.M. -Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, testified to the cultural and economic significance of New Mexico's land grant-mercedes during a remote hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee on the Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act. Introduced by Luján, this legislation gives land grant communities greater access to land within their historical boundaries while also promoting better … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling against the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Supreme Court's decision is a victory for the 800,000 DACA recipients who have lived in uncertainty because of the Trump Administration's anti-immigrant agenda. Nearly 17,000 individuals across New Mexico depend on the DACA program to study, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Luján Condemns Reported Mistreatment of Tribal Communities in COVID-19 Response

Nambé, N.M. - During a remote hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, highlighted the stark disparities in COVID-19 rates for Native Americans and condemned the mistreatment of Native communities in the response to the pandemic. Congressman Luján pointed to recent reporting by Politico that the federal government is withholding life-saving information from Tribal … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Medical Training Scholarship Grants to New Mexico Universities

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 has awarded $1,999,587 to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) for advanced medical training scholarships for low-income students who will serve medically underserved communities. The funds represent the first of a … Continue Reading

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