Press Releases

April 18, 2019

Luján to Join Climate-Focused Town Hall

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will join local leaders and environmental advocates at a town hall to address the climate change crisis on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. MT. WHEN: TODAY, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Center for Progress and Justice - 1420 Cerrillos Road, Santa … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Luján, Udall, Heinrich Announce $220 Million in Contract Opportunities for Uranium Mine Cleanup on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award multiple contracts worth an estimated $220 million over a five-year period to address the legacy of uranium contamination from abandoned mines in the Navajo Nation area. The Navajo Area Abandoned Mines Response and Construction Services contract, which is currently open for proposals … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Congressional Delegation to Visit New Mexico Sacred Sites, Conduct Hearing on Air Quality

Santa Fe, N.M. - The House Natural Resources Committee will be conducting an April 13-April 15 field hearing in New Mexico to visit sacred sites, including Chaco Culture National Historic Park, and meet with environmental advocates, experts, and local leaders to discuss the impacts of oil and gas development on sacred sites and air quality. This field hearing came at the request of Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, as he fights to protect public and … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Legislation to Prohibit School 'Lunch Shaming'

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, signed onto legislation from Rep. Deb Haaland, and other New Mexico delegation members including, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to prohibit school "lunch shaming" - the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don't have enough money to pay for meals at school. The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Luján Statement on Preserving a Free and Open Internet

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Save the Internet Act: "A free and open Internet is an essential component of a free and open society. The lack of strong net neutrality protections could result in unjust disparities in how different communities use the Internet - with the rich given access to faster speeds and potentially more content. That is unacceptable. Accessing these resources is a … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Reintroduces Bill to Honor Bataan Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, Xochitl Torres Small, and Deb Haaland, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, reintroduced the Bataan Congressional Gold Medal Act, a bill to honor the heroic veterans who defended Bataan and Corregidor, and suffered through the Bataan Death March-which began 77 years ago today-with the Congressional Gold Medal. On December 8, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Luján, Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Introduce Legislation to Protect Chaco Canyon Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland introduced the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to withdraw the federal lands around Chaco Canyon from further mineral development. The bill, alongside anticipated actions from State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, would help ensure the protection of Chaco ruins and the greater landscape surrounding the … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Luján Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced details for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in young people. The winning entry from New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year. In honor of Earth Day, the theme of this … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Luján Statement on Passage of Southwest Drought Plan

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passage of a comprehensive drought and water plan for the southwest: "Today's passage of a comprehensive drought plan is a critical step to address climate change and protect New Mexicans' access to clean water. Millions of people across the Southwest depend on the Colorado River, even as the supply has continued to deplete due to prolonged drought. I am proud to be a … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

New Mexico Lawmakers, Tribal, State Leaders to Hold Press Call to Unveil Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act

WASHINGTON - TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 9 at 12 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. MT, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, All Pueblo Council of Governors Chairman E. Paul Torres, and New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard will hold a press call to announce the reintroduction of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bill to … Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Luján, Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Announce More Than $114 Million to Indian Health Service for 3 New Mexico Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, ranking member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Deb Haaland, announced that the Indian Health Service (IHS) allocated $114.2 million in funding to continue planning and construction for three key New Mexico facilities. The award will enable IHS to move forward with critical projects at three … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Luján Statement on Ending the Abuse of Women Under the Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: "Reauthorizing this legislation is a cornerstone of our efforts to eradicate the scourge of violence perpetrated against women in our country each and every day. "When one-in-three women in the United States has experienced violence at the hands of a partner, we are failing as a society. When nine-in-ten trans women have been … Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Luján Statement Condemning Trump Administration Attacks on the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of a resolution condemning the Trump administration's attacks on the Affordable Care Act: "Health care should not be a partisan or political game. Sick children should be able to see a doctor and patients should be able to receive the high-quality care they need without the risk of financial ruin. "I am disgusted that President Trump is attempting to circumvent the … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Luján Tours Community Ditch Serving Northwest New Mexico

Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, toured the Kirtland Farmers Mutual Community Ditch, which serves nearly 700 users and more than 4,000 acres in northwest New Mexico. Danene Sherwood, President of Kirtland Farmers Mutual Community Ditch Association, which governs the 23-mile ditch, led the tour. "In New Mexico, we know that water is life. Community ditches are the backbone of many New Mexican's livelihoods, enabling farms and families to thrive. When … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million in HHS Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis in New Mexico

Today, New Mexico's congressional delegation announced nearly $3 million in Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to fight the opioid crisis in New Mexico. The $2,770,397 in funding comes from grants released to states through the State Opioid Response Grant Program. "Substance abuse knows no boundaries, and the opioid epidemic has left its tragic mark on all communities across New Mexico, including urban, rural, and Tribal areas," said Sen. Tom Udall. "Federal funding is an important step … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Luján Attends Presentation of Mortgage-Free Home to Wounded Army Veteran

Rio Rancho, N.M. - Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke during the presentation of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to an injured veteran, Army Spc. Jason Thompson. He was joined by Erin Dominguez, U.S. Bank District Manager; Len McMorrow, Senior Vice President REO & Special Asset Servicing at U.S. Bank; Chiquita Martin, Assistant Vice President Customer Analytics (U.S. Army Veteran) at U.S. Bank; and Tom Kilgannon, President of Freedom … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Luján Statement on Special Counsel Mueller Investigation Report Vote

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the House vote expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and Congress: "This resolution upholds the undeniable principle that transparency is fundamental to our democracy and that the American people have the right to know of any threats against that … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Luján Statement on Introduction of the Equality Act

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the introduction of the Equality Act: "I am proud to strongly support legislation that will ensure every person is treated with dignity and respect no matter who they are, who they love, or where they live. Those are the basic civil rights our country should promise to all people and it is inspiring to see Congress take such decisive action to ensure that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected from being … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Luján Statement on Trump Administration’s Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced that their ban on transgender individuals serving in the military would go into effect on April 12: "President Trump's insistence on implementing a disgusting and bigoted ban on transgender individuals serving our country is as dangerous as it is morally reprehensible. Transgender individuals have served in our military with gallantry and honor. They should be … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral … Continue Reading

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