Press Releases

December 07, 2018

Democrats Call on EPA to Provide Data on PFAS Chemicals

Representatives Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee, Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler today calling for greater transparency regarding any data, testing and consent agreements tied to commercial approval or environmental release of perfluorinated compounds (PFAS). Since the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century … Continue Reading

December 05, 2018

Luján Announces Winner of 2018 Congressional App Challenge

Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that Terrell Toldeo and Elias Trancosa, both seniors at Santa Fe Indian School, are this year's winners of the Congressional App Challenge in New Mexico's third Congressional district. Toldeo and Trancosa's app, "Naruto Self Defense," teaches people to express and defend themselves through hand signs used by the main character in the Japanese manga series, "Naruto." The app was created to help students feel more comfortable with … Continue Reading

December 04, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce an Additional $10.48 Million for NM Water Infrastructure Projects from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated over $10,478,478 in additional money for water resources projects across New Mexico, including funding to rehabilitate the Turley Acequia in San Juan County, reimburse counties and cities for major water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the Albuquerque region, complete a feasibility study to improve … Continue Reading

December 01, 2018

Luján Statement on Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement today on the passing of President George H. W. Bush: "I send my deepest prayers and sympathies to the Bush family during this difficult time. "Our country owes a debt of gratitude to President Bush. He began a lifetime of service to our nation at just eighteen years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, fighting with the Allied forces in World War II, and continued that service as Ambassador to the United Nations, … Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Resolution Recognizing 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich, along with Representative Ben Ray Luján, introduced a bicameral resolution commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and recognizing its importance to promoting the stability and security of Tribal communities and families. ICWA sets best-practice standards for child welfare and adoption proceedings involving children who are members of a … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Luján Elected by Colleagues to Serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. "I am honored to receive the trust of my colleagues to serve as a Member of the Democratic leadership in the next Congress," said Congressman Luján. "As Assistant Democratic Leader, I will welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus to build our agenda, protect our majority, hold the Trump administration and … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Over 165 House Democrats Join Letter Supporting Luján for Assistant Democratic Leader

Washington, D.C. - Today, more than 165 House Democrats from across the Caucus, including the majority of the Freshman class, joined a letter in support of Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) for Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. In the letter, the Members say: "The historic participation in this month's election reflects the energy that we've seen build over the past two years. Having leadership in place who are able to strategically channel that excitement into a … Continue Reading

November 14, 2018

Luján, House Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Voting Rights

Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, landmark legislation to provide the resources and oversight necessary to protect Native Americans' access to the ballot box. The bill incorporates principles of self-determination into the electoral process, meaning that Indian Tribes and their members will be the decision-makers when it comes to ensuring their communities and members have equal access to their constitutional right to vote. Recent … Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Luján Announces Run for Assistant Democratic Leader

Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján(D-NM) announced his bid for Assistant Democratic Leader in the 116th Congress. In a letter to his colleagues Congressman Luján outlined his vision for the next Congress. "To succeed, we must welcome ideas from all corners of our Caucus. To protect our majority and hold the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans accountable, we must bring our visiondirectly to the American people, listen to their concerns, and show them how we are … Continue Reading

October 23, 2018

Reps. Lujan Grisham and Luján Introduce the Crop Insurance Fairness Act to Protect Rio Arriba Farmers

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Congressman Ben Ray Luján introduced the Crop Insurance Fairness Act. The bill is a response to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico's mid-year reduction in Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for Rio Arriba farmers. The Crop Insurance Fairness Act would require that any adjustments made mid-year that result in a decrease in NAP payments not take effect until the following year. This ensures … Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

Luján Convenes Roundtable in Rio Arriba County on Opioids Epidemic

Last week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján(D-NM) convened a roundtable with health care providers, local law enforcement, community leaders, and stakeholders to discuss a path forward to continue the fight against the opioid epidemic in New Mexico. Congress recently passed an opioids package that included ten of Congressman Luján's pieces of legislation. Attendees at the roundtable in Española discussed how this legislative package is a step forward in what needs to be a … Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

Luján Applauds Grants to Benefit New Mexico's Acequias and Tribal and Pueblo Farmers and Ranchers

Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) applauded the announcement that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded over $330,000 in grants to benefit New Mexico's acequias and farmers and ranchers from tribal and pueblo communities. Both grants have been awarded through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (or, the 2501 program). The New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) has received a … Continue Reading

October 19, 2018

Reps. Luján and Lujan Grisham Demand Air Force Secretary Address Cannon Air Force Base Water Contamination

Reps. Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, after New Mexico's Environment Department (NMED) issued a warning that water from several wells on and off the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are found in foam used for firefighting and are associated with an increased risk of cancer. The Department of … Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Luján statement on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: "The Senate just confirmed a nominee who is unfit to sit on the highest court of the land. His judicial record makes it clear he will not stand up for the rights of women, environmental justice, and American workers. His most recent, troubling performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee further demonstrated that … Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Luján Statement on Passing of Steven Begay

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement on the passing of Navajo Nation Council Delegate Steven Begay: "I'm sending my deepest condolences to Councilman Begay's family during this unimaginably difficult time. Steven's dedication to tradition and his leadership on behalf of the communities of Tohatchi made an impact. He never forgot those he represented, and his legacy as a strong advocate for his community will live on. As we processSteven's untimely passing, my … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

House-Passed Opioids Package Includes Multiple Pieces of Legislation Authored by Luján

Today, the House passed a bipartisan opioids package, H.R. 6, the Support for Patient and Communities Act, by a vote of 393-8. The package contains several of Congressman Ben Ray Luján's (D-NM) priorities, including measures that increase substance use provider capacity in Medicaid, support drug management programs that help at-risk beneficiaries in Medicare, provide improved guidance for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their moms, and utilize telehealth to expand access … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

Luján Statement on Facebook Data Breach

Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after it was reported by Facebook that nearly 50 million users had their account data compromised: "It's not enough for Facebook to be sorry. Facebook has a responsibility to protect the people who trust its platform. So does Congress. "After it was revealed that 87 million Facebook users' data was inappropriately shared with Cambridge Analytica, the Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony from CEO Mark … Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Luján's Health Care Jobs Priorities Included in Funding Bill, Opioids Package

Yesterday, the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus passed the House 361-61, which included language championed by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) providing funding for peer support programs. Specifically, $75 million in the Minibus allocated for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) program includes funding for behavioral health paraprofessionals - or Peer Support Specialists - to bolster the mental health and substance use … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Tonko, Luján Addiction Treatment Bill Included in Opioid Package Agreement

Last night, it was announced that Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congressman Ben Ray Luján's (D-NM) bipartisan addiction treatment bill, H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, was included in the final opioid package agreement that was negotiated between the House and Senate. In the Senate, companion legislation was led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME). "When an individual in the throes of addiction … Continue Reading

September 26, 2018

Luján Announces Funding For New Mexico in Health Care and Defense Appropriations Minibus

Congressman Ben RayLuján (D-NM) announced strong support for New Mexico priorities in the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus, including funding to address the ongoing opioids crisis, improve public education, and strengthen our national security. "This package includes funding for programs that are critical to public health and education efforts in New Mexico, while providing continued support for our servicemen and women. "Communities in New Mexico and in … Continue Reading

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