Press Releases

September 17, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by a 329-73 vote. This bipartisan legislation establishes pregnant workers' right to reasonable workplace accommodations, including excusing workers from lifting heavy objects or standing for long periods of time, allowing more frequent meal or bathroom breaks, and modifying work schedules. "Women are the primary or sole … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Luján Presses FCC Commissioners to Improve Broadband Mapping and Bolster Broadband Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, questioned Federal Communications Commissioners on the urgent need for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address its flawed broadband maps and implement provisions that he authored in the Broadband DATA Act. The Broadband DATA Act was signed into law in March and included Congressman … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Legislation to Improve Enforcement of Civil Rights in America’s Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act by a 232-188 vote. This legislation would restore students and families' right to hold federally-funded schools accountable for racial discrimination. Between 1964 and 2001, students and parents had the right to take schools to court to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits federal dollars from … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Strength in Diversity Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House passed the Strength in Diversity Act by a 248-167 vote. This legislation promotes socioeconomic and racial diversity in America's early childhood education programs and K-12 public schools by creating a federal grant program to support voluntary, community-driven efforts to develop, implement, and expand school diversity initiatives. "Classroom diversity benefits all … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Luján Statement Marking Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the highest-ranking Hispanic in Congress, issued the following statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: "Hispanic heritage is deeply woven into the fabric of America. From fighting for labor rights and protections to serving in the U.S. Space Program, Hispanic Americans have made countless contributions to this country. Today, Hispanic Americans serve bravely in our armed forces, operate and support small … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Luján Joins Statewide Day of Action Encouraging New Mexicans to Participate in 2020 Census

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined the Statewide Census Day of Action urging New Mexicans to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census before the September 30 deadline. The 2020 U.S. Census will determine the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funds and political representation over the next decade. This week, Congressman Luján joined the New Mexico Delegation in warning that the Census Bureau's current … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

N.M. Delegation Warns Census Bureau’s Current Operation Could Result In Undercount, Costing N.M. Hundreds of Millions In Federal Funding

WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2020) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are raising concerns in a letter to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham about the Census Bureau's ongoing operational strategy and engagement with the state of New Mexico. The delegation criticized the Census Bureau's sudden reversal of previous plans to extend its operations in light of the coronavirus pandemic. This … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Luján Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: "On 9/11, our nation lost thousands of American lives in an act of unspeakable terror that remains one of the darkest days in our history. Today, we honor the lives of those who passed while recognizing the enduring American spirit that carries through today. "The terrorist attacks carried out on September 11, … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

House Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Luján Legislation to Address Challenges Facing Tribal Communities During COVID-19

Nambé, N.M. - Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, to ensure Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) can access lifesaving data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government health agencies, and to protect Tribes and Tribal members from scams. The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act reaffirms that Tribal public health … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $8.3 Million in Grants to 18 Airports 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded over $8.3 million in grants to 18 New Mexico airports for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment. The funds are from Department of Transportation (DoT) grants for infrastructure improvements as well as from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

ICYMI: Luján Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Tribal Members from Scams, Increase Access to Broadband on Tribal Lands

Farmington Daily Times: Luján discusses bills to address scams, internet access issues impacting Native Americans By Hannah Grover September 5, 2020 FARMINGTON - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, is concerned that Native American communities could be the target of scams and that scam artists could reach out to tribal members to defraud them. He has introduced a bill that would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study scams impacting Native American tribes and tribal members. … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Bipartisan, Bicameral Tribal Connect Act Introduced To Increase High-Speed Internet Access In Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) have introduced the Tribal Connect Act, legislation to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country. The bicameral, bipartisan bill would increase access to the Federal Communications Commission's schools and libraries universal service support program. The $4 billion program, known as E-rate, provides … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $13.6 Million in Grants to Airports 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.) applauded $13,650,443 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to 10 New Mexico airports for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment. The funds are from Department of Transportation (DoT) grants for infrastructure improvements as well as from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Luján Joins Local Veterans and VA Leadership for Update on Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined New Mexico veterans and leaders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services for an update on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act that took effect earlier this year. The law, which Congressman Luján co-sponsored and was passed by Congress in 2019, extends the presumption of service-connection for certain diseases associated … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Luján, Gianforte Introduce Legislation to Identify Scams Targeting Native Americans

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) introduced legislation directing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to work with Tribal authorities to study scams targeting Tribes and Tribal members. The Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act also requires the FTC to submit recommendations to Congress on policies to curb these deceptive practices. "For decades, Tribal elders have been defrauded by … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Luján: “We’re All Tied” in Mission to Protect Our Environment and Combat the Climate Crisis

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined New Mexico climate leaders on a virtual forum to highlight House Democrats' Climate Crisis Action Plan to address the climate crisis, build a clean energy economy, and create new opportunities for New Mexicans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of House Leadership and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Congressman Luján played a significant role … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

NM Lawmakers Urge Interior Department to Extend Public Process for Proposed Chaco Canyon Drilling Plans During Pandemic

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.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) urged the Trump administration to extend the period for public input and delay onsite inspections for the draft Farmington Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA)- which includes potentially opening up more areas around Chaco Culture National Historical Park to oil and gas drilling - until the COVID-19 crisis can be contained. The … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

NM Delegation Urges Postmaster General to Restore Equipment and Account for Recent Changes to USPS Operations In New Mexico

WASHINGTON - Today, 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.)raised concerns to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about recent changes to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operations and the removal of critical equipment. Despite Postmaster General DeJoy's recent statement that he would suspend the new operational changes and initiatives until after the general election … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Udall, Luján, Smith Demand Answers from USDA on Trump Administration Diverting Funds from NM Farmers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.),along with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) led a group of 40 lawmakers in a letter demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the agency diverted funds from a critical program supporting New Mexico farmers and ranchers, who are trying to keep their farms and livelihoods afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Space Exploration Grants to UNM, NMSU, Navajo Technical College

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.) applaud nearly $2.3 million in combined awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to New Mexico universities for fellowships supporting minority and underrepresented students in STEM fields and innovative research for space exploration programs. New Mexico State University (NMSU) … Continue Reading

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