Press Releases

August 19, 2019

Luján, FCC Commissioner Starks Tour San Felipe Pueblo to Discuss Broadband Expansion

San Felipe Pueblo, N.M. - On Friday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Geoffrey Starks led discussions with community leaders on efforts to close the digital divide and increase broadband access in New Mexico. Meeting with government officials, community leaders, and New Mexicans at the San Felipe and Santo Domingo libraries, Luján, Starks, and Lt. Governor John Duran viewed how broadband … Continue Reading


August 16, 2019

Luján to Hold Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will hold a veteran pinning ceremony to honor Louis Trujillo, a distinguished Vietnam War veteran, on Monday, August 19. WHEN: Monday, August 19 at 11 a.m. MT WHERE: Commission Chambers, Taos Magistrate Court House, 105 Albright St, Taos, NM Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Luján Statement on Israel Decision to Bar Entry to Two U.S. Congresswomen

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the decision by the Israeli Government to bar Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country: "The decision to block the entry of Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib into Israel is disappointing, counterproductive, and deeply hurtful. Both congresswomen are duly elected representatives of the United States Congress. "The statements by President Trump urging the ban … Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Luján Honors Distinguished Vietnam War Veteran

Santa Fe, N.M. - Yesterday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented a local Vietnam War veteran with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin - a commendation of our nation's lasting thanks to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. At a ceremony in Santa Fe, Congressman Luján presented Naval Petty Officer 3rd Class John "Chris" Abeyta with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to thank and honor Abeyta for his service to the country. … Continue Reading


August 12, 2019

Advisory: Luján to Hold Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will hold a veteran pinning ceremony to honor John 'Chris' Abeyta, a distinguished Vietnam War veteran, on Wednesday, August 14. WHEN: Wednesday, August 14 at 5 p.m. MT WHERE: NW Corner of the Bataan Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Luján Demands Resignation of Border Patrol Chief

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, has joined a letter signed by 33 Members of Congress demanding the resignation of U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Prov following her involvement in a secret Facebook group that promoted violence against immigrants and Members of Congress. The lawmakers wrote to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan outlining serious concerns about the chief's conduct and ability to continue as the … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Luján, 213 Democratic Members Urge McConnell to Hold a Vote on Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Immediately

Nambé, N.M. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and 213 Members of the House Democratic Caucus wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding he immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both these bipartisan bills were passed by the House in February of this year and have been blocked for a vote by McConnell for … Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Luján Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Improve Health Care Access for Native American Veterans

Nambé, N.M. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) to announce the introduction of the Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act, a bill to improve health care access for Native American Veterans by providing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) coverage for care that Native American … Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Luján Statement on 54th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 54th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act: "The Voting Rights Act was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that sought to end racial discrimination at the ballot box and ensure every American could make their voice heard in our elections. The advancements this legislation achieved for African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, women, and minorities in this … Continue Reading


August 03, 2019

Luján Statement on Shooting in El Paso

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the El Paso shooting: "Today's senseless killings in El Paso are a heartbreaking reminder that our country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. My heart is with the community of El Paso as we mourn the loss of life, pray for the injured, and extend condolences to families who've lost loved ones. "Acts of terror are designed to scare us, but we cannot allow this … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Luján Addresses New Mexico Rural Networks Conference

Farmington, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, addressed the New Mexico Rural Networks Conference to announce the introduction of a bipartisan, bicameral broadband package aimed at bridging the digital divide and bolstering broadband in rural and underserved communities. An excerpt from Luján's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: As rural New Mexicans, we live every day with challenges some Americans will never … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Luján Introduces Broadband Infrastructure Package to Bridge the Digital Divide

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced the introduction of a broadband infrastructure package to bridge the digital divide and bolster broadband access in rural communities. This package would provide $5 billion in federal funding for low-interest financing to support broadband infrastructure deployment, including in rural communities, and require improved mapping of communities' access to broadband. In New Mexico, … Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Luján, Foster Lead Bipartisan National Labs Caucus Congressional Delegation to New Mexico

Los Alamos, N.M. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation on a tour of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Luján and Foster will be joined by Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). Also attending will … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Luján, Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $1.5 Million For Rural Residency Development Programs

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.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will award approximately $1.5 million to Otero County Hospital Association located in Alamogordo, N.M. and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inc. located in Gallup, N.M. through the Rural Residency … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Heinrich, Luján Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Protect Native American Seeds And Traditional Food Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019 to clearly identify ways to protect Native American seeds and traditional food products, and assist tribes in ensuring that … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Luján Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the bipartisan budget caps and the debt limit agreement: "The American people elected a Democratic majority in the House to put an end to government dysfunction and uncertainty. This bipartisan budget caps and debt limit agreement is one of the many ways we're living up to our commitments to invest in our communities and national security. I support this deal as it ends the threat … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Members of Congress, Senators Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral STOP Act To Safeguard Tribal Items

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Don Young (R-Alaska), and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), the lead author of the legislation, and Lisa Murkowski … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Luján Statement on Raising Wages for Working Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the landmark passage of the Raise the Wage Act: "Working families haven't seen a much-deserved minimum wage increase in more than a decade - the longest stretch in history. That is unacceptable. "Raising the minimum wage will support millions of American workers, lift families out of poverty, and boost local economies. "This is about hardworking families being able to make ends … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Luján Statement on House Vote to Hold Attorney General Barr and Secretary of Commerce Ross in Contempt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress: "Attorney General Barr and Secretary of Commerce Ross intentionally withheld information from Congress on the Trump administration's bigoted and anti-immigrant campaign to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This effort was purposefully designed to undercount … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Assistant Speaker Luján, Chairman Castro Demand Answers from Trump Administration on ICE Raids

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (D-T.X.) wrote to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding answers on collateral arrests made during the Trump administration's raids in immigrant communities. Luján and Castro pressed the Trump administration for information on ICE operations regarding recent deportation and apprehension … Continue Reading

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