Press Releases

October 11, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Humanitarian Assistance Awards for New Mexico Organizations, Communities

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.) announced the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has begun awarding the first wave of Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) to organizations and localities in Bernalillo County, Doña Ana County, and Luna County. In June, the lawmakers secured … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory on Congressional Delegation Tour

Los Alamos, N.M. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico's national labs. Congressmen Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy's Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty. As Co-Chair of the … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Luján Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, addressed staff members at Los Alamos National Laboratory to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans and Latinos in science, technology, and engineering. An excerpt from Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I'm especially humbled to have an opportunity to … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Udall Chairs Indian Affairs Field Hearing on the Legacy of Uranium Mining in New Mexico and Indian Country

Additional photos available HERE, HERE and HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing entitled "America's Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country" at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, N.M. Udall was joined by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.). The … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Assistant Speaker Luján and Senator Warren Announce Plan to Reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they will reintroduce the Accountable Capitalism Act to help eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when the success of American corporations translated into success for American workers. The legislation aims to reverse the harmful trends over the last 30 years that have led to record corporate profits, productivity, and CEO pay, … Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Luján Receives Prestigious Ohtli Award

Albuquerque, N.M. - Last night, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, received the Ohtli Award at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention in Albuquerque. The award - presented by Consul General of Mexico Norma Ang Sánchez - recognizes leaders who've made significant contributions to the Mexican community in the United States. "I'm extremely humbled to receive the Ohtli Award - a recognition of my work to uplift Hispanic … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces HHS Grant to Taos for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Development

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 (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $2,982,779 to Taos Health Systems, Inc. in New Mexico as part of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program. $9 million was awarded in total to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Calls on Forest Service to Act Swiftly to AllowNew Mexicans to Resume Use of National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, wrote to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen pressing the agency to take immediate action to comply with the law and allow the resumption of traditional forest activities on national forests in New Mexico. "We write regarding the reported impacts of the recent pause of several forest activities on national forests in New … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Luján Statement on the Passing of Ambassador Joe Wilson

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of Ambassador Joe Wilson: "It was with profound sadness that I heard of the passing of Ambassador Wilson, a friend and fellow New Mexican for whom I had deep respect. Ambassador Wilson was a devoted patriot who put country and duty before politics and who had the courage to speak the truth in the face of extreme criticism. With his passing, our country … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Luján Introduces Legislation to Bridge the Digital Divide and Promote Digital Skills Training

Washington, D.C. - This week, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined colleagues to introduce the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to bridge the digital divide. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) would close gaps in broadband adoption and promote digital skills training and digital literacy. The Digital Equity Act would establish two grant programs that would be administered by the … Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Luján to Cuccinelli: Cancel Appearance Before Hate Group

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján demanded that Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, cancel an appearance before a known hate group. In a letter to Cuccinelli, Luján - the highest-ranking Hispanic in Congress - decried the acting director's planned remarks to the Center for Immigration Studies - a group founded by John Tanton, an individual who has espoused white nationalist rhetoric and is … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Luján Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House impeachment inquiry: "President Trump betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the security of our elections. His attempt to manipulate our elections by pressing for foreign interference is unprecedented and wrong. "I previously called for an impeachment inquiry because the president's corruption is jeopardizing our national security, … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces $3 Million Grant for Youth Behavioral Health

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 today that the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,000,000 grant to New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department's Behavioral Health Services (CYFD BHS). The CYFD BHS will use this grant to expand the existing infrastructure and capacity of the statewide … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

NM Delegation Announces Funding for Native Libraries

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, 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 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is awarding grants to New Mexico Pueblos to expand and create new library services. The funds awarded will be used to organize and preserve the historical records of Native communities in … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Luján Introduces Marijuana Reform Legislation to Protect Immigrant Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to remove minor marijuana use, possession, and distribution charges from the list of deportable offenses to protect immigrant communities, including DREAMers, from targeted attacks by the Trump administration. Specifically, Remove Marijuana from Deportable Offenses Act would prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs from using minor drug offenses, including possession of marijuana, to target immigrants for … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Grant for the Housing Authority of Gallup, New Mexico

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,000,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, N.M. to assess risk, inspect, abate, examine and control lead-based paint in public housing establishments with at least one family with a child under six, at playgrounds, and at child-care centers within the public housing … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Luján Statement Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month: "Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans across the country. The crucial role that Hispanic Americans have made played throughout our history have helped move the needle on progress for labor protections, civil rights, and so much more. The diversity of our community is … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Luján Joins Colleagues to Restore Pell Grant Eligibility for Victims of Predatory, For-Profit Colleges.

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, joined colleagues to introduce the Pell Grant Restoration Act. This critical legislation, introduced by Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), and Lucy McBath (GA-06), would amend Title IV of the Higher Education Act to restore students' Pell Grant eligibility for any period of time during which they would have qualified for loan forgiveness due to school closure or … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Luján Statement on Protecting America’s Coastlines and Oceans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of key measures to stop risky offshore drilling: "With the Trump administration's threats to sell our coastlines and oceans to the highest bidders, we cannot afford to wait to protect our environment from polluters. Our waters and local economies cannot survive another disastrous oil spill, which is why these votes to ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic and … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Luján Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: "Today, we honor the legacy of the individuals who tragically perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks 18 years ago. These heinous attacks remain a poignant reminder that when faced with unspeakable loss and evil, the American spirit remains unbroken. "We remain grateful to the first responders and law … Continue Reading

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