Press Releases

December 09, 2019

Luján Celebrates Legacy of Esther Martinez in Floor Speech Supporting Language Justice Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, spoke on the House floor in support of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to revitalize Native American languages. Video of Luján's full speech is available here. An excerpt from Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Esther Martinez … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Luján, Members of Congress, Advocates Celebrate Passage of Bill to Revitalize Native Languages

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Members of Congress, and advocates celebrate the passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to safeguard and revitalize Native American languages. The bill honors Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away in 2006. It amends existing law to reauthorize two federal Native American … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Praises Passage of Legislation to Safeguard Native Languages

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, praised the passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to safeguard and revitalize Native American languages. The bill honors Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Luján Statement on Bill to Protect Voting Access and Help End Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of legislation to protect access to the ballot box and help end voter suppression: "The Supreme Court's reckless decision to gut the Voting Rights Act opened the doors to voter suppression that has continued to disenfranchise communities of color and Native communities. No eligible person should be denied the fundamental right to vote, but we know that efforts to … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Luján Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Moving Forward With Impeachment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The United States Congress has a responsibility to uphold our Constitution and protect this country from irrevocable harm. The American people have heard from firsthand witnesses of President Trump's corruption and seen his abuses of power laid bare. It is now an uncontested fact: The President put his political … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Luján Statement on Ending Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the House passage of legislation to end unwanted and illegal robocalls: "Across the United States, scammers are flooding our phonelines and breaking the law with robocalls. These calls are not only a nuisance - they are scams and threats that undermine the trust of consumers. New Mexicans need and deserve more control and transparency over who is calling them, which is … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Luján Kicks Off Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, kicked off the official lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree delivered from Carson National Forest in New Mexico's Third Congressional District. An excerpt from Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Thank you for that introduction, and welcome to the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! I'm thrilled to be here with you all this evening, and … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Luján Introduces Legislation to Boost Innovation and Improve Health Care for Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation to support primary care providers and improve health care in underserved and rural communities. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act establishes a federal grant program to support technology-based health care systems, similar to those developed by Project ECHO. The legislation was introduced by Reps. Luján, Michael Burgess (R-FL), Xochitl Torres … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Luján Statement on Passing of Ron Wilmot

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of Ron Wilmot, a staffer in his Tucumcari, N.M. office: "Yesterday, a longtime staffer and friend, Ron Wilmot, passed away. I am grieving with his family, friends, and the Quay community today over the loss of a dedicated public servant who brought care and attention to the people of New Mexico's Third Congressional District. Ron was an original … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Luján Introduces Legislation to Improve Diagnostic Research and Save Lives

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) to bolster diagnostic research in medicine and improve patient outcomes. The Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act makes critical investments to advance research and progress in diagnostic quality, safety, and value in health care. In the United States, diagnostic errors result in between 40,000 and 80,000 preventable … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Luján, Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Support Student Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities. The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage - ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work. Full time or 3/4-time students who … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Luján Honors Veterans in District Events

Washington, D.C. - Over the weekend, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in events across New Mexico's Third Congressional District honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans. At a ceremony in Taos on Saturday, Congressman Luján presented more than 40 local veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor their service to our country. The pinning ceremony was part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Luján Statement Recognizing Veterans Day

Santa Fe, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: "This Veterans Day, we honor the proud tradition of service and the veterans who sacrificed for our nation's security. From the Navajo Code Talkers to New Mexicans who endured the Bataan Death March in World War II, New Mexicans have always answered our nation's call to service. "One of our most important obligations as public servants must be to … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Luján Announces Campaign Finance Reform Package to Bolster Transparency in Elections

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Peter Welch (D-VT), announced that they will reintroduce a campaign finance reform package this week to bolster transparency and accountability in elections. The legislation is being introduced one year ahead of the 2020 elections. This package would hold special interests accountable and ensure transparency in political advertising. … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Members of Congress Call for Investigation After ICE Deletes Video Needed to Investigate the Death of Roxsana Hernandez

WASHINGTON- Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Committee Chairs and the New Mexico Delegation called on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to launch an investigation into the actions of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) with regard to the treatment of Roxsana Hernandez and ICE's failure to preserve video evidence that may have been crucial to her family seeking justice. Roxsana, a trans woman from Honduras, died just weeks after arriving in the United … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon. Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce USDA Grants for Native Americans, Veterans for Agricultural Training and Support

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 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Not Forgotten Outreach organization $200,766 to train veterans in agricultural practices to support their transition from military to civilian life. The USDA also awarded the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance (INCA) $224,412 for outreach programs to improve access to USDA tribal grant … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

New Mexico Delegation Announces Grants to Airports Across New Mexico For Infrastructure Improvements

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) has awarded more than $7 million in grants to airports across New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Las Cruces International Airport, Portales Municipal Airport and Lea County Regional Airport, to fund infrastructural improvements. "New … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Luján Honors 75 Vietnam War Veterans

Washington, D.C. - On Saturday, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, presented 75 local Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin - a commendation of our nation's lasting gratitude to U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War - in a ceremony held at the Gallup Cultural Center. At the ceremony, Congressman Luján presented the veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor and thank them for their service to our … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

SENATORS DURBIN, WYDEN, HIRONO, ROSEN AND ASSISTANT SPEAKER LUJÁN STAND WITH DACA SCOTUS PLAINTIFFS AND IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT DREAMERS

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Assistant Speaker and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Member Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-03), joined plaintiffs in the upcoming DACA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and immigration advocates to call on Congress to pass legislation that would offer permanent protection from … Continue Reading

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