Press Releases

July 01, 2020

Luján Applauds Passage of Moving Forward Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of the Moving Forward Act, which includes key provisions secured by the congressman to bolster broadband access, create economic opportunities, and safeguard the health and wellbeing of New Mexicans. "COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to our economy as well as our health. Now is not the moment to take our foot off the gas when it comes to supporting struggling workers and families. The Moving … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Luján Secures Amendment Supporting National Labs in House Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the House approved his amendment supporting America's National Labs as part of the Moving Forward Act. Congressman Luján's amendment invests $6 billion to modernize the infrastructure of national laboratories and create good-paying jobs. "As America faces the greatest public health crisis in modern history, our National Labs have lent their expertise and state-of-the-art … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Luján, House Democrats Unveil Climate Action Plan to Create Green Jobs and Support National Laboratories

Washington, D.C. - Today, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to unveil a comprehensive Climate Crisis Action Plan to address climate change and put the nation on a path toward net-zero carbon pollution by 2050 or sooner. The climate action framework includes vital provisions to build a clean energy economy and a healthy, just America. As a member of the Select Committee, Assistant Speaker Luján secured measures to … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Luján Statement on Passing of Literary Giant Rudolfo Anaya

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement on the passing of renowned Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya: "New Mexico is mourning the loss of our beloved friend and brother, Rudolfo Anaya, whose work touched the lives of countless Americans. Mr. Anaya left an indelible mark on Chicano literature and on New Mexico - and his work reflected his love for New Mexico's cultures and traditions. I'm honored to own a … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Luján Votes for Legislation to Expand and Improve Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. "Millions of Americans struggle to pay for health care, and the Trump administration has only made it harder to afford. Now, as America faces an unprecedented health care crisis, President Trump is asking the Supreme Court to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. "Fighting for quality, affordable health … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision in June Medical Services v. Russo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have closed all but one abortion clinic in the state. "The Court's ruling reaffirms women's reproductive rights, and it sends the message that laws like the one passed in Louisiana infringe on those rights by limiting access to safe abortions. While this will certainly not be the last time that extremist legislators … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address police brutality: "Millions of Americans are demanding change and action to address systemic racism and police violence against Black Americans, and I hear their calls. I was proud to vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to provide justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Luján Calls Out Trump Administration for Failed COVID-19 Response

Nambé, N.M. - During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, questioned top public health officials about the Trump administration's failure to bolster COVID-19 testing or develop a national testing strategy to address the pandemic. "The Trump administration failed to bring COVID-19 testing to scale in the early months of the pandemic. Even now, five months later, testing capacity is nowhere near where … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Luján Secures Major Broadband and Environmental Investments for New Mexico in Infrastructure Package

Nambé, N.M. - This week, House Democrats released the Moving Forward Act to rebuild and modernize America's infrastructure and create new, good-paying jobs for Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislative package includes key initiatives championed by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, to bolster broadband access for rural and Tribal communities and clean up orphaned oil and gas wells in New Mexico. "The Moving Forward Act is an … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds HUD Grant to Help Alleviate Risk of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population

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 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance. The funds are part of … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

House Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Luján Bill Recognizing Traditional Land Uses

Nambé, N.M. -Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, testified to the cultural and economic significance of New Mexico's land grant-mercedes during a remote hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee on the Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act. Introduced by Luján, this legislation gives land grant communities greater access to land within their historical boundaries while also promoting better … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling against the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Supreme Court's decision is a victory for the 800,000 DACA recipients who have lived in uncertainty because of the Trump Administration's anti-immigrant agenda. Nearly 17,000 individuals across New Mexico depend on the DACA program to study, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Luján Condemns Reported Mistreatment of Tribal Communities in COVID-19 Response

Nambé, N.M. - During a remote hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, highlighted the stark disparities in COVID-19 rates for Native Americans and condemned the mistreatment of Native communities in the response to the pandemic. Congressman Luján pointed to recent reporting by Politico that the federal government is withholding life-saving information from Tribal … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Medical Training Scholarship Grants to New Mexico Universities

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 has awarded $1,999,587 to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) for advanced medical training scholarships for low-income students who will serve medically underserved communities. The funds represent the first of a … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Title VII

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling that federal employment discrimination laws provide protection for LGBTQ+ workers. "Today's decision is a hard-fought victory for LGBTQ+ Americans. No longer can LGBTQ+ workers be fired or face retaliation over who they are and whom they love. While this ruling should be celebrated, it also serves as a reminder of the long way we still have to go as a … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Luján Joins New Mexico Mayors in Discussion on Federal Funding for Local Governments During COVID-19 Pandemic

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, accepted an invitation by Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull, Mayors Caucus Co-chair, to join the New Mexico Municipal League's Mayors Caucus today for a discussion about the need to pass additional federal assistance for local governments struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It was important for me to hear directly from New Mexico's mayors and local leaders about the impact that COVID-19 is … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds HUD Grants for Tribal Communities

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 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $4,500,000 to the Pueblo of Acoma, the Pueblo de Cochiti, and Ohkay Owingeh under the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG). ICDBG provides direct grants to support development in Tribal communities, which include … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Luján Statement on Introduction of Justice in Policing Act

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the bicameral introduction of the Justice in Policing Act to address systemic racism and violence against Black Americans: "Across New Mexico and the nation, Americans of all ages, races, and creeds are calling for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other victims of police brutality. With the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus, I am heartened … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Luján Announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge to Promote STEM Education

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced the launch of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge to promote STEM involvement for New Mexico students. Through participation in this challenge, students create their own computer applications. Winning students receive recognition by their Member of Congress, and the computer applications are eligible to be featured in the U.S. Capitol Building and online. The Congressional App … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Luján Leads Call for Increased National Labs Funding to Create Jobs and Jumpstart Economic Recovery

Nambé, N.M. - As America's economy struggles from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a call for increased funding for infrastructure investments at America's National Labs as a way to create good-paying jobs and jumpstart the nation's economic recovery. "Funding for maintenance, repairs, and the modernization of National Lab infrastructure will ensure our nation's continued scientific … Continue Reading

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