Press Releases

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


September 10, 2019

Luján Statement on Report that Americans Lost Health Care Coverage For First Time in a Decade

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the U.S. Census Bureau report indicating that health care uninsured rates increased for the first time in a decade: "With the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on Americans' health care, it is unfortunately not a surprise that more children and families are living without health insurance. This is the shameful outcome of the Republicans' outrageous attempts to dismantle … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announces $2 Million to Combat Substance Abuse and Improve Mental Health Services in New Mexico

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 Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded more than $2 million to combat substance abuse and to promote mental health and well-being in communities across New Mexico, including several New Mexico Tribal … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announces $2 Million to Combat Substance Abuse and Improve Mental Health Services in New Mexico

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 Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded more than $2 million to combat substance abuse and to promote mental health and well-being in communities across New Mexico, including several New Mexico Tribal … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Luján, Torres Small Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Poor Health Outcomes for New and Expecting Mothers in Rural America

Washington, DC - Following a jam-packed District Work Period of meetings with constituents and healthcare providers, Rep. Torres Small returns to D.C. to address the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis facing rural America. Today, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced the Rural MOMS Act of 2019, H.R. 4243, alongside Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to improve healthcare … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Luján Statement on Trump Administration Cuts to Military

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration's decision to divert funding from critical military projects for a border wall: "President Trump's reckless decision to rob our service members and shortchange critical defense projects puts our national security at risk. Our service members depend on these critical funds to keep our families and country safe. It is clear this is nothing more than a money … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Advisory: Luján to Hold Constituent Townhall

Santa Fe, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, will hold a constituent townhall to discuss his work in Congress and hear from New Mexico families on Thursday, August 22. WHEN: Thursday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. MT WHERE: Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise Boulevard Northwest, Albuquerque Press interested in covering this event should RSVP to … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Luján Honors Distinguished Vietnam War Veteran

Taos, N.M. - Today, 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 Taos, Congressman Luján presented Louis Trujillo with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to thank and honor Trujillo for his service to the country. "Louis Trujillo is a valued community member … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Luján Statement on Impeachment Inquiry

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on an impeachment inquiry: "I support moving forward with an impeachment inquiry, which will continue to uncover the facts for the American people and hold this president accountable. "This is not a position I've reached lightly. "The Trump presidency is creating grave national security concerns. Our country's intelligence agencies have confirmed that the Russian government attacked America … Continue Reading


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

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