Press Releases

May 08, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $23 Million in Grants to Connect Over 2,200 Homes in Rural New Mexico to Broadband Internet

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.)applauded $23 million in rural broadband grants to communities across New Mexico from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grants are part of the first wave of ReConnect pilot program funding increased by Congress in the CARES Act to improve rural broadband access for unserved and underserved … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Luján Holds Local Government Roundtable to Discuss Urgent Need for Additional Relief

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, held a virtual roundtable with local leaders, mayors, and fire chiefs from the Third Congressional District to discuss the urgent need for local government relief in future COVID-19 legislation. Congressman Luján convened the roundtable to answer questions and hear directly from local government leaders on available relief, future COVID-19 relief legislation, and the need for … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

N.M. Delegation Introduces Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation would waive FEMA's cost-sharing requirements for emergency work in response to COVID-19 and increase the federal cost-share to 100 percent for Indian Tribal governments WASHINGTON (May 7, 2020) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich led the New Mexico delegation, including U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, in introducing the bipartisan Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $114 Million to 160 Rural Health Care Providers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that 160 rural health care providers in New Mexico received over $114 million in federal funding to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and account for lost revenue that has stretched the resources of rural health providers in New Mexico and across the country. The $114,184,099 in … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Luján Statement on Reports that White House Coronavirus Task Force Might Shut Down

Nambé, N.M. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on reports that the Trump administration is considering shutting down the White House Coronavirus Task Force as soon as the end of May: "It is the height of recklessness that the Trump administration is considering shutting down the White House Coronavirus Task Force as COVID-19 deaths and positive cases continue to rise. The administration's delayed response to the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $1.6 Million in Grants to New Mexico Public Housing Authorities for Rental Assistance

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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $1,621,186 to public housing authorities in 14 counties across New Mexico for rental assistance for families, individuals, and owners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds Over $4 Million in Federal Grants for Airports Across the State

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 $4 million in grants to seven regional airports across the state for construction and maintenance projects. The airports receiving the $4,194,551 in funds are Grant County Airport, Four Corners Regional Airport, Reserve Airport in … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Luján, Members of Congress, and Local Government Leaders Hold Forum on COVID-19 Relief for Local Governments

Nambé, N.M. - Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) participated in an online forum with a bipartisan group of Members of Congress and representatives from the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities on the need to provide direct relief to local governments in future COVID-19 legislation. Assistant Speaker Luján, along with U.S. Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), and Joe Neguse (D-CO), previously … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Luján, Peters Push for Increased Investment in Broadband Infrastructure to Bolster COVID-19 Response Efforts in Historically Underserved Communities

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for increased investments in rural broadband infrastructure to support COVID-19 response efforts in historically underserved communities. Many health care centers, schools and small businesses in rural and tribal communities across the country have had difficulties carrying … Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Luján Broadband Initiatives Included in House Democrats’ Plan to Connect All Americans to Affordable Internet

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, secured critical broadband initiatives in House Democrats' plan to connect all Americans to affordable broadband internet and bridge the digital divide as part of a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This broadband package announced today builds on House Democrats' Moving America Forward Framework, which would provide $760 billion in infrastructure and broadband investments. In New … Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

MAY 4-7: NM Delegation to Host Virtual Military Service Academy Information Sessions

Congressional delegation will co-host information sessions via Zoom and telephone with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and ROTC programs Beginning MONDAY, May 4 at 6-8 p.m. MT until THURSDAY, May 7 at 6 - 8 p.m. MT, staff for U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

New Mexico Delegation Announces Over $6 Million in CARES Act Funding for Testing and Contact Tracing

Funding will be used to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and contact tracing, which helps limit disease spread by alerting those who have come into contact with infected individuals WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding New Mexico $6,638,183 through the Coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Luján Holds Virtual Roundtables With Community Lenders and Credit Unions to Support New Mexico Small Businesses

Nambé, N.M. - Over the weekend, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, held virtual roundtables with more than 20 New Mexico community lenders, credit unions, and experts from the House Small Business Committee and the Small Business Development Center to provide assistance to credit unions and community banks that are processing Paycheck Protection Program Loans for small businesses. Last week, Congressman Luján helped pass an interim … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Luján Statement on Passage of Interim Coronavirus Funding Package to Support Small Businesses and Frontline Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act - vital legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic and support small businesses, hospitals and frontline workers, and bolster testing across the United States: "In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of each and every American. The passage of today's legislation is an … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Luján Remarks on Interim Coronavirus Funding Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to provide crucial funds for small businesses, hospitals and frontline workers, and testing. Video of Luján's full speech is available here. Luján's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Thank you, Madam Speaker, In the face of this crisis, I have seen so many New … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

NM Delegation Hails $2 Million Grant to Bolster New Mexico State Behavioral Health Services

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced a $2 million grant for the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) to fund behavioral health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

NM Delegation Announces Over $84 million in CARES Act Grants For NM Colleges and Universities and Students That Have Been Affected By The Coronavirus Pandemic

$62 million will go to 30 Higher Education Institutions to cover costs incurred due to the ongoing public health crisis and to provide direct emergency cash grants to students $22 million from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund will go towards ensuring education continues for students of all ages WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Luján Announces “Community Champions” Initiative to Showcase New Mexicans Serving Their Communities

Nambé, N.M. - Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced the "Community Champions" initiative to showcase New Mexicans who are bravely serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing public health crisis has changed the lives of many, but New Mexicans remain strong, resilient, and driven by a commitment to the health and safety of their community. "The current crisis has created unique challenges for our families, … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Luján Supports Urgent Funding in Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package

Nambé, N.M. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, issued the following statement calling for greater support of New Mexico families, small businesses, state, local and tribal governments, and frontline health care workers in an interim emergency COVID-19 relief package: "Congress passed the bipartisan CARES Act to deliver critical relief to our nation in this moment of crisis. It is clear, however, that we need to get more resources to our … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

NM Delegation Applauds CARES Act Grant Funding for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

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 today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $853,877 to the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Health and the Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, for the Ryan White HIV/Aids Program as a part of the COVID-19 CARES Act congressional response. The Ryan White HIV/Aids … Continue Reading

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