New Gun Transfer Background Check Bill Passes Key Committee

Background check legislation cleared a first (and important) hurdle today.  After almost two hours of testimony and debate, the State Senate Public Affairs Committee passed the bill 5-3 and sent it forward with momentum to the Judiciary Committee. More than thirty ProgressNowNM advocates appeared alongside dozens of other New Mexico gun violence victims, survivors and activists including many organized by Moms Demand Action NM and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. Gun violence prevention legislation failed in the Senate in previous years, in part over concerns over how transfers between family members could be protected.  Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española) worked with State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) to write this year’s bill to require checks between transfers for gun sales, while accommodating some of those earlier concerns.

Heinrich votes against giving Rick Perry nuclear weapons

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing Rick Perry’s past calls to eliminate the Energy Department, and “an unwillingness to commit to the applied energy research and climate science done at our national labs and universities, and the transition team questionnaire that attacked the integrity of climate scientists,” US Senator Martin Heinrich voted NO today on the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead Donald Trump’s Energy Department. The New York Times recently reported that Perry accepted Trump’s offer to be Energy Secretary believing it was a post to serve as a “global ambassador for America’s oil and gas companies.”  Only after accepting did he learn that it was not that job at all. The Energy Department enjoys a special relationship with New Mexico. National labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos, as well as our country’s nuclear stockpile housed, in part, at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque are all under the purview of the Energy Secretary.

After canceling Trump meeting, Mexican president gets new invite to speak in US (to NM legislature)

Just a week after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with President Trump and blasted Trump’s plan to build a wall and impose new tariffs on Mexico, the Mexican president received a new invitation to speak in the US: from the New Mexico state legislature. “We invite you to speak at the New Mexico House of Representatives about our common bonds, cultures and benefits of a shared future together,” State Representatives Bill McCamley (Las Cruces), Angelica Rubio (Las Cruces) and Javier Martinez (Albuquerque) wrote.  All three are Democrats. You can read the full text of the letter here:

After canceling his visit to Washington, President Peña Nieto fired back against Trump using Trump’s favorite outlet: Twitter. Un mensaje para todos los mexicanos: pic.twitter.com/EFcNh7fQtm
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017

State, local leaders issue public letter to US Senate opposing Trump’s Pruitt for EPA

More than 50 state and local elected officials signed an open letter to New Mexico’s US Senators and Congressional delegation urging them to publicly oppose President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scroll down to join these leaders in opposing Pruitt for EPA administrator. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued the EPA at least 14 times to oppose clean air and water rules.  Mr. Pruitt also allowed Republican donors and oil industry executives to write his office’s climate change policies and official policy statement letters opposing climate change and EPA rules. The full Senate is expected to take up his nomination in the coming weeks.

REGISTER: Telephone Town Hall with Sen. Tom Udall on Monday

President Trump (I still can’t get used to writing that!) has nominated a lot of troubling cabinet nominees, but none is more worrisome than Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Senate offices have been bombarded with calls and letters asking how we can help. Instead of asking you to call Sen. Udall, we asked him if he’d call you – and he said yes! Special invitation: Telephone Town Hall with Senator Tom Udall

President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency stands out among a long list of troubling nominees he has offered. I’ve heard from countless New Mexicans with concerns about Pruitt’s appointment as EPA administrator, so I’m hosting a telephone town hall on Monday to discuss how New Mexicans who care about our clean air and water can help.

Actions & Events to Support Gun Violence Prevention Legislation at #NMLEG

With a new Democratic majority in both houses of the State Legislature and the largest progressive caucus in state history, supporters of common-sense gun violence prevention see this as the year to pass background check legislation. While NRA-backed legislators managed to delay and kill similar legislation in previous years, background check bills have passed in states around the country. This year, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard along with State Senate Maj. Leader Peter Wirth and Sen. Richard Martinez sponsored legislation to keep New Mexicans safer by requiring background checks for gun sales. New Mexico law currently allows unrestricted gun sales to anyone, in person or online, no questions asked.

SIGN UP: State Leg to take up background checks for gun sales (and this year it could pass)

In the fight against gun violence in New Mexico, at least one significant piece of legislation filed this year aimed specifically at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. With a new Democratic majority in both houses of the State Legislature and the largest progressive caucus in state history, supporters of common-sense gun violence prevention see this as the year to pass background check legislation. While NRA-backed legislators managed to delay and kill similar legislation in previous years, background check bills have passed in states around the country. This year, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard along with State Senate Maj. LeaderPeter Wirth and Sen. Richard Martinez sponsored legislation to keep New Mexicans safer by requiring background checks for gun sales.

Now we are officially the resistance

 

Today is a hard day for all of us who fight daily for progress and progressive values. As Donald Trump is sworn in as President I wanted to send a personal note to tell you that we will march on. We will continue the fight for progress as we have since ProgressNowNM was created to fight the conservative agenda in New Mexico 6 years ago – and together we will refuse to allow the progress we have achieved be undone. Whether you are marching tomorrow in Washington, D.C., Ft. Sumner, TorC, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Silver City or somewhere else around the country, we are with you and we won’t stop fighting for the progress we all believe in.