Udall to vote against Trump’s HHS nominee (the architect of the Obamacare repeal)

New Mexico’s Senators are making their opposition to President Trump’s most extreme nominees known. Today, Sen. Udall announced his opposition to Trump’s nominee to head the Dept. of Health and Human Services who will be the chief architect of the repeal of Obamacare. Read More:
ProgressNowNM’s coverage of Trump’s nominees and Sen. Heinrich & Udall
NM Political Report: How New Mexico’s U.S. Senators voted on Trump’s nominees

From Udall:

Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement:

“During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans.

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.

Pledge to stand with Sens. Udall, Heinrich against these Trump’s nominees

Donald Trump’s nominees are a who’s who of conflicts, billionaires and bigots and each one must be confirmed by the United States Senate.

Democrats have already given many a grilling and slowed the quick nomination processes Trump and Republican Senate leaders wanted. Our own US Senators have been front and center of those fights. Here are just a few whose appointment could mean big trouble for New Mexico.

Watch: Udall, Heinrich grill Trump appointees on climate change, torture, surveillance & Russia

Both of New Mexico’s United States Senators are in a front-and-center role in the work to vet President-elect Trump’s nominees to head our country’s federal agencies. Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his position on climate change and whether he will continue his relationship with ExxonMobil if he is confirmed as the nation’s top diplomat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CidK1jgfr00&feature=youtu.be

In the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense Retired General James Mattis. Heinrich asked Mattis about the key threats to the security of the United States. Mattis replied, “I would consider the principle threats to start with Russia.”

Did President Obama Just Save Planned Parenthood from Donald Trump?

President Barack Obama, in his final days in the White House, isn’t running down the clock like it’s the last week of school before summer vacation. Over the holiday break, the Obama Administration proposed a new rule that prevents states from defunding Planned Parenthood, or any other family planning provider, and it is sheer genius. Under the rule, states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood simply because some of its clinics offer abortion services. According to the Huffington Post:
The new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services proposed last week, says that states cannot withhold Title X federal family planning money from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” That means states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortion services. The Obama Administration may be in the throes of making its transition, but President Obama still has real work to do to ensure not all of his progressive choices and policies get rolled back by Trump and his cronies.

This holiday season, give the gift that fights Donald Trump

As this crazy year comes to a close, I asked our staff to look back at all the work we’ve all accomplished together to build a new progressive majority for New Mexico.  While most other states are licking their wounds and trying to figure out what they did wrong, we have a lot to be proud of. I get to see it up close every day, but even I was surprised to see it in one place. Once I saw what you had done through ProgressNowNM I knew you’d want to see too. We aren’t just building a new voice for the progressive movement – you ARE the voice of our movement and I have the data to prove it.

Four things that make Trump’s new Interior Secretary bad for public lands and New Mexico

After weeks of speculation over which pro-fossil fuel leader Trump would place in charge of our national parks, public lands and oil/gas/coal resources, the President-elect today named Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke his Secretary-designate of the US Dept. of Interior. Who is he and what does that mean for our country and New Mexico?  Here’s a quick primer:

Zinke’s homestate newspaper, The Billings Gazette, has said that Congressman Zinke’s efforts are clearly intended to “rob Montanans (and all citizens) of money that’s rightfully theirs.”

After first campaigning on support for President Obama’s climate action plans, he suddenly became a science denier. Not coincidentally, he took in almost $350,000 in campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry since his overnight change.

Trump considers New Mexico’s Heather Wilson for top of national intelligence spot

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of Heather Wilson, she was expected to show up at Trump Tower today to talk to Team Trump about leading our nation’s sprawling intelligence apparatus. NM Political Report: Heather Wilson in contact with Trump team over possible administration position

ProgressNow NM readers will remember Wilson for her connection to a “register a dog to vote” stunt ProgressNow uncovered in 2012.  During her unsuccessful run for US Senate, the husband of a Wilson campaign staffer registered their family dog to vote, as a Democrat, to prove that voter fraud could occur.  It proved that he could be prosecuted for it after ProgressNow outed the owners’ connections to Wilson’s campaign. Read more: Wilson’s staff linked to attempted voter fraud scandal

Wilson is a Republican with a long history in New Mexico politics.