Congress is set to be off for quite a bit of the month of April. According to the Washington Post, the House is only scheduled to be in session for EIGHT days this month. With all that time off, it’s likely we’ll see some of New Mexico’s congressional delegation back home and talking with constituents. Find events near you: ProgressNowNM’s Statewide Progressive Events Calendar
While we’re generally pretty happy with the job our congressional delegation is doing in Washington, it’s always good to be aware of what key issues our congress people and senators are working on. And in southern New Mexico especially, holding Rep. Steve Pearce accountable for the LACK of representation he gives us is absolutely key.
Today Congresswomen Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014. If passed, this Act will have an enormous effect on many New Mexico families. From her press release, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham states, “This legislation would correct the harmful restrictions that have been placed on legal immigrants’ ability to access affordable health insurance coverage. Limiting access to healthcare has a profound negative impact on families, communities and the nation as a whole and it must be corrected. These immigrants are hardworking taxpayers who deserve to be treated fairly under the system they pay into.”
Although they pay taxes, more than 600,000 legal permanent residents are restricted from receiving federal healthcare benefits.