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.
Yesterday, Senator Martin Heinrich made it clear that raising the federal minimum wage is good for New Mexico and our nation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1pGQxXdK6s
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of raising the minimum wage. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of S. 1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, which would raise the hourly federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2015. Senator Heinrich is a strong advocate for raising the national minimum wage. Last September, Heinrich and 14 other Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contract to be paid $10.10 an hour.
On March 18th, Senator Martin Heinrich joined over 175 of his fellow Members of Congress in signing a Bicameral letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order to protect gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers from discrimination in the work place. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-signed a letter today calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The letter was led by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (Colo-02) and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress. “[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a ‘year of action’ and build upon the momentum of 2013 by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans,” wrote the signatories. “An executive order covering LGBT employees would be in line with a bipartisan, decades-long commitment to eradicating taxpayer-funded discrimination in the workplace.”