Joining with at least 11 other senators Tuesday, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced they will be co-sponsoring Senator Bernie Sanders landmark Medicare For All bill. The bill seeks to implement a single-payer healthcare system in the United States. similar to all other industrialized countries around the world.
New Mexico is one of many states suffering from an opioid epidemic. Stories about states battling the grips of overdose and the overwhelming instances of treatment, hospitalization, and death of addicts have been the focus of national media lately.
The country took a pause Wednesday morning as they waited, glued to TV and Twitter, for news from the GOP Congressional baseball team practice shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. New Mexico’s lone Republican member of Congress was at the field when shots rang out and he gave a first-hand account via video shortly thereafter. New Mexico’s Senators and other Congresspersons offered their own takes as well as news filtered out. Here’s a look. New Mexico’s Federal Delegation Responds to #Shooting
And Congressman Pearce gave his own account of being pinned down by the shooter.
This tax season, we should be finding ways to save taxpayer dollars, not giving the oil and gas industry a pass to waste our money and pollute our air. We need our elected officials to stand up for us, not for the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry. Drillers in western states dump millions of tons of methane – a greenhouse gas more powerful than CO2 and dangerous to the air we breathe – into our air each year. Like other mineral royalties in the west, drillers are supposed to pay royalties on the public resources they drill – but they don’t pay if they vent it into the air.
An Obama-era rule required them to cap the leaks and stop venting public resources and royalties they owe us.
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.
Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, along with family and companies associated with her, donated at least $12,000 to Susana Martinez’s campaign for re-election in 2014. Fast-forward to 2017 and DeVos became Donald Trump’s surprise nominee to head the US Dept. of Education and Martinez stepped in to help. On January 4, 2017 Gov. Susana Martinez ‘s name appeared on a letter of recommendation for Betsy DeVos published in the Investor’s Business Daily – a magazine for business leaders, not educators. “Betsy DeVos is the right person for the job.”
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
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.
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.
Everyone is talking about this week’s elections. Donald Trump in the White House. Progressive Democrats are set to lead the State House. What does it all mean? It’s probably too early to tell, but that doesn’t mean political junkies aren’t already thinking about the next election.