LAS CRUCES, N.M. (April 7, 2021) - On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, met with Santa Teresa Port of Entry officials to discuss how expanding hours, infrastructure and operations at the port can create more trade and economic opportunities for southern New Mexico. Here is a statement from the Senator's office:
“I've been proud to work with business and community leaders to build public-private partnerships and secure millions of dollars in federal funds to facilitate international trade at New Mexico’s ports of entry,” said Heinrich. “When we expand hours, infrastructure, and operations at the Santa Teresa port of entry, we create more trade opportunities and keep New Mexico’s vibrant border and business communities thriving. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will fight to ensure New Mexico’s ports of entry, such as Santa Teresa, receive critical infrastructure funding and are operating at full capacity.”
Senator Heinrich fought to include a reauthorization of the Donations Acceptance Program (DAP) in last year’s end of year spending package to strengthen New Mexico’s ports of entry. Because of the DAP reauthorization, a donation from TPI Composites will allow Santa Teresa to alter its infrastructure and allow newer and larger wind blades to enter the port.
Senator Heinrich has also expressed optimism in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, that calls for large investments in America’s land ports of entry.