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Senate Leader Calls For Resignation Of Human Services Secretary

Sep 25, 2013

Santa Fe—Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29-Valencia, Bernalillo) today called for the resignation of Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier.  This follows a report of an email written by Secretary Squier on September 17, 2013 stating, “…[T]here has never been and is not now any significant evidence of hunger in New Mexico….”

It is incomprehensible that the Eastern District of Louisiana district court today accepted a plea deal calling for a $14 billion company to pay just $200,000 for intentionally destroying evidence related to the worst offshore oil spill in our country’s history.

What a travesty.

Pearce: End Federal Funding Of Health Insurance For Congress And Congressional Staff

Sep 18, 2013
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Responding to overwhelming opposition from New Mexicans to loopholes that exempt members of Congress from Obamacare, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce today offered an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) that prohibits federal funding from being used to subsidize healthcare plans for Members of Congress or their staffs.

El Paso State Senator Calls For Federal Investigation Of Texas Schools

Sep 18, 2013
Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez has asked the U.S. Department of Education to open a statewide investigation of all Texas school districts to determine how many other districts have implemented policies similar to those used at the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) to circumvent the federal accountability system.

       

 

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops continue to study the legal and moral implications of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and to “develop avenues of response that would both preserve our strong unity and protect our consciences,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a September 17 letter to bishops. His letter followed the September 10-11 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee, the top ranking USCCB body outside a plenary session.

Department Of Health Advises New Mexicans: Avoid Standing Water

Sep 16, 2013

The New Mexico Department of Health advises New Mexicans to be aware of the hazards of standing water. 

Flood water and standing water pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. Be aware flood water may contain sewage.

Flood waters may also contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection. 

The heavy rain has left large amounts of standing water throughout the state, and with rain forecasted to continue this week, excess water is expected to be slow to evaporate.

Pearce Votes To Limit Fraud

Sep 12, 2013
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act.  If the Administration goes forward with the implementation of Obamacare, H.R. 2775 demands that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) verify the eligibility of subsidy applicants.

Department Of Health Urges New Mexicans To Pledge To Prepare

Sep 12, 2013

With heavy rains causing flooding in parts of the state, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are urging residents to remember emergencies, whether natural disasters or man-made, can happen suddenly in any community.

Almost any type of emergency can have an impact on health.

Pearce Sponsors Bill To Prevent Funding Of Syria Intervention

Sep 10, 2013
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Washington, DC (September 10, 2013) - Responding to an overwhelming outcry from New Mexicans against action in Syria, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce today cosponsored H.J. Res. 58.  The resolution prohibits  the use of funds available to any United States Government department or agency for the use of force in, or directed at, Syria by the United States Armed Forces.

Heinrich Announces Support For Syria Intervention

Sep 10, 2013
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Dear Friends,

The last week has been the most difficult I have experienced in my more than eight years in public office.  What I share with you now will not win me any popularity awards, and some of you may well never forgive me for my decision today. All I ask is that you read this entire letter and seek to understand how I came to make this decision. 

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7.

Veronica C. García, Ed.D., Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement on the vote by the Las Cruces City Council to raise the gross receipts tax to make up revenue lost due to the omnibus tax bill—which cut taxes for profitable corporations without any requirement to create jobs—that was passed in the last moments of the 2013 legislative session:

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  It is no secret that New Mexico is heavily dependent on federal investment. According to the Tax Foundation, New Mexico gets more federal money per tax dollar than any other state. At a time when federal spending is under a microscope and our national debt is increasingly unacceptable, it is critical for New Mexico to look for opportunities to create jobs in the private sector.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce criticized the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to expand the recovery program for the Mexican Gray Wolf in Arizona and New Mexico.

Pearce: Congressional Approval Needed For Action In Syria

Aug 29, 2013
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce and over one hundred of his colleagues in the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the President  urging him to “consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.”

Taking The Good With The Bad

Aug 6, 2013

Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz shares a powerful personal story in "Taking The Good With The Bad."

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  By. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

New Mexico's remarkable spirit is rooted in our diversity, our history, and our culture, which has always been enriched by our immigrant communities and family members. At the same time, the laws that govern our country's immigration system are antiquated and ineffective.

Fixing our broken immigration system is an urgent priority -- especially for our state.

Washington, DC (August 2, 2013) – U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce this week voted on a series of bills which his office states are designed to hold government accountable.

Washington, DC (July 31, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013.   Pearce is a cosponsor of the bill.   

From the Office of Congressman Steve Pearce:

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 5, the Student Success Act of 2013. 

Rosie The Riveter Lives In Hatch Valley

Jul 18, 2013

  In this month's edition of The Age Spot, Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz says....Rosie The Riveter lives in Hatch Valley.

From the Office Of Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2):

 

Hatch Library On The Right Track

May 31, 2013

  In this month's edition of the Age Spot, Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz visits the Hatch Library.

From the Office of Rep. Steve Pearce:

 

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce announced his introduction of H.R. 1512, a bill to change the monument designation process by requiring that all future designations are approved by Congress, through the legislative process, with input from Americans.

 

We Stand On Common Ground

Apr 15, 2013

An Earth Day message from Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz.

Statement from the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce

Watch Hatchlings Spread Their Wings

Feb 27, 2013

  Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz with this month's edition of the Age Spot.

The Life And Times of Arturo Flores

Feb 27, 2013

  Las Cruces Sun News columnist Claudette Ortiz with this month's edition of the Age Spot.

Las Cruces and Gallup – New Mexico GLBTQ Centers responded today to the defeat in the New Mexico House Voters and Elections Committee of HJR3, the marriage equality amendment.

 

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