Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Press release: State Engineer closes Curry-Portales basins to new groundwater appropriations

The State Engineer has issued an order closing the High Plains aquifer in Curry-Portales Underground Water Basins (CPUWBs) to the filing of applications for new appropriations of ground water.

U.S. House approves $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base projects

Freedom New Mexico Nearly $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base was approved Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a release from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan , D-N.M. The FY 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act passed the House of Representatives by a 415-3 vote. Items for Cannon include: • […]

Over $1.1 million of Udall projects for health and education in New Mexico included in FY09 budget bil

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that an omnibus appropriations bill currently moving through Congress contains more than $1.1 million for New Mexico-specific health care and education projects. Udall worked to ensure that the projects were included in the bill when he served on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, […]

Udall: Projects in bill would spur economic development

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced legislative projects included in the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to spur economic development in New Mexico. The projects, which then-Rep. Udall requested for the state through the Appropriations process, include Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Small Business Development: Transportation: North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Bus Facility […]

Udall addresses key issues

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Courtesy photo Rep. Tom Udall is running for the seat currently held by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who is retiring. Rep. Tom Udall addressed the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday during a visit to the area. Udall, D-N.M., touched on legislative appropriations that would help eastern New Mexico, noting he serves […]

Sens. Bingaman, Domenici push for Cannon funding

CNJ Staff U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to […]

Cannon measure proposed

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C-130s are among the planes expected to be assigned to Cannon after the Special Ops transition. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. […]

Earmark errors won’t stop with Democrats

By Freedom Newspapers If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, […]

Second Chance Center should be first goal

By Anna Crook: Guest Columnist As a Republican legislator who has worked hard for my constituents and for the citizens of this state, I was appalled by the recent Channel 13 expose regarding the Second Chance Center in Albuquerque. It is unfortunate that some investigative reporters do not take the time to get their facts […]

Bills would benefit ENMU

Freedom Newspapers A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which […]

Congress’ finance reforms should start on inside

Freedom Newspapers The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal has Congress scrambling to drum up reform ideas, as the profligates attempt to repackage themselves as neo-Puritans. Most of these efforts, no doubt, will involve tinkering with the minutiae of lobbying rules, as if sinning lobbyists, rather than saintly members of Congress, are the problem. An even bigger […]

Domenici says key support for Cannon available

THE FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Tuesday received key support for ensuring the future of Cannon Air Force Base and set sights on finding federal legislation that can be used to bring a new mission to the base, a news release from his office said. Domenici met Tuesday with Sen. […]

Senate bill includes funds for Cannon

CNJ staff A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]