Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Plans for dormitory put on hold

Liliana Castillo Building projects at 21 bases across the country have been put on hold due to the budget stalemate in Congress. The list includes Cannon Air Force Base’s 96-room dormitory project. The Air Force Times reported that the stalemate has locked the Air Force into last year’s spending amounts and prevented the start of […]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal […]

Press release: Udall talks budget, Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the federal budget compromise that was reached late Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. He also discussed the bipartisan Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2011, legislation he reintroduced today. For the audio, click here. Below is a time key of […]

Press release: Bingaman talks budget deal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the budget agreement that was reached Friday night. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman041111m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the budget agreement that was reached Friday night. 04:11 – Bingaman […]

Press release: Bingaman talks candidates, budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a variety of issues. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman040411m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman comments on the growing list of New Mexico candidates running for Senate in 2012. 01:55 – Bingaman […]

School board discusses budget shortfall

Liliana Castillo State budget cuts mean a $750,000 shortfall in next year’s budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools. The district’s Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano presented the breakdown of the 1.5 percent budget cut handed down by the state Legislature during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Cano said the district will receive a 1.82 percent […]

Roch visits Tucumcari to discuss legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Dennis Roch addresses a crowd Sunday at Tucumcari City Hall. Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote […]

Press release: Udall talks Japan, budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the worsening crisis in Japan. He also gave a recap of his weekend visit with Senator Jeff Bingaman to Silver City, where they toured the wildfire damage, and reiterated his call for Congress to pass a long-term budget. To listen to the audio, […]

Press release: Udall discusses budget, Afghanistan, petroleum reserves

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the ongoing budget debate in Congress, the situation in Afghanistan and his thoughts on tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat rising gas prices. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 […]

Press release: Udall talks budget, gas prices, disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the budget debate in Congress this week. He also discussed how conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa are impacting gasoline prices in the United States. To listen to the audio, click here. Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Deceptive Obama budget still bloated

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget, the largest ever, at best temporarily would freeze, not reduce, federal spending, increase the deficit and the national debt to record highs while substantially raising taxes on large segments of the society. To say there’s not much to like is to grossly understate the case. “Americans […]

Press release: Udall discusses the gas crisis, President Obama’s budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the multi-agency response to this month’s gas crisis in northern New Mexico and efforts at the federal level to ensure it doesn’t happen again. He also gave his thoughts on President Obama’s budget proposal and discussed his airline passenger privacy amendment to […]

No money for Ute water project in 2012 budget

Kevin Wilson If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Lawmakers prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, chief of […]