Editorial: Budget cuts at Congress’ disposal

Boy, oh boy, he sure sounded like the stern avatar of fiscal responsibility. “We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits do not matter and waste is not our problem,” President Obama said. “We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration — or the […]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power […]

Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Money agency decisions aren’t governments

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve Board have begun a full-court press to get Congress to expand the federal government’s power to be able to seize nonbank financial institutions — insurance companies, hedge funds, investment banks, private equity firms — that run into trouble. This is such a bad idea it’s […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened educational opportunity to […]

Bingaman: Congress approves bull that funds Labs, key New Mexico projects

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the U.S. Senate gave final approval to a spending bill that contains funding for New Mexico’s labs and other key initiatives in the state. The FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill would fund the work of most federal agencies through September.

Rep. Lujan’s Statement on the President’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

Clovis readies projects for stimulus package

Gabriel Monte As Congress debates the size of an economic stimulus package aimed at creating jobs by funding “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, Clovis is working to get two projects ready for the bill, according to city officials. City Manager Joe Thomas said replacing the Hull Street overpass and improving the city’s wastewater treatment plant are two […]

Congress delays DTV conversion

CNJ staff Television viewers who haven’t purchased a digital converter box yet can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a congressional act extending the transition. But Clovis viewers will probably get only a handful of digital signals when the switch does happen. And that means buying special convertor boxes to continue receiving free network […]

TRICARE cost increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows why some military retirees and veterans could face higher out-of-pocket costs if the Obama administration and Congress take bold moves to reform the U.S. health system and to make federal health programs more efficient. Among 115 “options” presented, though not endorsed, […]

Ute Water Project reaches delay

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Some delays are inevitable for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, such as in Washington, D.C. Some delays it would like to avoid, such as in Santa Fe. Authority members found out an omnibus bill that included authorization for the Ute Water Project will not be introduced in […]

Screening process under scrutiny

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Under pressure from Congress and following the Army’s lead, the Department of Defense has imposed a more rigorous screening process on the services for separating troubled members due to “personality disorder.” The intent is to ensure that, in the future, no members who suffer from wartime stress get tagged with […]

Congress oversees too many issues

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune in 1992 that is even more pertinent now, with the recent publication of George Mason University economist professor Bryan Caplan’s book, “The Myth of the Rational Voter.” Here is the gist of my column, only slightly edited: From various celebrities […]

Lujan hosting town halls

Ben Ray Lujan, Democratic nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District, is holding town halls on Saturday in Tucumcari and Portales. Both town halls are open to the public. Tucumcari • 11 a.m., Pow Wow Restaurant, 801 W. Tucumcari Blvd. Portales • 2 p.m., Portales Memorial Building, 200 East 7th St.

Editorial: Bailout enables risky behavior

It seems ironic that both houses of Congress approved spending more than $700 billion to bail out financial companies in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month we are flooded with information about the problem of abuse, and are warned about the dangers of codependency and enabling. Often that information comes […]

Housing aid fails, despite best intentions

Freedom New Mexico Most of what Congress does is ill-advised. But when Congress is in a hurry to appear especially active and responsive to a perceived crisis, it is likely to go beyond ill-advised to downright boneheaded. It is becoming increasingly obvious that several aspects of the bill passed in response to the decline in […]

Best option for senator is resignation

Freedom New Mexico It is ironic how often great malefactors get tripped up on matters that seem picayune by comparison. Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens has for decades had a reputation as one of the most shameless, unapologetic and relentless pork barrelers in Congress. Sen. Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate — since […]

Tapping reserve wrong approach to oil conflict

Freedom New Mexico L iberals in Congress have gone out of their

Meaningful guest-worker program needed

Freedom New Mexico One might expect a crowd of cattle at the National Cattle Congress Fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa. Instead, today’s visitor to the cattle grounds would see hundreds of mostly Hispanic workers, herded into the fairgrounds cattle-style to live as prisoners in a modern American internment camp. And why are they here? They’re herded […]

Improved health benefits on way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a […]