Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Udall: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, today reported that the Senate has passed key defense legislation that includes significant funding for New Mexico’s military installations and national laboratories that provide critical support of the nation’s defense. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate 68-29 […]

Press release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

Bingaman talks with New Mexico radio reporters about health care reform legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio about health care reform legislation being debated in Congress. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman080309m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman gives a brief overview of the Senate’s schedule this week. 01:38 – Bingaman talks […]

Press release: Bingaman to discuss health care legislation at the White House

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters about the Senate’s work to write comprehensive health care legislation and about going to the White House to discuss this important topic.

Letters to the editor: Energy bill disaster for taxpayers

While the mainstream press is focusing our attention on waterboarding and enhanced interrogation, be aware that cap and trade legislation may come up for a vote shortly.

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications The late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the coercive […]

Bingaman and Udall introduce legislation requiring public health care choice

Bingaman bill addresses mental illness among children

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today introduced legislation aimed at ramping up the number of mental health professionals who specialize in treating children and adolescents.

Sabinoso wilderness legislation now headed to president’s desk

Legislation to designate more than 16,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness is now headed to President Obama to sign into law. The public lands package, including the Sabinoso Wilderness Act, passed the House today by a vote of 285 – 140.

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Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Ute Water Project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, […]

Senate again passes Udall proposal to create Sabinoso Wilderness Area

By a vote of 77-20, the U.S. Senate today passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness.

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Editorial: Legislation names can be deceiving

The fine art of giving official names to pieces of legislation is usually an exercise in propaganda and often enough verges on deception. But few legislative proposals bear as Orwellian a moniker as the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) also known as “card check,” whose transparent purpose is to undermine free choice. And that […]

Bingaman introduces bill to fund wildfire fighting efforts

U.S. Jeff Bingaman this week introduced legislation that takes a big step to help ensure that adequate funding is available to help fight wildfires. Bingaman’s bill, called the “Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act,” would create a separate account to pay for fighting large, complex wildland fires. The move would prevent the Forest […]

FY09 Omnibus bill headed to president with $44 million in Udall requested investments

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today praised the long-overdue Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, saying the legislation includes $44 million to support important project investments he requested to benefit New Mexico. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed. “This legislation includes essential funding for investments […]

Udall, bipartisan group of senators joing to support families of severely disabled vets

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to provide essential support services to family caregivers of severely disabled servicemembers and veterans.

Dogs dangerous?

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alex Penland and her 2-year-old pitbull Bella play together during Penland’s lunch break from her work as a veterinarian assistant. Penland said Bella doesn’t bark or growl and likes to spend her time watching things through her own dog-height Sharna Johnson A new twist proposed for an old law would […]