Press release: Senator discusses green infrastructure for Clean Water Act, Small Business Lending Fund Act, Wall Street reform and comprehensive immigration reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about new legislation he recently introduced called the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act. He also discussed pending small business and jobs legislation and this week’s anticipated final vote on Wall Street reform in the Senate. To listen to the audio, click here. […]

Press release: Bingaman says health insurance reform law already benefiting New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased New Mexico is able to expand its ability to provide affordable health insurance coverage for high-risk uninsured residents – one of the first benefits of the newly enacted health insurance reform law Bingaman helped write. The law will provide at least $37 million to […]

Bingaman talks to New Mexico radio reporters about bill to reform offshore drilling, strengthen safety requirements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a bill that was approved today by the Energy Committee to reform drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and to reform the Minerals Management Service. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: […]

Reform backers score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Press release: Senator discusses Wall Street reform, oil spill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about the status of Wall Street reform in the Senate and his work to regulate the horseracing industry. Udall also discussed the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To listen to the audio, click here. Below […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, particularly energy and immigration. He and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer have worked the hardest to bringing immigration reform off […]

New urgency to immigration reform policy

Reports of deadly violence just across the Mexican border — in Matamoros, Mier, Reynosa and other cities — are starting to appear daily on the pages of the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. On bad days gunfire can be heard north of the border; stray bullets from one firefight even landed on the campus of the University […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

Letter to the editor: Lujan acted in my best interests

I want to thank my representative, Ben Ray Lujan, and all those who voted for health-care reform. With all the money being thrown at our senators and representatives by those who oppose reform, I think it is something of a miracle this bill made it through. Those who oppose reform for various misguided reasons might […]

Health reform could boost drug trade rings

Freedom New Mexico If the new health care law leads to long waits and deteriorating medical care, as many people expect, more Americans might be tempted to head across the border to Mexico for relief from minor or chronic illnesses. So Thursday’s announcement that the Mexican government plans to clamp down on non-prescription antibiotic sales […]