Senator Martin Heinrich Announces Funding Secured For NM Community Projects. See Where the Money Will Go

By:  The Paper Staff

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced almost $160 million in Congressionally Directed Spending he worked to secure for 75 local projects across New Mexico in the historic bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Agreement for Fiscal Year 2022. The legislation will now need to be voted on by both the Senate and the House.

The $1.5 trillion omnibus was released Wednesday night and includes a 6.7 percent increase for non-defense discretionary programs, the largest increase in four years. The bill funds critical programs to lower costs for families, support veterans and invest in national security. Heinrich fought to include investments in science and research, health care, veterans, affordable housing, education, public safety, conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, supporting mental health and combatting the opioid epidemic, and Tribes, among other priorities.

Heinrich secured funding for a total of 75 local projects in New Mexico. These projects range from $1 million for a new fire station for the Village of Questa to nearly $1 million for New Mexico State University’s Initiative on Carbon Management and Soil Health in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments, to $1 million for Off the Grid Solar Projects at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and $1 million for the Victim Intervention Project at the Albuquerque Police Department.

“We have been working hand-in-hand with communities in every corner of New Mexico to ensure that more federal dollars find their way to New Mexico. I took a proactive approach to seek out local projects that will truly have an impact on New Mexicans’ lives—everything from roads, emergency services, waste and water infrastructure for Tribal communities, support for small businesses, education opportunities, and more,” said Heinrich.

A summary of the omnibus by subcommittee is available below:

A full list of community project funding secured by Heinrich is below:

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

The 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill provides discretionary funding of $25.125 billion – an increase of $1.426 billion, 6% – above 2021.

Senator Heinrich secured $4,089,000 in funding for seven local projects that include:

  • $1,000,000 for the Village of Questa to build a new fire station
  • $995,000 for New Mexico State University’s Initiative on Carbon Management and Soil Health in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments
  • $950,000 for the Sunland Park public safety complex
  • $890,000 for a distance learning and telemedicine project at New Mexico’s state and Tribal libraries
  • $104,000 for a telemedicine project through Ben Archer Health Center
  • $100,000 for Indigenous Farm Hub regenerative farming
  • $50,000 for the New Mexico Public Schools and Community Gardens Small Farmers & Ranchers Training Initiative in Bernalillo County

For more information on these local projects click here.

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

The 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding bill provides $75.8 billion. $9.9 billion in net discretionary funding for the Department of Commerce, an increase of $989 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.

Senator Heinrich secured $7,805,000 in funding for ten local projects that include:

  • $1,821,000 to expand the ZiaMet MesoNet Weather Monitoring Network at New Mexico State University
  • $1,471,000 for the City of Albuquerque Police Department’s Gunshot Detection System
  • $1,000,000 for support services provided by Albuquerque Crossroads for Women and Maya’s Place
  • $1,000,000 Albuquerque Trauma Recovery Center for Victims of Violent Crime
  • $575,000 for the City of Carlsbad to acquire, equip, furnish, and install a mobile command center for the Carlsbad Police Department
  • $400,000 for the City of Carlsbad to provide first responders with new radio and communications equipment
  • $435,000 for the City of Albuquerque Police Department’s Public Safety ECHO Project
  • $379,000 for Sandoval County Sherriff’s Office to purchase new laptop computers
  • $374,000 for the University of New Mexico’s Decedent Image Database
  • $350,000 for Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office’s Rapid DNA Program

For more information on these local projects click here.

Energy and Water Development

The 2022 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill provides $54.97 billion, an increase of $3.2 billion above the fiscal year 2021 enacted level.

Senator Heinrich secured $20,700,000 in funding for six local projects that include:

  • $17,400,000 for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Project
  • $1,500,000 for Acequias Environmental Infrastructure
  • $1,000,000 for Off the Grid Solar Projects at the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
  • $500,000 for Workforce Development Supporting Blue and Green Hydrogen at the San Juan College School of Energy
  • $250,000 for an Updated Renewable Energy Development Feasibility Study for the Pueblo of Zia
  • $50,000 for the Electric Vehicle Technician Training Program at the San Juan College School of Energy

For more information on these local projects click here.

Financial Services and General Government

The 2022 Financial Services and General Government funding bill includes $25.5 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion over 2021.

Senator Heinrich secured $1,449,000 in funding for seven local projects that include

  • $500,000 for the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry to conduct a feasibility study
  • $242,000 for a Native American Advancement and Development (NEAD) Initiative
  • $200,000 to support rural communities and businesses through the Arrowhead Center’s Community Entrepreneurship Program
  • $200,000 for New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Sprint Accelerator
  • $123,000 for a New Mexico Small Business Development Center Program to support Native American microbusinesses with e-commerce
  • $107,000 for the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Technology Commercialization Accelerator at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • $77,000 for the New Mexico Small Business Development Center to support a Spanish Speaking Business Advisor position assigned to Doña Ana Community College

For more information on these local projects click here.

Homeland Security

The 2022 Homeland Security funding bill provides $81.1 billion in discretionary resources, including $77.9 billion for non-defense programs; $3.2 billion for defense-related programs; and $18.8 billion for major disaster response and recovery activities. When excluding offsetting collections and major disaster funding, the total provided in the bill is $57.5 billion, which is $5 billion above the budget request and $5.6 billion above the FY2021 enacted level.

Senator Heinrich secured $4,000,000 in funding for three local projects that include:

  • $1,500,000 for an emergency operations center for Doña Ana County
  • $1,500,000 for an emergency operations center for Luna County
  • $1,000,000 for a flood mitigation project at the Columbus Port of Entry

For more information on these local projects click here.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

The 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, includes $38 billion, an increase of $1.893 billion over the 2021 enacted level. There is also an additional $2.45 billion of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment.

Senator Heinrich secured $7,896,000 in funding for five local projects that include:

  • $4,000,000 to open 5,035 acres of newly accessible land in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
  • $1,300,000 for New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Cimarron Range Fire Protection Project
  • $1,000,000 for the New Mexico Reforestation Center at New Mexico Highlands University
  • $889,000 for Santa Clara Pueblo Waste Disposal and Sanitation Project
  • $707,000 for Santa Clara Pueblo to repair and rehabilitate existing water systems

For more information on these local projects click here.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

The 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill provides $213.6 billion, an increase of $15.3 billion – 7.7% – above 2021.

Senator Heinrich secured $15,918,000 in funding for 16 local projects that include:

  • $4,100,000 for a new collaboration with five northern community colleges to form the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS)
  • $2,000,000 for the New Mexico Longitudinal Data System (NMLDS) Project, a collaboration with the New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department, the New Mexico Higher Education Department, and the New Mexico Public Education Department to address achievement gaps in education
  • $1,800,000 for the New Mexico Foundation, through ABC Community School Partnership, to provide technical assistance to small and rural school districts to implement a Statewide Community Schools strategy
  • $1,500,000 to renovate research facilities at the University of New Mexico
  • $1,073,000 to expand the Allied Health Program at Clovis Community College
  • $1,000,000 to expand Presbyterian Medical Services’ Carlsbad Federal Health Clinic
  • $950,000 for Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors to advance two-generation strategies
  • $750,000 for New Mexico State University’s Artificial Intelligence Educational Pipeline (AIEP) Program
  • $700,000 for the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department to hire new providers to support persons ages 12-25 with or at-risk of having substance use problems or co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • $473,000 for COVID-19 home visitation analysis at the University of New Mexico
  • $450,000 for New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division to provide services to individuals with substance use disorders
  • $343,000 for Western New Mexico University’s Outdoor Leadership Degree Program
  • $300,000 for New Mexico State University to implement the STEM Connected Communities (STEM-C2) project
  • $160,000 for Many Mothers and The Birthing Tree to create a community parent center in Santa Fe
  • $148,000 for Ngage New Mexico and the Doña Ana County Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coalition for an early childhood education initiative
  • $125,000 to expand STEM and Health programs with the New Mexico Black Leadership Council
  • $46,000 for New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.’s Underserved Child Abuse Work Group

For more information on these local projects click here.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

The 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provides $284.6 billion, an increase of $32.7 billion – more than 13% – above 2021. Of this amount, discretionary funding for programs such as Veterans’ health care and military construction totals $127.6 billion, an increase of $14.4 billion above 2021.

Senator Heinrich, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, secured $66,874,000 in investments that will strengthen New Mexico’s military installations, bolster state renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and support veterans in the state and throughout the country.

Heinrich secured $66,874,000 in funding for 8 local projects that include:

  • $40,000,000 towards the MQ-9 Formal Training Unit Operations Facility at Holloman Air Force Base
  • $5,600,000 for the construction of the Wyoming Gate Project at Kirtland Air Force Base
  • $5,568,000 in additional Planning and Design funding for a 192-bed dormitory at Cannon Air Force Base
  • $5,976,000 to support additional Planning and Design work for a Deployment Processing Center at Cannon Air Force Base
  • $5,280,000 to support the construction of a dedicated facility for the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) at Kirtland Air Force Base
    $810,000 for Planning and Design work for the PJ/CRO Urban Training Complex at Kirtland Air Force Base
  • $2,340,000 to increase Air Force Planning and Design funding for an Indoor Target Flip Facility at Holloman Air Force Base
  • $1,300,000 in additional funding for Planning and Design work for the Army to advance the construction of a facility supporting test and evaluation of Precision Long-Range Fires at White Sands Missile Range

For more information on these local projects click here.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

The 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill provides funding of $81 billion, an increase of $6.4 billion – more than 8% – above 2021. This includes a discretionary increase of $4 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and $1.6 billion for the Department of Transportation. In total, the bill provides $157 billion in budgetary resources, an increase of $20.3 billion above 2021.

Heinrich secured $28,500,000 in funding for 13 local projects that include:

  • $3,500,000 for reconstruction of I-25 La Bajada in Santa Fe County
  • $3,500,000 for I-25 Comanche/Montgomery Interchanges
  • $3,500,000 for Downtown Clovis Reconstruction Project
  • $2,750,000 for NM 404 widening project from I-10 to NM 213
  • $2,500,000 for US 84 Full Depth Reclamation between Ft. Sumner and Santa Rosa
  • $2,250,000 for Doña Ana County International Jetport T-Hanger Expansion
  • $2,000,000 for Barelas Central Kitchen Street Food Institute
  • $2,000,000 for 2nd Street and Rio Bravo Reconstruction, Bernalillo County
  • $1,500,000 for NM 31/NM 128 Preliminary Engineering
  • $1,500,000 for Allison Road Corridor
  • $1,500,000 for Acoma Business Park, Pueblo of Acoma
  • $1,250,000 for Pinon Hills Extension Project, Right of Way, San Juan County
  • $750,000 for the Daniel Webster Inclusive Children’s Park in Albuquerque

For more information on these local projects click here.