Economy & Jobs

My number one priority is not only continuing to grow our economy, but ensuring that we again create good jobs that pay workers a fair and livable wage.

From making college affordable, to strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, to growing our diverse, high-tech, innovative and clean energy industries, I remain deeply committed to strengthening New Mexico’s middle class, which is central to a thriving economy.

We must restore the basic bargain on which this country was built – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead. I won’t stop fighting until every New Mexican who wants a job can find one.


  • Udall, Heinrich Sound Alarm: Trump Shutdown Threatens Wildfire Preparedness

    Jan. 15, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich pressed President Trump and congressional Republicans to end their shutdown of the federal government, sounding the alarm about the growing impacts on wildfire preparedness as funding continues to delay critical firefighter training and wildfire prevention programs. Read More

  • Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

    Jan. 14, 2019) - As President Trump's shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown. According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay. Read More

  • President’s shutdown hurting NM

    New Mexico families are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our federal workers, our economy and basic government services hostage to his political gamesmanship. Read More

  • U.S. Sen. Heinrich co-sponsors bill to protect federal employees' homes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - Many federal employees affected by the shutdown are likely concerned that they will not be able to pay their largest bills, mortgages, car loans and even student loans. Now, one of New Mexico's US Senators says he's working on legislation to protect them, while they wait for the government to reopen. Read More

  • On First Day Employees are Missing Paychecks, Udall & Heinrich Fight to Protect Federal Workers and Contractors Stiffed Out of Pay Due to Trump Shutdown

    WASHINGTON - As hundreds of thousands of federal workers miss their first paychecks today due to the Trump shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that ensures that impacted federal and other government workers will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, S.24, would guarantee that affected employees - including those forced to work without pay and those locked out of their jobs during the shutdown — will get paid as soon federal agencies reopen. The bill also clarifies that employees who had previously scheduled approved leave occurring during the shutdown may take that leave without undue penalty. The House of Representatives also passed S. 24 today, sending it to the president for his signature. Read More

  • Luján, Udall, Heinrich, and Lujan Grisham Fight For New Mexico’s Farmers And Ranchers Impacted By Natural Disasters

    Today, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) sent a letter to the New Mexico State Farm Service Agency's office about the proposed 2018 County Expected Yield/T-Yield for Rio Arriba County. The lawmakers expressed concern that the process to determine the T-Yield value is inconsistent with previous years and would have a negative impact on farmers and ranchers. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Secure Major Wins for NM Farmers, Ranchers, Dairies, and Tribes in Farm Bill

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined their colleagues in the Senate to pass the final 2018 Farm Bill – major legislation that will send needed assistance to New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and support every county in the state by protecting the farm safety net and basic social services, while also making strategic investments in broadband access, clean drinking water, rural development, telemedicine, and more. The Farm Bill, which serves as the federal government's primary tool to provide agricultural funding and set food policy for the next five years, passed the Senate by a vote of 87-13. The bill must now be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and be signed into law by the president.  Read More

  • Heinrich Cosponsors Bill To Grow Workforce In Rural Communities

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is an original cosponsor of the Invest in America Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) to create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation-especially in rural communities. The bill would establish two complementary grant programs through the Department of Labor to assist local and regional entities plan and implement efforts to support job creation and workforce training in areas experiencing economic difficulties. Read More