Economy & Jobs

Too many people in Washington, D.C. think that if the stock market is going up, the economy is in good shape. But that’s not the reality for working families. The way we should measure the success of the economy is if parents can afford to send their kids to college, entrepreneurs can start new businesses, and workers are able to retire with peace of mind.

As a member of the Joint Economic Committee, I am focused on building an economy that works for everyone—not just a select few. My number one priority is not only continuing to grow our economy, but also ensuring that we 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, advanced manufacturing and clean energy industries, I remain deeply committed to strengthening New Mexico’s middle class. 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 is willing to work hard to support their family and their community can find a job that supports them.

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  • NM Delegation Announces Funding for Arrowhead Center for Tribal Businesses, Entrepreneurship Hands-On Support through NMSU and Navajo Technical University

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University. Read More


  • NM Delegation Announces Funding for Arrowhead Center for Tribal Businesses, Entrepreneurship Hands-On Support through NMSU and Navajo Technical University

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University. Read More


  • In Key Hearing, Heinrich Calls For Forward-Looking Legislation To Advance America’s Energy Industry And Workforce

    Nov. 6, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks on legislative efforts to modernize America's electric grid, boost innovations through technology transfer programs with national laboratories, and create energy workforce development opportunities across the country. Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simons testified on eleven separate bills. Read More


  • In Key Hearing, Heinrich Calls For Improvements To Recreational Permitting Process, Grow Outdoor Recreation Economy

    Oct. 31, 2019) - Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the bipartisan Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, legislation U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access public lands, and grow the outdoor recreation industry, which is a major economic driver in New Mexico, particularly in rural communities. Read More


  • Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan GROWTH Act to Generate Workforce Opportunities

    Oct. 21, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to introduce S. 2620, the Generating Real Opportunities for Workforce Training and Hiring (GROWTH) Act. This bipartisan legislation will support career and technical education opportunities, consistent communication between career and technical education institutions regarding curriculum, and the importance for elementary and secondary education institutions to highlight enrollment in these professions as desirable high-skill, high wage occupations. U.S. Representative Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Read More


  • TOMORROW: In Key JEC Hearing, Heinrich Will Urge Congress To Rethink Methods Of Measuring Economic Growth

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 2:15 p.m. ET/12 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in the Joint Economic Committee hearing, "Measuring Economic Inequality in the United States," to discuss the shortcomings in measurements of inequality and possible solutions for better understanding how the benefits of economic growth are divided. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Say Lowering Tariffs, Improving U.S.-India Trade Relationship Would Help American Pecan Growers

    Sept. 23, 2019) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) and 10 other senators on Friday in sending a letter encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize a reduction in pecan tariffs as the Trump Administration continues trade negotiations with India. New Mexico is the nation's leading pecan-producing state. The state's production was estimated to be 90 million pounds last year. Read More


  • Heinrich’s Clean Energy Jobs Act Receives Key Hearing

    Sept. 13, 2019) - The Clean Energy Jobs Act (S. 2393), introduced by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) received a hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy. The bill establishes a comprehensive, nationwide program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create a well-trained workforce of engineers. This program would improve education and training for careers in energy-related industries, especially for minorities and other underrepresented groups in New Mexico. Read More


  • Heinrich Fights For Pathway To Affordable College

    Sept. 12, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans. The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich's initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico. Read More


  • VIDEO: In Joint Economic Hearing, Heinrich Calls For Two-Generation Approach To Increase Opportunities For Families Living In Poverty

    Sept. 10, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined fellow colleagues on the Joint Economic Committee for a hearing, "Making it More Affordable to Raise a Family," to highlight taking a two-generation approach to increase opportunities for families living in poverty through programs that target both parents and children. Senator Heinrich also discussed the need for paid family leave and closing the gender wage gap. Read More