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.

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  • Udall & Heinrich: Major Public Lands Package with Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins Signed Into Law

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a sweeping bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Río Grande del Norte National Monument, was signed into law. The historic package of over 100 land and water conservation bills will protect and expand our nation's public lands and natural resources, strengthen local economies, and designate over a million acres as wilderness across the country, including 273,000 acres in New Mexico alone.     Read More


  • LoadPath wins $15M Air Force contract

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque-based LoadPath LLC won a $14.9 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base to assist in research and development of advanced components and systems for satellites. Read More


  • Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Secures $3 Million Grant Match for Southwest Chief

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) – all senators who represent states through which the Southwest Chief route runs – today announced that Amtrak at long last will provide $3 million in matching funds to complete the federal TIGER IX grant awarded in January of 2018 for safety upgrades and maintenance on the train's route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Announces $1.05 Million to Diversify and Strengthen Regional Economies

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small announced five grants totaling $1,050,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to develop effective strategies that will diversify and strengthen regional economies across New Mexico. The awards were funded through the DOC's Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will support the development and implementation of comprehensive economic development strategies (CEDS), which are designed to bring together the public and private sectors to stimulate the economy and create jobs through regional planning. The funding, which is comprised of five $210,000 grants, is part of EDA’s annual commitment to strengthen communities, businesses, and residents in 22 New Mexico counties.  Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Secure Historic New Mexico Conservation Wins in Public Lands Package

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a historic bipartisan public lands package that includes several New Mexico conservation priorities championed by Udall and Heinrich, including landmark legislation to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), along with three major bills to establish wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The historic package of over 100 land and water conservation bills, which will protect and expand our nation's public lands and natural resources, and strengthen local economies, passed the Senate by a vote of 92-8. The bill must now be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives before being signed into law by the president.    Read More


  • Heinrich Champions Major Public Lands Package On Senate Floor

    Feb. 6, 2019) -Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, spoke on the Senate Floor in support of a package of bipartisan public lands legislation that includes major conservation victories for New Mexico. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Luj├ín Announce Over $2 Million in Federal Funding to Connect Underserved Youth in NM to Education and Job Opportunities

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,090,258 in funding to two YouthBuild programs in northern New Mexico - $990,258 to HELP New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque and $1,100,000 to YouthWorks in Santa Fe — that work to connect underserved or at-risk young people to educational opportunities, employment, and job training. YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities. Read More