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.


  • Heinrich Stands With Tribal Leaders In Demanding Meeting With Secretary Zinke To Protect Bears Ears

    Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, calls on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to meet with the Bears Ears Commission in Utah and discuss the importance and management of the Bear Ears National Monument to the tribes. The Bears Ears Commission, composed of five sovereign tribes, including the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, sent a letter today to Secretary Zinke requesting the meeting amid reports that the Trump administration may be considering actions to reduce the size of the monument or to eliminate it entirely. Senator Heinrich released the following statement: Read More

  • Members Of N.M. Delegation Introduce Healthy Families Act To Allow Workers To Earn Paid Sick Days

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. Read More

  • An American Success Story

    Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Pimentel & Sons Guitarmakers, a family-owned small business that has built handcrafted instruments--including the official State Guitar of New Mexico--for the last 65 years. Generations of musicians have played and appreciated the world-renowned Pimentel guitars that capture the spirit and culture of New Mexico. … 

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  • Protect Homeland Security Training At FLETC

    The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia serves as the leading training site for the brave men and women who are our nation's first line of defense against homeland security threats. I have consistently fought for essential investments in FLETC's vital homeland security missions, and I helped lead bipartisan legislation to reauthorize those missions last year. … 

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  • Protect homeland security training at FLETC-Artesia

    I have consistently fought for essential investments in FLETC's vital homeland security missions, which is why I was stunned when President Trump floated the idea of eliminating a key program at FLETC as a part of his proposed budget in order to pay for a wall on the border that media reports estimate will cost as much as $21 billion. Read More

  • New Mexico stands up for public lands

    In the face of new threats from the Trump administration and public land giveaway bills introduced in state legislatures across the West and increasingly in Congress, I joined the community in Taos last month to celebrate and stand up for the Rio Grande del Norte and all of our national monuments and public lands in New Mexico and across the country. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Question ICE Acting Director Homan on Constituent Concerns Surrounding ICE Deportation, Enforcement Measures

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich spoke with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan to express the deep concerns of New Mexico communities. The senators demanded answers about ICE deportation measures in the wake of President Trump's immigration executive orders, and sought assurances that New Mexicans can continue to receive health care and other essential services without fear of deportation. The senators also called on Homan to ensure that ICE focuses its limited resources on apprehending and deporting violent criminals, instead of innocent people who pose no threat to their communities or our nation, and secured a commitment that ICE will hold community engagement meetings with stakeholders in New Mexico. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Announce Funds to Develop Infrastructure Improvements In Southwest New Mexico Near Columbus Port of Entry

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (NM-D) and Martin Heinrich (NM-D) announced a $500,000 economic development grant for infrastructure improvements on a key state highway connecting Southwest New Mexico to the Mexican border. The grant funds a study to determine ways to upgrade a 36-mile stretch along State Highway 11 that leads to the Columbus Port of Entry, a major entryway for goods, commerce, and commuters. The results of the study will be used to improve security, encourage trade and tourism, and create jobs in Southern New Mexico by facilitating greater transportation and upgrading outdated infrastructure. Read More