Justice & Civil Liberties

America has made tremendous strides toward advancing and protecting our civil rights and liberties, but those rights are only real if every American benefits from them equally. From fighting for marriage equality, to protecting your right to privacy, to increasing transparency and accountability in government, to closing the gender wage gap, I will work to safeguard the rights of all New Mexicans. Together, we will create a fairer, more just tomorrow for our children.

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  • Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, along with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, led a group of Senate and House Democrats in re-introducing the Native American Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation that would provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans and Alaska Natives have equal access to the electoral process.  Udall led the introduction of the Native American Voting Rights Act last Congress. Read More


  • N.M. lawmakers target PFAS contamination

    Democratic Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with Rep. Ben Ray Luján introduced companion legislation to authorize the Defense Department to use funds to provide clean water for agricultural purposes to areas affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Read More


  • Wyden, Heinrich, Reed, Coons, Harris Reintroduce Bill Requiring Public Report on Khashoggi Murder by Saudi Arabia

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., introduced legislation today requiring a public report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The bill comes in response to the Trump administration's repeated refusal to release a public assessment about Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of Saudi officials. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Work To Close Gender Wage Gap

    Jan. 31, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by guaranteeing that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. The bill introduction comes 10 years after President Obama passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, marking an important step in the fight to end the gender wage gap. Read More


  • Heinrich: Act on energy, education

    SANTA FE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich called on state lawmakers Friday to pass legislation dealing with renewable energy, climate change and early childhood education during their ongoing 60-day legislation. Read More


  • Heinrich To Address Joint Session Of NM Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. - On Friday, January 25, at 12 p.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will address a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature to share his vision for the state and urge lawmakers to make bold investments in early childhood education, clean energy, and New Mexico families. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Harris, Gillibrand, Luján Demand Investigation into Death of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) wrote to leadership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding an immediate investigation into yet another tragic death of a child in U.S. custody, eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, near the U.S.-Mexico border – this time in Alamogordo, N.M. Felipe is the second child to die in CBP custody in December, following the tragic death of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin earlier this month. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Vote For Legislation To Reform Broken Criminal Justice System, Improve Public Safety

    Dec. 20, 2018) - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined the Senate in voting 87-12 to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, an important step in reforming America's federal prison and sentencing system to reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and promote safe communities. The legislation uses evidence-based recidivism reduction programs to help inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence. It also reduces some sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent offenders while preserving important law enforcement tools to tackle criminal enterprises. Read More