Military & National Security

Our women and men in uniform make up the strongest, best-trained, most well-equipped military in the world. New Mexicans have long answered the call of duty to serve. This tradition runs deep in our state’s history, and at times New Mexico has had the highest rate of military volunteerism of any state in the country.  As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I am firmly committed to ensuring that our military and intelligence communities have the tools they need to keep our nation safe, fight terrorism, and support our allies. With military bases at Cannon, Holloman, Kirtland, and White Sands Missile Range, and two national laboratories, New Mexico plays a pivotal role in our national security and defense, and are at the forefront of research and development that contribute to our country’s safety.

I am also strong supporter of human and constitutional rights, and believe in the notion that America can be both safe and free. I opposed the authorization of the PATRIOT Act and was an active proponent of doing away with the discriminatory military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


  • Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bill To Require Digital Engineering Careers Within U.S. Armed Forces, Bolster Artificial Intelligence

    May 15, 2019) - Today, the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), introduced the bipartisan Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act, which would modernize the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce by adding a recruitment focus and establishing military career tracks for digital engineering. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Reintroduce Legislation to Address Root Causes of Central American Migration

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Central America Reform And Enforcement Act, a major legislative proposal to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The bill outlines the coordinated regional response needed to effectively manage the endemic violence and humanitarian crises in the Northern Triangle countries -- El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras -- that are causing many women, children, and families to flee and seek asylum in the United States. Read More

  • Heinrich Statement On Secretary Pompeo Meeting With Vladimir Putin

    May 13, 2019) - After a "sweeping and systemic" disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Tuesday meeting with President Putin: Read More

  • Heinrich, Ernst Introduce Legislation To Help Small Businesses Gain Footing In Defense Industry

    May 7, 2019) -U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Defense Small Business Advancement Act, which would reauthorize and improve the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) that expired last year. This program increases participation of small, disadvantaged businesses performing as suppliers to DoD, civilian agencies, and private industry by encouraging mentorships from established DoD contractors. Read More

  • Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

    May 2, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed energy technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact. Read More

  • Heinrich Joins Haaland, Warren Bill To Address Poor Health And Safety Standards In New Mexico‚Äôs Military Housing

    April 30, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined U.S. Representative Deb Haaland's (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) Military Housing Oversight and Service Member Protection Act, a comprehensive bill to address a series of disturbing reports revealing unsafe and unsanitary conditions in privatized, on-base housing for military personnel and their families. Haaland unveiled the bill last week alongside U.S. Senator Warren (D-Mass.). Other Senate cosponsors include Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Read More

  • Heinrich Delivers Weekly Democratic Address On Mueller Report

    April 26, 2019) - Following last week's public release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. Read More

  • Heinrich Statement On Release Of Mueller Report

    April 18, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the following statement after Attorney General William Barr's press conference in advance of the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report:   Read More