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.”

Latest

  • Udall, Heinrich, Blumenthal To Travel To Border To Hold Trump Administration Accountable For Inhumane Family Separation Policy

    On Friday, June 22, 2018, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will travel to the Southwest border to hold the Trump Administration accountable for their inhumane policy of separating children from their parents. The senators will visit the site of the temporary shelter facility for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas and will visit border patrol stations where families and children are housed temporarily before transferring to the care of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. The senators will also travel to a port of entry in El Paso, Texas to receive an overview of the process and procedures for asylum seekers.  Read More


  • FRIDAY: Keep Families Together Unity Event

    I want to invite you to a Keep Families Together Unity Event I will be hosting alongside Senator Tom Udall on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. MT, at Alma D'Arte Charter in Las Cruces. … 

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  • Heinrich Announces United Against Family Separation Event In Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Saturday, June 23, at 3 p.m. MT, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will host a United Against Family Separation Event to stand with New Mexicans in opposition to the Trump Administration separating children from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border. Senator Heinrich will be demanding a reunification plan for every child and holding the Trump Administration accountable for any future plans to incarcerate children. Additional speakers will be announced. Everyone is welcome to attend.    Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich To Travel To Border To Hold Trump Administration Accountable For Inhumane Family Separation Policy

    On Friday, June 22, 2018, U.S Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will travel to the Southwest border to hold the Trump Administration accountable for their inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The senators will visit the site of the temporary tent city for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas and will travel to the port of entry in El Paso, Texas. Read More


  • Heinrich Amendments For N.M. Military Installations, National Labs, and High-Tech Manufacturing Economy Clear the Senate

    Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted for the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and announced amendments he secured in the bill that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state. Read More


  • Heinrich Announces $20M For New Air Force Construction Project At Holloman

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will build a $20 million Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications War Reserve Material Storage and Shipment facility at Holloman Air Force Base. Through this funding, Holloman will build warehouse space for fuel support equipment and container storage for expendable, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resource (BEAR) assets.  Read More


  • The real picture of our borderlands

    The heated rhetoric about our border region coming from President Trump is wildly out of touch with the realities of our experiences in New Mexico. This week, I'm proud to help bring the "Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall" photography exhibit to Congress so we can show a real picture of the vibrant life in our nation's borderlands in the Southwest. The exhibit demonstrates why a border wall would be so harmful--both with its impact on the environment and its impact on the families that call this region home. … 

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  • Heinrich Statement On Singapore Summit

     U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore: Read More


  • Heinrich Helps Bring Photography Exhibit To Washington, D.C. On Impact Of Border Wall In The Southwest

    On Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will help showcase an art exhibit featuring photographs by International League of Conservation Photographer Krista Schlyer on the Southwest borderlands that will be on display this week in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda. Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall documents the impacts of border wall construction on the communities, lands, and wildlife along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Read More