Transportation & Infrastructure

A safe, efficient transportation system and strong basic infrastructure helps move New Mexico forward and supports our local economy.

Investments not only in public transit, passenger rail, and paved roads, but broadband infrastructure, drinking water and sewer lines, and modern wastewater treatment facilities provide the groundwork for economic development and job creation. I am committed to ensuring New Mexico has these resources. We must also continue to develop plans to modernize our electrical transmission infrastructure so we can accelerate development of distributed and renewable energy resources.

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  • New Mexico Delegation Introduces Water Conservation Legislation to Safeguard Water Resources for Future Generations

    WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.),Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), introduced the Western Water Security Act of 2019, legislation to improve water management in the West through investments in water infrastructure, a focus on conservation, efficiency, and environmental restoration, and tailored funding for local communities. The forward-looking legislation will arm communities with the federal funding and research necessary to grapple with the potential of a long-term drying trend in the West and changes in water availability exacerbated by climate change.   Read More


  • New Mexico Delegation Announces Grants to Airports Across New Mexico For Infrastructure Improvements

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $7 million in grants to airports across New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, Las Cruces International Airport, Portales Municipal Airport and Lea County Regional Airport, to fund infrastructural improvements. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce Funding for New Las Cruces and San Ysidro Sewer Collection Service

    WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Waste and Environmental Program has awarded the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association a $4,226,000 loan and $6,829,965 grant to expand wastewater infrastructure and build a vacuum sewer collection service in the San Ysidro colonia and northern Las Cruces metro area. The project will reduce groundwater contamination by installing a new sewer system to service over 500 homes and three businesses that currently use cesspools or septic tanks. Read More


  • “I Think We Can Do Better Than That,” Heinrich Presses Army, Air Force Secretaries Nominees On Their Plans To Protect Military Construction Funding

    Sept. 12, 2019) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today pressed Barbara M. Barrett, nominee for Secretary of the Air Force; and Ryan D. McCarthy, nominee for Secretary of the Army, on their situational awareness of Military Construction projects that have been recently stripped of funding by the Trump Administration to build a border wall on the U.S. Southwest Border. Senator Heinrich continued to ask about their plans to protect this funding, the health and safety of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services, and the national security implications of the proposed cuts. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Announce Independent Watchdog Investigation Into Trump Admin’s Efforts To Seize Privately Held Land To Build Southern Border Wall

    Sept. 11, 2019) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the Trump Administration's efforts to use eminent domain to "take the land" of private landowners by any means necessary to build an ineffective border wall. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Celebrate Columbus Port of Entry Ribbon Cutting

    WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small celebrated the official opening of a modernized and expanded Columbus Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico. The completed project provides badly-needed improvements and expands the Columbus Port of Entry to facilitate trade, economic growth in border communities and across New Mexico, and binational cooperation between the United States and Mexico. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small Announce Funding for the Restoration of Fort Bayard and Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega

    WASHINGTON - 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 Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the National Park Service is awarding nearly $270,000 for historic preservation projects in New Mexico through the Save America's Treasures program. The Village of Santa Clara will use funds to make repairs in Fort Bayard located near Santa Clara, N.M. and Cornerstones Community Partnerships will use funds to restore Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega, part of Plaza del Cerro, located in Chimayo, N.M. The grants are awarded to preserve and protect historic properties that represent our nation's rich cultural heritage. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Announce $4.64 Million to Help Increase Access to Clean Water in Doña Ana County

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a grant of $3,629,065 and approved a loan of $1,014,000, totaling $4,643,065, to help the Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority upgrade and modernize the water system in Berino, New Mexico.  Read More