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  • Dear Friend, Yesterday, when I'm sure they thought nobody was watching, Senate Republicans forced through a party line confirmation vote for Chad Wolf to an undersecretary position at the Department of Homeland Security. It is widely believed that President Trump will appoint him as the next Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Wolf is the...
  • Dear Friend, I am so proud to recognize the thousands of New Mexicans who have demonstrated great courage in service to our nation. Our state has a rich tradition of answering the call of duty, from the Navajo Code Talkers, Bataan Death March survivors, and Korean and Vietnam War GI's to more recent veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. That...
  • Dear Friend, Last week, I walked over to the other side of the Capitol and watched all the members of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation work together to pass the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act in the House of Representatives. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman Deb Haaland led the debate and Congresswoman Xochitl...
  • Dear Friend, It is always a pleasure to visit with New Mexicans in every corner of our great state. I wanted to take a moment to let you know about my recent visit to Silver City earlier this month. I was honored to open the second annual New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference. It was refreshing to be joined by so many leaders from across our...
  • Dear Friend, In New Mexico, we know that water is life. Particularly in an era of prolonged droughts and climate disruption, we must do all we can to responsibly provide clean water supplies and protect our limited water resources in every corner of our state. If we are going to do that, we must use the best available science as our guiding...
  • Dear Friend, Earlier this year, New Mexicans stepped up during a trying time in our nation's history. They gave a true New Mexico welcome to the thousands of parents and children who arrived at our state's southern border. A few weeks ago, I joined some of the local officials, first responders, and volunteers in Deming and Las Cruces who took...
  • Dear Friend, Art and culture is synonymous with New Mexico. Our artists carry on cultures that date back centuries. They are also paving new creative pathways by crafting modern masterpieces and building immersive arts experiences like world-renowned Meow Wolf. Our diverse arts community attracts many thousands of visitors to our state every year,...
  • Dear Friend, Last week I spoke at a press conference in front of the U.S. Capitol with climate activist Greta Thunberg. She came to Washington demanding Congress take action on the climate crisis. Greta was accompanied by an international delegation of youth climate activists. It included indigenous tribal members from the Amazon who have seen...
  • Dear Friend, Across our nation, we have witnessed with grave horror mass shooters armed with assault rifles gun down Americans in schools, in churches, in synagogues, in concert venues, and in shopping centers. On a seemingly daily basis, we are losing friends and family members to an unparalleled gun violence epidemic.  I hope you can take a...
  • PHOTO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich tours existing facilities for Holloman's RPA missions. Funding for the construction of new facilities has been jeopardized by President Trump's border wall emergency declaration, April 24, 2019. Dear Friend, The Trump administration announced that it plans to divert billions of dollars of funding for military...
  • Dear Friend, The 2020 presidential election cycle is already upon us. It's clear that we need to act quickly to pass bipartisan, pragmatic security measures into law to protect the integrity of our voting process. That's why I am calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop blocking commonsense election security legislation. I hope you...
  • Dear Friend, This week, I led a hearing with my Democratic Senate colleagues to hear testimony from legal and medical experts who are on the frontlines of confronting the humanitarian crisis on the border. VIDEO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich leads a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee hearing, "America Speaks Out: Stop Trump's Cruel...
  • Dear Friend, As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I fought hard to secure provisions in this year's defense bill to provide help to those who have been impacted by contamination from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams used at military bases like Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases in New...
  • Dear Friend, A new generation of young leaders in New Mexico and all around the world recognize that the climate crisis is not just urgent, but truly existential. Last night, I spoke on the Senate Floor about students I've met with and who have sent me letters calling for climate action. I hope you can take a moment to watch and share the video of...
  • Dear Friend, Moving toward a clean, carbon-free future is not only imperative to confronting the climate crisis. The clean energy transition also represents our greatest opportunity to create millions of new jobs all across America-including thousands of jobs in New Mexico's rural communities. Wind technician and solar installer are already two of...
  • Dear Friend, Like the many New Mexicans I've heard from in recent days, I was sickened by the horrific conditions reported at the U.S. Border Patrol facility in West Texas. The permanent trauma President Trump's anti-immigrant policies are inflicting on innocent children, many of whom are refugees fleeing violence and seeking asylum, is inhumane...
  • Dear Friend, On June 28, 1969, riots broke out in and around the Stonewall Inn in New York City in response to anti-LGBTQ law enforcement practices. Stonewall sparked a movement for equal rights that continues today. Fifty years later, the Stonewall Uprising continues to resonate across our nation. We must acknowledge that too many LGBTQ Americans...
  • Dear Friend, I commended President Trump for bucking his advisors last week and aborting a military strike against Iran that would have resulted in large numbers of casualties. At that juncture, the President made the right call. However, I remain deeply concerned that President Trump and his administration will continue taking us down a path that...
  • Dear Friend, I am grateful to all of the New Mexicans who have stepped up in this trying time to serve asylum seekers in need. Even though the Trump administration has provided little coordination or communication with New Mexico cities like Las Cruces, Deming, and Albuquerque to address this crisis, many are responding with kindness and compassion...
  • Dear Friend, I hope you can take a moment to read and share an op-ed I wrote this morning in the New Mexico Political Report on why it is so important to finally put an end to wasteful and destructive proposals to dewater the Gila River in New Mexico. The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission votes this Thursday on whether or not to keep...