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  • Dear Friend, I am grateful to all of the New Mexico health care heroes and other essential workers throughout our state who have stepped up over this past year to help our communities weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, I had the privilege of personally thanking members of the New Mexico National Guard who are on the front lines of ramping up...
  • Dear Friend, Veterans have faced unique challenges during the pandemic and economic crisis. Through my new role as chairman of the Military Construction (MILCON), Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, I am focused on delivering all the resources and funding the VA needs to deliver world class care and keep America's promise to our...
  • Dear Friend, I am thrilled that President Biden has placed clean energy and bold investments in America's infrastructure at the forefront of his plan to build back better. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to power our economic recovery and put Americans to work by solving our long-term climate challenge. Too many families in New Mexico are...
  • Dear Friend, I cannot support the continued abuse of the filibuster in the United States Senate. This procedural tactic was created to encourage debate and bipartisan deliberation. But in current practice, it has proven to achieve the complete opposite. The roadblock created by the filibuster has prevented the Senate from taking up meaningful...
  • Dear Friend, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Tribally-controlled schools have served as important centers of support for Tribal communities who have faced severe public health and economic hardships during the Covid-19 pandemic. Educators have worked tirelessly to keep students engaged in their education and help their families keep food on...
  • Dear Friend, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law yesterday. This historic rescue package will provide $1,400 in direct payments to eligible New Mexicans and immediate economic relief to workers who have lost their jobs and local restaurant and small business owners who are still struggling to make ends meet. It will also...
  • Dear Friend, The Senate voted today to move forward with the confirmation of President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Interior, Congresswoman Deb Haaland. The final vote to confirm her nomination will be next week. I was proud to speak today on the Senate Floor about why I am supporting Congresswoman Haaland's nomination. I hope you can take...
  • Dear Friend, I just voted over the weekend to pass the American Rescue Plan, a historic, comprehensive $1.9 trillion package that will provide economic relief and critical resources to New Mexicans, Tribal communities, public health and education systems, and state and local governments. This is the big and bold action we need to finally put...
  • Dear Friend, There is nothing more important to a community's long-term future than securing a sustainable supply of clean water. That's why I have fought for more than a decade to support the construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Supply Project-also known as the Ute Pipeline-that will create an alternative to pumping groundwater from...
  • Dear Friend, As millions of Americans face continued hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am doing everything in my power to fight for the support New Mexicans need, the science-based public health response necessary to save lives, and economic investments to rebuild our communities. Last week, I visited a mobile outreach site for Albuquerque...
  • Dear Friend, Last week, I visited the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque to discuss the needs of New Mexico's military veterans and their families. I wanted to personally thank VA officials and medical staff for their roles in providing COVID-19 testing and vaccine services to area-veterans, and for opening the medical center's ICU...
  • Dear Friend, This morning, it was an honor to introduce my U.S. Representative from New Mexico and Department of the Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. VIDEO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich introduces Congresswoman Deb Haaland in the Senate Energy and...
  • Dear Friend, What happened on January 6, 2021, was not a spontaneous event. This violent and bloody attack on our democracy was cultivated by months of Donald Trump repeating a completely baseless lie of election fraud, over and over and over again. It was cultivated through years of his encouraging violence by White Supremacists and extremist...
  • Dear Friend, Over the weekend, I did an interview on MSNBC about the upcoming impeachment trial of Donald Trump and my call for the FBI and the intelligence community to conduct an immediate interagency review on the imminent and pervasive threat of domestic terrorism in the United States. I hope you can take a moment to watch the...
  • Dear Friend, New Mexicans know how critical it is to conserve the lands and waters that sustain our way of life. That's why I am so proud to partner with local communities in northern New Mexico and Senator Ben Ray Luján to reintroduce three important conservation bills for northern New Mexico. Two bills would prevent harmful mining operations in...
  • Dear Friend, We have known for decades that we need to act aggressively to confront the climate crisis that threatens our land, our water, and our children's future. The science of what we are facing--and what we must do--is unequivocal. New Mexicans can't wait any longer for us to address the mounting challenges posed by extended droughts and...
  • Dear Friend, I don't need to tell you the incredible challenges we face as a country and a state. You can see it - in the closed businesses, the lines at food pantries, and in the families that will now forever be without their loved ones. I have fought to support New Mexico's small business owners and nonprofits throughout this crisis. That...
  • Dear Friend, As the son of an immigrant, I know firsthand the promise that America represents for those seeking to build a better life. For our entire history, immigrants have overcome incredible adversity and discrimination to play a vital role in this nation's success. The way we treat immigrants, refugees, and those seeking asylum shows the...
  • Dear Friend, It would be all too easy to let the violent attacks and dangerous threats against our democracy dominate all of our thoughts. On this Martin Luther King Day, however, I would urge us to pause for a moment to reflect on the continuing resonance of Dr. King's sacrifice and service to our nation. We should remember that his lasting...
  • Dear Friend, The livelihoods of people of color have long been rooted in the outdoors, but they haven't always had equitable access to public lands. I am proud that New Mexico outdoor equity advocates and community leaders are leading the way in breaking down some of these barriers with our state's first-of-its-kind Outdoor Equity Fund, which...