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  • — by Kristina Wong
    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday expressing concern over the Pentagon's plans to dramatically increase drone flights over the next four years amid a drone pilot shortfall.  "There is indeed a need for broadened surveillance and intelligence collection, but I remain very concerned that...
  • — by Dan Schwartz
    FARMINGTON — The federal government is paying nearly all the costs to rebuild crumbling taxiways at the Four Corners Regional Airport. New Mexico's U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, announced on Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the city a little more than $200,000 to design plans to fix taxiways G, E...
  • — by Lydia Wheeler
    Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that aims to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students through Pell Grants. The Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically, or CHANCE Act, Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) unveiled...
  • — by Hannah Grover
    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich helped fill troughs used to water livestock today as local farmers and ranches relied on stored and transported water and waited for word they can reopen irrigation ditches that were closed to prevent contamination from a plume of toxic wastewater that was released into the Animas River last week from a mine in...
  • — by Diana Alba Soular
    LAS CRUCES >> U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, visited Las Cruces on Monday, promoting a new proposal he says will help counter child and family poverty in New Mexico. Heinrich said he was gathering feedback for what will become a federal bill called the Two Generation Economic Empowerment Act. The goal, he said, is to streamline federal...
  • — by Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Ali Watkins, Christine Conetta, and Adriana Usero
    WASHINGTON -- Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to be an expert on the Iran deal these days. But one freshman Democrat in the Senate has better credentials than most -- he actually has a background in science and engineering. And he drew on that expertise to become one of the first senators in either party to declare that he will vote in favor of the...
  • — by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
    In the first decade of this century when we were entangled in the War in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear program surged ahead rapidly, adding thousands of centrifuges, building complex nuclear facilities and stockpiling highly enriched uranium. In the absence of real negotiations and before the most recent sanctions, Iran built a nuclear infrastructure...
  • — by Kai Porter
    Being dishonorably discharged from the military sticks with you for the rest of your life. It makes it harder to get a job, you aren’t entitled to military benefits, and it can even make it harder to vote. But what about those who have been dishonorably discharged for their sexual orientation? Several New Mexico lawmakers are working to...
  • — by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich
    Hispanic-owned businesses in Doña Ana County and across New Mexico are critical to strengthening our state’s economy. In recent decades, Hispanic immigrant entrepreneurs have grown exponentially. According to a 2014 study from the Partnership for a New American Economy, the number of Hispanic immigrant business owners in the...
  • — by Sun-News Report
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that it would expand hours of operation for south-bound commercial traffic at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry as part of a public-private partnership with Dell Computers. Dell will be funding four additional hours for southbound commercial traffic Monday through Friday for one year, according to a...
  • — by Kevin Robinson-Avila
    Commercial traffic traveling south into Mexico through the Santa Teresa Port of Entry will soon enjoy expanded border-crossing hours thanks to a new agreement between Dell Inc. and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The federal agency approved a public-private partnership with Dell on Tuesday that allows the company to reimburse the government for...
  • — by Dylan Brown
    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today debuted legislation to open up renewable energy tax credits to Native American tribes. While the Senate scrambles to extend tax incentives for the expanding alternative energy sector, Heinrich and Grijalva offered their bills to give federally recognized Indian tribes...
  • — by Hannah Northey
    Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is prepared to unveil legislation today that would allow residents tapping into communal solar projects to offset power from traditional power plants and more easily connect to the grid. Heinrich's bill, S. 1723, the "Promoting Renewable Energy with Shared Solar Act of 2015," would amend the Public...
  • — by Arin McKenna
    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spent Wednesday afternoon getting his hands dirty in Bandelier National Monument. Heinrich worked two hours with a preservation crew composed entirely of Puebloan youth who are helping to restore Tyuonyi Pueblo on the Main Loop Trail. The Bandelier Preservation crew is a pilot program sponsored by AmeriCorps and the...
  • — by Gillian Roberts
    The youngest Democrats in the Senate want to stake their claim on the party’s foreign policy agenda, and they hatched their plan in the most old school of ways — over dinner together. While most senators refer to each other as “my friend,”Christopher S. Murphy, Brian Schatz andMartin Heinrich actually are...
  • — by Ed Williams
    LISTEN: ‎http://kunm.org/post/heinrich-introduce-new-poverty-legislation#stream/0 U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations.  As many as 30 percent of children in New Mexico live in poverty. Part of what makes improving that statistic hard,...
  • — by Hannah Northey
    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) says he grew up a "utility brat." He was raised on a cattle ranch in a small town in central Missouri, where his father, Peter, worked as a utility lineman on the side and his mother, Shirley, worked on a factory assembly line, inspecting wheels. Heinrich said at a Progressive Policy Institute event in Washington,...
  • — by U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Brian Schatz, and Martin Heinrich
    The United States faces unprecedented challenges abroad. The post-colonial status quo in the Middle East is breaking down, and terrorist groups such as Islamic State (also called ISIS) and al Qaeda present a grave threat to U.S. national security. Traditional powers such as Russia and China are challenging international norms and pushing the...
  • — by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, Chris Murphy, and Brian Schatz
    The United States faces unprecedented challenges abroad. The post-colonial status quo in the Middle East is breaking down, and terrorist groups such as Islamic State (also called ISIS) and al Qaeda present a grave threat to U.S. national security. Traditional powers such as Russia and China are challenging international norms and pushing the...
  • CROWNPOINT, NM – On Friday, June 5, 2015, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) visited the northwestern side of New Mexico in recognition and observance of regional efforts towards veteran affairs, affordable housing and higher education. While Senator Heinrich visited Gallup to witness and experience regional progress in veteran affairs...