WASHINGTON – In the wake of wildfire devastation that has impacted communities and homes across the state, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) and Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) issued the following statement welcoming news that President Joe Biden will travel to New Mexico to discuss relief and recovery efforts and what can be done moving forward:
“We are pleased President Biden will visit New Mexico to see firsthand and discuss the recent wildfires that have devastated so many communities, homes, and businesses across the state.
“We appreciate President Biden’s swift action to issue a major disaster declaration that is delivering federal assistance to impacted communities. We look forward to working with the White House to address the climate crisis driving these unprecedented wildfires, to address the federal wildfire practices that contributed to this disaster, and to do everything we can to make New Mexicans whole.
“We believe that President Biden’s visit will prove to be a critical component to move these discussions forward as we continue pushing for legislation that better prepares federal agencies, increases support for wildland firefighters, protects our watersheds, and provides compensation for New Mexicans who have suffered losses.”