Heinrich, Luján Call For Enactment Of Appropriations Bills, Highlight Millions In Local Investments For New Mexico

WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2021) – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) released the following statements after the Senate Committee on Appropriations released the remaining nine Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Bills. 

The bills comply with the topline spending allocation contained in the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Resolution. Combined with the three bills reported from the Appropriations Committee in August, the bills provide a 13 percent increase for non-defense discretionary programs and a 5 percent increase for defense programs. The five percent increase for defense programs is consistent with the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) reported from the Senate Armed Services Committee and passed by the House with bipartisan support last month. These bills are largely a product of bipartisan work to address both Democratic and Republican funding priorities. Senators Heinrich and Luján will highlight local investments they secured in the appropriations bills during the coming days.

“Senate Democrats continue working in good faith to produce bills that improve the lives and meet the needs of everyday Americans. These include significant local investments that I fought for to directly benefit New Mexicans across the state,” said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “I'm proud to join my Democratic colleagues in calling for all 12 appropriations bills to be enacted by the December 3rd deadline and look forward to sending tens of millions of dollars in federal funding to projects throughout New Mexico.”

“These critical appropriations bills represent significant investments in New Mexico’s future. I was proud to secure support for state-focused projects and initiatives that reflect the priorities of communities across the state,” said Luján. “As the appropriations process moves forward, I will continue working to deliver for New Mexicans and responsibly fund the government.”

A topline summary of all nine bills prepared by the office of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is available HERE. 

Below are links to the legislative text, explanatory statement, and a summary for each of the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills:

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, 2022

Defense, 2022

Financial Services and General Government, 2022

Homeland Security, 2022

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, 2022

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, 2022

Legislative Branch, 2022

State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, 2022

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, 2022

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