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Heinrich leads legislation to protect Native American Seeds

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Act supports health care/food security in tribal communities

U. S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was joined in a bipartisan, bicameral effort July 23 to introduce the Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019.  The introduction of the act took place in Washington, D.C., where he was joined in the announcement by...

Udall calls for Senate action to secure elections

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U. S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called for the Senate to consider the House-passed “For the People Act.”  On July 23, Udall became the lead sponsor of the Act and called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to stop obstructing critical efforts to secure American elections and prevent foreign interference before the 2020 elections.

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found with the utmost certainty that Russia, a foreign adversary, meddled in our presidential election for the express purpose of benefiting the Trump campaign. But the president continues to deny this fact - and even worse, Senate Republicans refuse to enact a single...

N.M. senators announce award to Navajo Agricultural Products Industry

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$150,000 for irrigation improvement

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced July 8, that the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, located in Farmington, was awarded $150,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program for its Irrigation Scheduling Improvement Project.

The funds for NAPI will help improve irrigation scheduling and efficiency by monitoring system equipment and installing a moisture probe. The more efficient system will reduce over-watering, which is expected to result in annual water savings of 2,672 acre-feet. Water conserved by the project will reduce the amount of water diverted from Navajo...

NM Senators secure $30 million for border humanitarian relief

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  – On June 26, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured $30 million in reimbursement funds for localities and non-governmental organizations in New Mexico and elsewhere that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers.

The measure was included in a $4.6 billion border supplemental funding agreement that passed the Senate June 26. The agreement includes emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, with significant funding for legal assistance, food, water, and medical services, as well as stronger protections for unaccompanied children.

The agreement requires the U.S. Department of Health and...

N.M. ranks last in child well-being

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State makes some improvements in child poverty

New Mexico is ranked 50th out of the 50 states for child well-being by the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released June 17 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This is the third time the state has ranked last in the nation. New Mexico fell to the last spot in 2013, then again in 2018.

Louisiana ranked 49th this year, bumping Mississippi up to 48th. New Hampshire ranked first.

“It’s disappointing, but not terribly surprising to see New Mexico ranked at the bottom again, given the last ten years,” New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez said. Voices for Children runs the state’s KIDS COUNT program. Further...

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