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Statement on Supreme Court Decision in June Medical Services v. Russo

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law June 29 that would have closed all but one abortion clinic in that state.

“The Court’s ruling reaffirms women’s reproductive rights, and it sends the message...

Response to lawsuit to eliminate Affordable Care Act

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SANTA FE — Despite a once-in-a-generation pandemic and an economic collapse never experienced in our lifetime, the Trump administration has decided to press the Supreme Court of the United States to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.

That would mean 24 million Americans losing their health insurance; people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage or charged exorbitant rates because of their illness; eliminating the federal and state health insurance exchanges; removing children up to age 26 from their parents’ health insurance policy; and eliminating critical federal health care funding for Medicaid expansion and premium assistance.

There is never an...

Small improvements bring little change in child well-being

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ALBUQUERQUE — Despite some improvements in several of the national 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book indicators, New Mexico continues to rank 50th in the nation on child well-being. This is the fourth year the state has ranked at the very bottom for child well-being, having ranked 50th in 2013, 2018, and 2019.

The Data Book, which is put out every year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, looks at 16 indicators of child well-being that track economic, education, and health issues, among others, then ranks the 50 states accordingly. Although the annual report uses the most recent data available, most of the data for this edition are from 2018 – so it does not reflect the current pandemic and...

Tell Congress to ban wildlife trade

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In the past 40 years, the worst human pandemics and epidemics — HIV, SARS, avian flu, swine flu, Ebola and Zika — all stemmed from trading or consuming animals and destroying their habitat.

The solution couldn’t be clearer: Ban wildlife trade to reduce disease risk and save animals from overexploitation.

Tell Congress to block trade now to save wildlife and help prevent future pandemics.

Zoonotic diseases are spread from animals, usually vertebrates, to humans — and approximately 70% of these diseases come from wildlife.

The United States is one of the world’s top importers of wildlife, responsible for an estimated 20% of the global wildlife market. Getting a handle on...

Annual Economic Development Course goes online

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Rather than cancel the annual New Mexico Economic Development Course in the face of COVID-19, organizers are pleased to announce the “Basic Course,” as it’s colloquially known, will be delivered online in 2020.

Students will begin the six-week course in mid-July via Zoom. Lectures, discussions, and case studies will be conducted remotely and over a longer time frame than in previous years, allowing people who couldn’t attend in person in the past to participate from their office or home.

Like many conferences and other congregate events scheduled this year, basic economic development courses have been canceled across the country due to the pandemic. New Mexico’s economic...

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