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Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Colbert lampoons Pearce on trip to Central America

Rep. Steve Pearce got some national attention for statements he made as part of a fact-finding mission to Central America. It came in the form of a segment on the satirical and highly popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The full video is embedded at the bottom of the post. Colbert mocked statements that Pearce made to the Santa Fe New Mexican. PEarce said the children leaving Guatemala and Honduras were doing so because of economic reasons … Read entire article »

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Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Pearce praises president, DHS on Central American deportations

Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement on the recent deportations of Central American undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin. Pearce represents southern New Mexico, and his district holds a temporary immigration holding facility. The facility is at the Federal Law Enforcement and Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia. Yesterday, the news came that over three dozen immigrants were deported and flown back to Honduras. “The first flight returning undocumented families to their homes in Central America … Read entire article »

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Heinrich, other Senators send letter to Holder on drones

Heinrich, other Senators send letter to Holder on drones

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and two of his colleagues sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder about drone attacks. Heinrich, the junior senator from New Mexico, joined Senators Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon in asking Holder to be more open on targeted drone attacks. All three are Democrats and are members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. While the three are Democrats, they have been critical of the Obama administration … Read entire article »

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Heinrich wants action on climate change

Heinrich wants action on climate change

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich continued his push for the United States to do something about climate change. Legislation to help with climate change has largely been blocked in recent years despite support from Senate leadership and President Barack Obama. In his floor speech in the U.S. Senate, Heinrich said New Mexico is already dealing with the effects of climate change. “We’re already seeing the effects of climate change manifest in more extreme drought conditions, larger and intense … Read entire article »

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Senate confirms Damon Martinez as US Attorney

Senate confirms Damon Martinez as US Attorney

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Damon Martinez as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico on a voice vote on Wednesday afternoon. Martinez was recommended by Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich last April. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in November. His nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in April of this year. Martinez had served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district since 2001. In that time, there had been controversy … Read entire article »

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Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

Obama to name Organ Mountains a national monument

President Barack Obama will name the Organ Mountains a national monument. The news came from the White House. “By establishing the monument, the president will permanently protect more than 496,000 acres to preserve the prehistoric, historic and scientific values of the area for the benefit of all Americans,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said according to USA Today. The White House says the designation will result in more than $7 million in economic activity in the area, … Read entire article »

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Heinrich, Udall don’t like FCC net neutrality proposal

Heinrich, Udall don’t like FCC net neutrality proposal

The Federal Communications Commission decision on proposed net neutrality rules didn’t get a hot reception from New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators. They warned that the proposed rules, which moved forward on a 3-2 vote, would stifle innovation. Reuters reported on the FCC decision. U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery … Read entire article »

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Minimum wage increase can’t clear Republican filibuster in US Senate

Minimum wage increase can’t clear Republican filibuster in US Senate

The U.S. Senate was unable to muster enough votes on a minimum wage bill to clear a filibuster on Wednesday. The bill needed 60 votes to invoke cloture and end debate on the bill but passed 54-42. One Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, was the only Republican to vote for it. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, voted against the bill for procedural reasons. Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico are Democrats and voted to invoke cloture. The bill would … Read entire article »

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Senate will vote on Udall campaign finance constitutional amendment

Senate will vote on Udall campaign finance constitutional amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment introduced by Sen. Tom Udall regarding campaign finance reform will get a vote in the U.S. Senate according to Udall’s office. The amendment would allow Congress and the states to set limits and regulations on campaign finance donations. It would reverse the 1976 United States Supreme Court Buckley v. Valeo decision. “It’s clearer than ever that we need a constitutional amendment to restore integrity in our election system,” Udall said. “Our government should … Read entire article »

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Udall supports $10.10 minimum wage in floor speech

Udall supports $10.10 minimum wage in floor speech

Sen. Tom Udall pushed for a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour in a speech on the Senate floor. Earlier this month, his colleague Sen. Martin Heinrich supported the increased minimum wage that President Barack Obama called for in a State of the Union speech. “$7.25 may just be a number to some, but not for so many families in my state – struggling to get by,” Udall said in his floor speech. “It means working two … Read entire article »

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