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How Did Your Congressional Delegates Vote This Week?

Last week, your New Mexico Congressional Delegation voted on a major oil and gas bills that affect our nation. So how did your delegates vote?

  • H.R.1121Protecting American Energy Production Act: The House passed (229-188) the Protecting American Energy Production Act. This bill prohibits the president from declaring a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, unless such a moratorium is authorized by an act of Congress. It also expresses the sense of Congress that states should maintain primacy for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas production on state and private lands. Congresswomen Teresa Ledger Fernandez & Melanie Stansbury voted 'NO' on this legislation. 

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Funding Isn't The Issue; Accountability Is!

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It's no secret that New Mexico's public education system has been rated as one of, if not the worst in the nation. The lack of funding is not an issue; accountability for positive outcomes is the problem. The good news is that some outstanding New Mexicans are proving that amazing outcomes for our kids are possible!

Pat McDonough and his wife Nella Domenici report that early results are promising. "Our students are outperforming their district peers in math and reading, in some cases substantially." Read more HERE.

You’re invited to our Annual Heroes Banquet!

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Preparations for our annual Heroes Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in ABQ are underway and you're invited!  Unfortunately, another officer was killed in the line of duty this past Friday: Officer Justin Hare of the NM State Police Dept. 

This news came a little over one month after the tragedy of Officer Jonah Hernandez of the Las Cruces Police Dept. The lives and families of both officers will be honored at this event, among other nominees. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. View event info HERE.

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Should NM Congressional members get a raise?

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A pay raise for congressional members is to be discussed by Congress for the current fiscal year, as members negotiate a spending package ahead of the March 22 deadline.

Lawmakers are supposed to get automatic cost-of-living adjustments every year, but they've consistently blocked their own pay bumps every year since their last raise in 2009.

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