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Op-Ed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Casey Hammond

WASHINGTON – One year ago, the Trump Administration released a strategic plan through the Departments of Commerce and the Interior designed to ensure the nation has a secure and reliable supply of critical minerals necessary for our economic and national security. In the year since, the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management have worked with partner agencies to identify prospective areas for critical mineral deposits on public lands, and to accelerate review and approval of critical mineral exploration and development projects.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond highlighted some of the successes and milestones achieved over the past year in an op-ed published last week in the Elko, Nevada Daily Free Press. These include the approval of multiple critical minerals mining projects, and the expansion of many other operations. The full article is below.

House GOP Leader Jim Townsend issued the following statement today regarding the Governor signing HB1 at the close of business, the day before the budget year begins.

"It's the Governor's overspending that's left us in a financially vulnerable position. Thousands of New Mexicans are out of work yet Hollywood and Santa Fe bureaucrats are still getting paid. The Governor is social distancing from reality." - House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, Artesia

Representative Gregg Schmedes, House District 22

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes to which we must all adjust. America's sportsmen and women, a group that I am proud to represent as a member of the New Mexico Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, have found a way to pursue their outdoor passions while much of the world struggles to adapt. By participating in outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting, sportsmen and women are setting an example for those looking for safe and responsible recreational opportunities.

Author: House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington)

Lack of Courage Harms Restaurant Industry: Rep Rod Montoya

Most people who observe the legislative process rarely come away from the experience wowed by what took place. More often they become disengaged as hyper-partisanship wins the day. This recent legislative session, meant to address our budget shortfall, is a perfect example of why everyday people are losing faith in a once great institution.

Santa Fe- Today is Monday, June 22, the fifth day of the 2020 special legislative session. The House of Representatives could possibly be here through Wednesday. The Senate on the other hand, finished their work on Saturday afternoon.

The session has been marred with confusion, lapses in public transparency, and has revealed cracks in the cohesion within the majority's ranks. This has caused the Speaker to resort to "breaking arms" behind closed doors to ensure party discipline.

The special session was scheduled following three months of excuses by the Governor as to why solving our historic budget crisis was delayed. It appears the Governor is more interested in preserving her record 20% increase to state spending rather than trying to address the $2 billion revenue shortfall.

House Republicans blast Governor and Speaker for failing to give members and the public reasonable notice of legislation for upcoming special session

Santa Fe- Today, House Republican leaders blasted the administration and the Speaker of the House for failing to give members reasonable notice of what would be on the Governor's call for the Special Session.

By Larry Behrens 

Albuquerque – As lawmakers get ready for a special session to address New Mexico's budget deficit, Power The Future is calling on them to oppose any proposal to increase the tax on gasoline. During the most recently completed legislative session, radical environmental groups pushed a massive increase in the tax on gasoline from 17 cents per gallon to 47 cents.

"Forcing New Mexico's families to pay more for gas should not be considered a solution to fix Santa Fe's budget problems," said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. "Our top priority during the special session should be New Mexicans who are struggling to get back to work, not with radical environmentalists who have plenty to spend on political contributions but do nothing to help our budget," he continued.

From Representative Candy Ezzell (Roswell)

The State of New Mexico is in the middle of the worst fiscal crisis we have experienced since statehood. A $2.4 billion budget shortfall coupled with lost jobs for more than 100,000 wage earners and the closure of hundreds of small businesses, many of which will never open again. We are encountering an economic disaster that will plague our state for years to come.

Our sole focus during the upcoming special session must be on fixing our budget problems and providing financial relief to thousands of desperate New Mexicans. Republicans have been requesting a special session since April, as the economic problems facing our state deserved attention months ago.

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