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SANTA FE – Ahead of the opening of the 2021 Legislative Session, New Mexico Senate Republican leaders today released the following statement:

"This session is an opportunity to repair the damage done to New Mexico and put us back on the road to recovery. We are committed to taking actionable steps to fix our state and move us forward. This means getting our children back in school, assisting our local small businesses, standing by our energy economy, and defending the most vulnerable."

Last week, newly elected Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) answered Border Report journalist Julian Resendiz's questions about one of the top issues in her district. The congresswoman addressed how the border wall is an important tool in thwarting the goals of drug smugglers, human traffickers, and illegal immigrants — especially during the pandemic.

Read the full story on BorderReport.com: New Mexico congresswoman plans fight for funds to complete border wall

https://www.borderreport.com/hot-topics/the-border-wall/new-mexico-congresswoman-plans-fight-for-funds-to-complete-border-wall/

"More than 80,000 Americans died of (drug) overdoses from May 2019 to May 2020. These Americans matter. Ending construction of the wall will only allow more drugs to flow from Mexican drug cartels, risking even more American lives," [Herrell] told Border Report.

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) today joined 30 members of the conservative Republican Study Committee as an original cosponsor of the Save Democracy Act.

"The Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to make or alter state election regulations at any time," said Congresswoman Herrell. "The reforms included in the Save Democracy Act – from citizenship and voter verification requirements to ballot integrity measures – are essential to restoring Americans' faith in the fairness of our elections."

Albuquerque, January 7—The following is a statement from Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce regarding Congress affirming Joe Biden as president:

"RPNM recognizes the certification of electoral votes by Congress this morning, but there are still too many unanswered questions surrounding the vote count, voting machines, drop boxes and absentee ballots in our presidential election. We have raised these issues in New Mexico, but our requests to the Secretary of State fell on deaf ears. Throughout the election process, we championed an unrelenting effort to ensure fair and honest elections. Election integrity has been paramount, but there have been anomalies and issues that were never addressed that should have been. To this end, our democracy has been tarnished. RPNM will continue to fight for ballot integrity in future elections."

NM House GOP condemns violence at national Capitol building

New Mexico House Republicans condemn violence in any form. Our American values are important, our Constitution must be preserved and it is within each of our rights to peacefully protest, however violence is not acceptable.

Statement From New Mexico House Democrats Condemning Today’s Violence

“We need leaders to speak with a unified voice and condemn any and all violence. We are a nation of laws, not anarchy. The 2020 election results represent the will of American and New Mexico voters. These actions of sedition must end.”

Santa Fe, NM – House Republican Leadership today requested an opinion or report regarding several rule changes that will be filed by Democrat lawmakers this upcoming 60-day Legislative Session beginning on January 19, 2021. In a letter to the New Mexico Legislative Council, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia), Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington), and Republican Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow (Truth or Consequences) have raised concern over three proposed rule changes which appear to violate various requirements contained in the New Mexico Constitution.

Carlsbad, NM – The New Mexico 2021 legislative session will begin at noon on January 19. Starting this week, legislators have started to pre-file legislation for consideration during the 60-day session. State Representative Cathrynn Brown, of Carlsbad, has announced that she will introduce a bill to decertify the New Mexico electoral vote for Biden.

The decision to move forward on seeking decertification follows several month's long efforts by concerned citizens across the state to challenge election law violations and questionable vote counting. New Mexico election officials' lack of interest in addressing voters' concerns echoes possible obstruction across the country.

State's Chief Election Officer "Conveniently" Misses Own Deadline, Hiding Documents in 11th Hour Political Tactic

Albuquerque, December 31—New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver continues to play partisan political games after not providing the Trump Campaign with election records as required by law. President Trump's legal team had asked for all information related to drop boxes and voting machines in New Mexico, but Toulouse Oliver has broken a promise to turn over records by December 30.

"The Secretary of State's move is a deliberate effort to keep any evidence of potential election issues from the Trump Campaign until after Congress certifies the Electoral College vote on January 6," says Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. "Again, the Secretary of State is partisan and defiant in refusing to uphold and oversee election integrity. She just makes up her rules. There's no transparency of government here."

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