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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the construction contract for the new Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in Columbus, New Mexico to Hensel Phelps Construction Co, from Austin, Texas. The new LPOE will provide the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with facilities to help the agency fulfill its mission of keeping America’s borders safe and secure.
This Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the "Big E" Fair at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. This milestone fair, which runs from September 16th through October 2nd 2016 will be the largest celebration of New England agriculture in history. The Vermont Building on the Avenue of States will once again be a main attraction for over 1 million fairgoers who return year after year to eat, drink & shop the best Vermont has to offer. This year's special events include Vermont Day, held on Saturday, September 24th, attended by Agency of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jolinda LaClair, Vermont Legislators, and building trustees, and Harvest New England Day, held on Friday, September 30th, attended by Governor Shumlin and featuring 10 additional guest Vermont businesses on exhibit
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that three New Mexico agencies will receive more than $2 million in federal grants through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. The program aims to prevent homeless among veteran families who earn very low incomes
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement welcoming news that Facebook will build its new data center in Los Lunas
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) convened a roundtable discussion today in Las Cruces at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) to learn more about how Las Cruces became the first community in New Mexico to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness and discuss ways to build on that success across New Mexico. Senator Heinrich met with local and federal agency representatives, advocates, and former homeless veterans to highlight MVCH and its partners that provide important community services, including case management, disability and income assistance, and housing assistance.
Congressman Pearce issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, a bill that would clarify the Flood Disaster Protection Act to give consumers more options when purchasing flood insurance:
A.G. Schneiderman Obtains $90k Agreement With Contractor Who Underpaid Workers On Taxpayer-Funded Affordable Housing...
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with J.A.M. Construction Corp. (“JAM”), a subcontractor that performed carpentry work at a Manhattan affordable housing project. JAM, based in Rockville Centre, failed to pay required prevailing wages to eight workers at the Selis Manor Affordable Housing complex located at 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. In an Assurance of Discontinuance with the Attorney General’s Office, JAM agreed to pay over $80,000 in underpayments, as well as a penalty of $10,000.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce announced that the North American Development Bank (NADB) has signed a $698,115 grant agreement with Mesilla, N.M., to improve the town's water distribution system and provide new water hookups. The project will increase access to potable water service, improve service reliability and eliminate conditions that negatively impact water quality, helping reduce the risks associated with waterborne diseases.
Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District joined with Democratic Leadership to send a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan to call for immediate action on an emergency supplemental appropriations bill that addresses three urgent public health crises: the Zika virus, opioid addiction, and the ongoing Flint water crisis. In the letter, the members urge Speaker Ryan to postpone adjournment of the House until Congress has acted on these critical issues.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $7.3 million for nonprofit providers and local governments in New Mexico to combat homelessness throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding through the Continuum of Care Program, which supports efforts to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families, minimize the trauma associated with losing a home, and help families become self-sufficient following their relocation.
In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed concerns with delays in compensation for costs and damages in New Mexico caused by the EPA's Gold King Mine spill in Colorado six months ago. They urged the EPA to process reimbursement claims submitted by the state and the Navajo Nation and to set up an Office of Gold King Mine Spill Claims to begin processing compensation for victims.
Udall, Heinrich Announce $10.45 Million to Alamogordo for Flood Prevention, Water Infrastructure Upgrades
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that Alamogordo will receive $10.45 million from the Army Corps of Engineers to complete construction of the McKinley Channel and repairs to the Alamogordo South Diversion Channel. The two important projects will channel water from the Sacramento Mountains during rainstorms and help prevent downstream flooding in Alamogordo and the Tularosa Basin. Udall and Heinrich have encouraged the Army Corps of Engineers to fund these ongoing projects, which also will help strengthen Alamogordo's water infrastructure.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall raised concerns about a potential Gila River diversion project and pushed for continued funding for several water projects important to New Mexico communities at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Udall has previously expressed skepticism over the high cost of a Gila River diversion project. He asked Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan R. López for an update and assurances that any proposed project would get a thorough economic and environmental review
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted New Mexico an immediate extension of REAL ID compliance deadlines to allow the state to implement a law passed last week by the legislature. In a letter sent last week, the lawmakers urged DHS to grant the extension to ensure New Mexicans can continue to access federal facilities and airports.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed a Bureau of Reclamation investment of $2 million for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project to help deliver clean, reliable water to rural communities.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change:
U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change
Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $2.135 Million Reimbursement to Rio Rancho for Water Project Upgrades
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reimburse the City of Rio Rancho $2.135 million for completed upgrades to water treatment facilities. The city funded the construction of a water treatment facility to clean arsenic from the water supply and comply with federal requirements in 2007, and the awarded funding reimburses a portion of the approximately $6 million in construction costs.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applauded President Obama's announcement that he will work to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an innovative conservation program that has helped to preserve public lands, create and expand city parks, and provide access to outdoor recreation across the New Mexico and the nation.
The House passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act today that reforms several programs run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Rep. Lujan Grisham included a change that requires the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to collaborate in order to improve housing services for veterans.