In a speech on the House floor, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., told state lawmakers today he will fight attempts to cut funding for New Mexico’s national laboratories.
Specifically, Heinrich said Congress should take action to avoid steep federal budget cuts poised to kick in next month. He said such cuts would have a “devastating” impact on New Mexico.
“We must reduce our deficit, but we must do it in a balanced way,” Heinrich said.
In his 20-minute address, the first-term senator also voiced support for comprehensive federal immigration reform and bolstering alternative energy options by increasing New Mexico’s transmission capabilities.
On the subject of laboratory funding, Heinrich said money for ongoing clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory should be a top budget priority for the federal Department of Energy.
Heinrich will be in Taos tomorrow, along with fellow Democrats U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep Ben Ray Lujan, to attend a community meeting on proposed environmental protections.
Check tomorrow’s Journal for more information.