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N.M. congressional offices brace for shutdown; here’s their plan

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New Mexico’s congressional delegation is bracing for a government shutdown in widely divergent ways. All members will remain on the job, but their staffs face different fates. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., plans to shut all of his offices and furlough all his staff during the shutdown while Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., plans to keep all staff working and all offices open.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., is putting her staff on a rotating furlough schedule. The number of people furloughed will depend on the length of the shutdown. Lujan Grisham’s Albuquerque and Washington, DC offices will remain open to constituents. Lujan Grisham announced she will donate any pay she receives during the shutdown to a charity that helps military veterans avoid homelessness. Pearce said he would reimburse the federal treasury for the amount of any pay he receives during the shutdown.
Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, D-N.M., are furloughing 32 and 31 employees respectively and closing all offices in the state and in D.C., but all all meetings previously scheduled for their D.C. office will happen as planned. Both senators are keeping a skeleton crew of staffers on duty during the shutdown.
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