Over the last several weeks, the Democratic Party of New Mexico has heard from countless New Mexicans who want to know what they can do to support their communities during the coronavirus outbreak.
I’m so proud to have seen so many of our friends and neighbors offering to step up and do what is necessary in order to combat COVID-19. Democrats from Silver City to Raton to Ruidoso are collecting cans to donate to food banks, creating community response groups to support the most vulnerable, and finding ways to move their voter engagement efforts online.
While New Mexicans continue to put in the effort to support our neighbors and keep our communities healthy, we’re proud to see that same spirit reflected in our elected officials.
Since day one of this crisis, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been putting New Mexico first. She’s taken immediate proactive steps to slow the spread of the virus by shutting down schools and closing nonessential businesses, moves that have made New Mexico’s response to novel coronavirus one of the most successful in the country. She’s also made it her priority to ensure all New Mexicans have access to accurate, up-to-date information about the spread of the virus and how to address it. With this kind of understanding, we can all work together to help flatten the curve.
Meanwhile, Lujan Grisham’s administration continues to roll out programs to support people whose health or finances are affected by the virus. New Mexico has expanded unemployment benefits to those who have been affected by COVID-19, set up programs to deliver necessities to those who can’t leave their homes, and taken steps to provide access to affordable childcare.
New Mexicans are also lucky to have such dedicated advocates in Congress. In Washington, our congressional delegation has already helped pass three major pieces of legislation, including $8.3 billion in emergency funding for states, the Families First Act, and the CARES Act. Through these pieces of legislation, our delegation has fought to expand testing, secure resources for New Mexico hospitals, and provide financial support for New Mexicans – including up to $1,200 for each individual citizen.
Throughout this process, our U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small have kept our state and its needs at the forefront of the conversation. They’ve fought for federal support for our tribal communities, pushed for policies benefiting small businesses, and worked across the aisle to support hard-working families. Our elected leaders are fighting for New Mexico at every step of the way, and we can be confident that together we will make it through these unprecedented challenges.
As we face these uncertain times, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the incredible people who are standing together as New Mexicans doing their part to effectively combat COVID-19.
Thank you to the neighbors who are collecting cans, dropping off groceries, supporting local businesses or just staying home.
Thank you to our volunteers who are making calls and writing postcards.
Thank you to the essential workers who are keeping our grocery store shelves stocked, our hospitals running and our communities safe.
And thank you to our elected officials who are fighting for New Mexicans at the local, state and federal level.
Your commitment and hard work is the kind of action that we need to make it through this pandemic together.
Now and always, I am so proud to be a New Mexican and to see the ways our community has come together to keep each other safe. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.