Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport [...]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so [...]

Press release: State Engineer closes Curry-Portales basins to new groundwater appropriations

The State Engineer has issued an order closing the High Plains aquifer in Curry-Portales Underground Water Basins (CPUWBs) to the filing of applications for new appropriations of ground water.

Ag appropriations pass committee

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — A bill that would help fund a new dairy consortium and other agriculture initiatives affecting New Mexico was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, according to press releases from the offices of Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The measure is now ready for consideration by [...]

ENMU to receive nearly $1 million in technology money

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University at Portales has been awarded almost $960,000 in federal grant money to make technological upgrades to its computer, telecommunications and multi-media classrooms. The $957,967 grant derives from an earmark secured by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, during the FY2008 appropriations process, according [...]

Udall talks education, economy

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By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall addressed the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday during a visit to the area. Udall, D-N.M., touched on legislative appropriations that would help eastern New Mexico, noting he serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is serving his fifth term in Congress. Pauline [...]

Senators fight for Cannon funding

Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Wednesday they continue to seek up to $68 million in funding for military construction at Cannon Air Force Base to support the new Air Force Special Operations Command mission. The senators offered three amendments to a defense policy bill on Wednesday intended to [...]

Delegates request funds for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. The delegation requested that $72.5 million be provided in the fiscal year 2007 Supplemental Appropriations bill, which will [...]

Earmarking funding sure to end in scandal

Editorial If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, Pork May [...]

Bills would benefit ENMU

PNT Staff A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which [...]