House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

PHS senior looking to lead

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales High School senior Christian Townsend helped represent New Mexico at a recent 2009 Congressional Student Leadership Conference. The conference was July 20-25 at Catholic University in Washington D.C. “While we were there we were given lectures from people who were former heads of the state department,” Townsend said. […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Press release: House approves more than $67 million for Cannon Air Force Base

Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved over $67 million for construction for Cannon Air Force Base. The funding was part of the FY2010 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes $15,000,000 in

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]

President signs bill authorizing Ute Water Project

Freedom New Mexico Chase Gentry hopes he won’t have to knock on wood as much anymore when he tells businesses about eastern New Mexico’s long-term water outlook. That’s based on Monday’s news that President Barack Obama signed a public lands omnibus bill Monday containing authorization for the Ute Water Project. The project, which would bring […]

Students can be senator’s interns

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has student summer internships available in his Washington office.

Government’s hand doesn’t belong in banks

Freedom New Mexico With the government, under a Republican president, taking equity positions in banks as it has injected money into various financial institutions, the talk around Washington is whether under a Democratic president the government will go ahead with what seems to some the next logical step: Why not just nationalize certain banks and […]

Sen. Bingaman submits Ute bill

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced a package of bills Wednesday including proposed authorization of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The package could be voted on as soon as Sunday.

AP source: Richardson likely Commerce pick

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had emerged as a likely pick as Commerce Secretary, according to officials. Richardson was a rival of Obama’s for the Democratic presidential nomination last winter. He dropped out after the early contests, though, and soon threw his support behind the eventual winner. It was not […]

Defense bill includes Cannon funding

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Troops would get a pay raise in a defense bill that Congress sent President Bush on Saturday. Even before passage, lawmakers had backed away from an election-season showdown with the administration over Iraq. Legislation approved by a voice vote in the Senate would increase pay by 3.9 percent, extend […]

City to observe 9-11

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents are planning a local remembrance service Thursday morning in the Portales National Bank to mark the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11. This service is to honor the firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, said […]

Intern returns from Washington, D.C.

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior political science student Erin Griffith spent her summer as an intern for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.Her thoughts on the experience: Life on the Hill: “It was a one-of a-kind experience. We got the chance to shadow Senator Bingaman and see what his days are […]

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 […]

Grazing injunction will affect local CRP participants

Freedom New Mexico Washington — Eastern New Mexico farmers may be out thousands of dollars after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to halt cattle grazing on federally protected land on their property, according to a press release from Rep. Steve Pearce, R–N.M. U.S. District Judge John Coughenour granted a 10-day temporary restraining order […]

Bill would help CAFB

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bill Thursday that contains key funding for Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office. The bill, which primarily funds operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, contains $364 million to purchase seven MC-130J model Combat Talon II aircraft, five of which […]

Committee approves Ute project

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed legislation Thursday that would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties, according to a news release. The bill, which now heads to the full House, would authorize the U.S. […]